That’s All Right

Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup

“Royalties Past Due”

This recording was made in Chicago in on September 6, 1946 by Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup (guitar and vocals), Ransom Knowling (string bass), and Judge Riley (drums).

“That’s All Right” was written and originally recorded by Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup in 1946. It was released as a single on RCA Victor 20-2205, but was less successful than some of Crudup’s previous recordings. At the same session, he recorded a virtually identical tune with different lyrics, “I Don’t Know It”, which was also released as a single (RCA Victor 20-2307). In early March 1949, the song was rereleased under the title, “That’s All Right, Mama” (RCA Victor 50-0000), which was issued as RCA’s first rhythm and blues record on their new 45 rpm single format on bright orange vinyl.

Elvis Presley’s version was recorded in July 1954, and released with “Blue Moon of Kentucky” as the B-side. Its catalogue number was Sun 209. The label reads “That’s All Right” (omitting “Mama” from the original title), and names the performers as Elvis Presley, Scotty and Bill. Arthur Crudup was credited as the composer on the label of Presley’s single, however Crudup never saw any of the proceeds. He launched a law suit against Elvis Presley’s music publisher but died before the case was settled. After his death his children received a check for $60,000 in back royalties. These payments continue to this day.

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