On July 5, 1954, Elvis Presley made himself comfortable at a mike in Sun Studio in Memphis and successfully recorded his speeded-up version of Arthur Crudup’s song That’s All Right.Guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black helped propel the song into pop immortality.
Memphis DJ Dewey Phillips played it for the first time on July 8, 1954 on WHBQ radio, and such was its popularity that the song was put on repeat fourteen times. Thus Rock ‘n’ Roll was born, according to Elvis fans, though others might dispute this birth date.
60 years on, The Elvis brigade are wasting no time in 2014. New Year’s Eve will be an important night at the Hard Rock Café On Memphis’s Beale Street. Thousands will gather to watch a 10-foot guitar wrapped in the 60 years of Rock ‘n’ Roll art descend 100 feet at midnight.
On January 8, fans will assemble at Graceland as a giant cake is cut during the Elvis Presley Day Proclamation Ceremony. Events continue through until January 11. The Memphis Symphony Orchestra will perform symphonic interpretations of those early Elvis and Sun Studio hits.
Exploring the boy from Tupelo’s Gospel side, there is even an Elvis Fans Holy Land Tour taking place between February 23 and March 4 next. Fans who sign up for the pilgrimage can "cruise the Sea of Galilee, float in the Dead Sea, roam the beaches of Tel Aviv, and experience baptism in the Jordan River".
A comprehensive list of all festivities - and there are many more than those mentioned here - can be found at Elvis.com/60years.