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Monday, October 30, 2006

Stage Fright - Elvis and Hudson

Dead Beat remembers the early days of Sun - Sam Phillips used to ask him to beat out the rhythm on garbage cans - Jonhhy Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and that old tom cat Billy Lee Riley.

Oh yeah there was the hillybilly, Elvis something..."

Hudson interjects: Elvis Presley’s first record (“That’s All Right” and “Blue Moon of Kentucky”) was recorded July 5, 1954. It was released on the Sun label two weeks later. Elvis was 19 years old. He had never appeared anywhere professionally. In fact, he had only met the two members of his band, guitarist Scotty Moore and bass player Bill Black, the day before the initial session.
On July 30, Elvis made what amounted to his official debut on a country and western jamboree, headlined by Slim Whitman (Hold on Hudders, my mother likes Slim Whitman - Hold on Dead Beat my mother does too...), at Memphis’ Overton Park shell. Even in the midst of a seasoned professional cast and despite a pronounced case of stage fright, he was an immediate sensation. Over the next few weeks, his record proved to be a big hit in Memphis, and he made a number of club appearances. But Sun Records president Sam Phillips had bigger plans...

"What are you saying Hudson?"

"Movies, Dad. Hollywood. Lousy albums. A waste of a decade. Sideburns. Burgers and fries."

"Hudson you are but a non-entity."

"Not in Memphis, Dead Beat, not in Memphis."

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