Elvis: That's Alright Mama 60 Years On

Elvis: That's Alright Mama 60 Years On
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Review

Radio 2 listeners have already heard this tribute to Elvis Presley’s debut 45, cut at Sun Studios on 5 July 1954. Actor and musician Sam Palladio hosts, telling the story of Presley’s impoverished upbringing and how, on that day 60 years ago, a frivolous jam at the end of a frustrating day’s recording invented a new kind of popular music. Various singers and bands are on hand to sing classic Elvis numbers but, accomplished as Candi Staton and the Pierces are, it’s apparent that the magic in the room might have dissipated a bit over the past six decades.

Summary

Actor and musician Sam Palladio hosts a musical tribute to Elvis Presley, originally broadcast 60 years after the artist recorded his first single That's All Right at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. The presenter traces Elvis's story from a childhood spent in poverty to the moment he entered a recording booth to perform the track that would act as a springboard to his success. Featuring performances of a selection of the King of Rock 'n' Roll's finest songs from artists including Candi Staton, the Pierces and Laura Bell Bundy.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Sam Palladio
Musical Guest Candi Staton
Musical Guest The Pierces
Musical Guest Laura Bell Bundy
Director Jonathan Mayo
Executive Producer Phil Critchlow
Producer Jonathan Mayo
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