Credit: n/aA loaded statement in the history of rock, depending on what type of lineage tree your music heart follows, Elvis’ freewheelin’ wizardry of rockabilly and jump on Arthur Crudup‘s mid 40s blues stapleThat’s All Right,” recorded on this day at Sun Studios in 1954, is largely considered the day rock and roll was born. Much of it is leather pin-up, hip-shaking lore, but there’s no denying “The King” in training here and his wild-heart vocal imprint that didn’t need any dressing at all, taking a down-and-out sentiment about an “ain’t no good” gal and turning it into a perfectly post-war lovers-be-beautifully-damned chase. Or rather, “that’s all right mama/anyway you do:”

Well, that’s all right, mama
That’s all right for you
That’s all right mama, just anyway you do
Well, that’s all right, that’s all right
That’s all right now mama, anyway you do

 

Mama she done told me,
Papa done told me too
‘Son, that gal you’re foolin’ with,
She ain’t no good for you’
But, that’s all right, that’s all right
That’s all right now mama, anyway you do

 

I’m leaving town tomorrow
I’m leaving town for sure
Then you won’t be bothered
With me hanging’ round your door
But, that’s all right, that’s all right
That’s all right now mama, anyway you do

 

I ought to mind my papa
Guess I’m not too smart,
If I was I’d leave you
Go before you break my heart
But, that’s all right, that’s all right
That’s all right now mama, anyway you do