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Memphis and Graceland to Celebrate 60th Anniversary of First Elvis Presley Single in 2014

Image courtesy of Business Wire (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Business Wire (via ABC News Radio)

Elvis Presley 's estate is planning a yearlong series of events to mark the 60th anniversary of the recording of the late King of Rock 'n' Roll's first official single, "That's All Right."  On July 5, 1954, Elvis entered Memphis' famed Sun Studio with his band mates -- guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black -- and cut an energetic version of the Arthur Crudup -penned tune, an event that many consider to signal the birth of the rock 'n' roll genre.

The festivities will begin on New Year's Eve with the traditional "guitar drop" at the Hard Rock Café on Beale Street.  A 10-foot-long guitar sculpture emblazoned with official "60 Years of Rock 'n' Roll" art will descend 100 feet onto the thoroughfare as the clocks strikes midnight CT.

The anniversary also will be recognized during Presley's annual birthday celebrations, that will take place from January 8 -- the date of Elvis' birth -- through January 11.  Then, on March 3, a new Graceland exhibit will debut focusing on the birth of rock 'n' roll and how Presley has made his mark on musical history and popular culture during the last 60 years.

On July 5, 2014, a worldwide celebration of the 60th anniversary of Presley's landmark "That's All Right" session will take place at Sun Studio. Details about the commemorative event will be announced soon.

To find out more details about the anniversary events, visit Elvis.com/60Years .

Meanwhile, this year's edition of Graceland's annual candlelight vigil marking the anniversary of Presley's death begins today and is expected to run into the early morning hours of tomorrow, August 16.  Fans who can't make it to Memphis to take part in memorial can watch the two hours' worth of the event, which will be streamed live on YouTube starting at 8 p.m. CT.

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