Anyway You Do

Rock did not become successful till singles like Bill Haley & The Comets song ‘Rock Around the Clock’ was released in1954, Little Richard’s ‘Tutti Frutti’ came out in 1955 and Elvis Presley sang ‘Hound Dog’ in 1956.  In 1951, the song ‘Rocket 88’ which was a #1 R&B hit for Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats who were actually Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm is considered by many people to be the first rock song at a time when there were no rock charts and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has recognized it as being the first rock and roll song ever recorded.  Some earlier songs were also thought to be rock songs and these were ‘Saturday Night Fish Fry’ by Louis Jordan & The Tympany Five in 1949, ‘Rock This Joint’ by Jimmy Preston And His Prestonians in 1949, ‘Good Rockin’ Tonight’ by Wynonie Harris in 1948, and the earliest one considered as rock is ‘That’s All Right, Mama’ by Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup in 1946.

Arthur Crudup was one of the most prominent blues recording artists of the 1940s.  He was a large child and he was given the nickname “Big Boy”.  Crudup grew up singing spirituals, but did not start playing guitar until he was in his thirties.  In 1941, while playing on the streets in Chicago, he was offered a chance to record for RCA Victor’s Bluebird label.  His unique sound and memorable lyrics caught on with record buyers, and he continued to record for RCA until 1954.  His best-known records included ‘Rock Me Mama’, ‘Mean Old ‘Frisco Blues’, and three songs that were covered by Presley: ‘That’s All Right’, ‘My Baby Left Me’ and ‘So Glad You’re Mine’.  After Elvis Presley recorded three Crudup songs in the 1950s, Crudup became known as “The Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll.”  Despite the commercial success of his songs, Crudup was never fairly paid for the music he composed and recorded, and he had to work as a laborer or bus driver to support his family.  He died from a heart attack on March 28, 1974 at the age of 68.

Elvis was an 18-year-old truck driver working for Crown Electric Company when he came to Sun Records on Saturday,  June 26, 1953 in Memphis and paid them $3.09 plus tax to make an acetate record as a gift for his mother.  Sam Phillips recorded Elvis singing ‘My Happiness’ and ‘That’s When Your Heartaches Begin’, and his assistant Marion Keisker remembers being very impressed with Elvis.  In early July 1954, Phillips asked bassist Bill Black and guitarist Scotty Moore to go meet with Elvis and report back to him with their assessment.  Phillips arranged a recording session with them and Elvis for July 5th.

They tried out a bunch of songs, but nothing was working out and finally they decided to take a break.  It was late, Elvis was clearly discouraged, and everybody had to work the next day.  Scotty and Bill were sipping Cokes, not saying much of anything.  Elvis started singing an old blues number by Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup called ‘That’s All Right, Mama’ as an up-tempo song playing it at twice the speed as the original, jumping around and acting silly, when Bill picked up his bass, and he started horsing around, and then Scotty started joined in with them.  Sam burst out of the control booth telling them that they had hit the mark and that they should do it again, because he wanted to record it and this second take that was the keeper.

After that session was over and everyone went home, Sam started reflecting about what transpired and he started to savor the moment, not completely understanding at the time what had happened, but he felt that nothing would ever be quite the same again.  Elvis’ first single ‘That’s All Right’/’Blue Moon Of Kentucky’ was beginning to take off and by the middle of August 1954, both sides would be on the Billboard Chart for the Memphis area.  Disc jockey Dewey Phillips aired it on his show the day after Elvis recorded it.  After he started playing this song, it quickly caught on in Memphis and went national, setting the stage for the Elvis’s music career.  The song ‘That’s All Right, Mama’ was released on the Sun Sessions album and it went to #3 in the UK.  This up-tempo Blues variation led some music historians to consider this song as being the first rock song.

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 your 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
One and one is two, two and two is four
Don’t leave me baby when you walk out the door
That’s all right, that’s all right
That’s all right now Mama, anyway you do
I’m leaving town, baby
I’m leaving town for sure
Well you won’t be bothered
With me hangin’ round my door
Well, that’s all right, that’s all right.
That’s all right now mama, anyway you do

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the theme is Come/Go/Leave/Stay.

29 thoughts on “Anyway You Do

      1. Probably one of our top ten artists that we love. Hope you are having a great weekend. Husband’s got tomorrow off so we get a long weekend and a short week !!! Y A Y. Happy President’s Day 🌹🌹

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  1. You know I love me some Elvis. I heard this story on the Elvis Channel 19 SiriusXM by George Klein (GK) before his passing last year. Elvis sure loved his mama and this was a perfect break out song for him with Blue Moon of Kentucky on the B side. I had the 45 when I was a kid. Of course, by then, it was an Oldie but Goodie. 🙂

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