Help Save the Radio Studio Where Rock History Was Made

From Pledge Music:

Memphis: July 8th, 1954: Sun Records owner Sam Phillips brings radio disc jockey Dewey Phillips a recording of a young singer named Elvis Presley who has just cut a song called “That’s All Right”. Dewey has a show broadcast out of the Hotel Chisca called “Red, Hot, & Blue” on WHBQ. Dewey can’t tell if this singer with the weird name is black or white. Sam explains that they created this new music two nights before over at Sun Studio – but they don’t know what to call it. As the night’s broadcast begins, a nervous Elvis goes to the movies a few blocks from his home, thinking that he will fail miserably.

He doesn’t fail. He makes music history, radio history, and American history.
Callers demand that Dewey play “That’s All Right” at least 14 times on the air in one night. Callers want to know: Is the kid is black or white? What kind of music is this? Is it country? Is it blues? Sam Phillips urges the Presleys to find their son and get him down to the Hotel Chisca because Dewey Phillips is going to interview him live on the air.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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