#896: 1954, Elvis Presley, Good Rockin’ Tonight

by George_East on May 13, 2014

About time for something from the King, I think.    Good Rockin’ Tonight, his second single for Sun Records, is I think the moment that Presley announced himself musically on the world as something far more exciting than anything that had gone before, even if it would take his major label debut (and Songs To Learn and Sing launch song), Heartbreak Hotel,with major label distribution reach to make him a global megastar.   His first single, That’s All Right, however great, was more of a country blues number than an out and out rocker.

There was though no possibility of missing the intention with Good Rockin’ Tonight, a song which would also lend itself to Colin Escott’s fabulous history of Sun Records, Good Rockin’ Tonight – Sun Records and the Birth of Rock N Roll – a book that any music fan should read.

The initial reception for the record was bewilderment, with the country radio stations that had picked up the first single not knowing what to do with it.   This was some time before full blown rock n roll radio stations had established themselves.

Have you heard the news’  indeed.

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