That's All Right

Composer: Arthur Crudup

Grateful Dead

info Here Comes Sunshine 1973, 2023
info RFK St., Washington, 6/10/73, Grateful Dead, 2023

Jerry Garcia

info Live At Keystone, Merl Saunders / Jerry Garcia / John Kahn / Bill Vitt, 1973
info Live At Keystone Volume 2, Merl Saunders / Jerry Garcia / John Kahn / Bill Vitt, 1988
info Concord Music Group Sampler, Various Artists, 2005
info Keystone Companions: The Complete 1973 Fantasy Recordings, 2012
info Garcia Live: Vol Six, Jerry Garcia/Merl Saunders, 2016
info Garcia Live: Vol 12: Jan 23, 1973, Garcia / Saunders, 2019

Bill Kreutzmann

info May 1, 2015, New Orleans, Voodoo Dead, 2015


This is not intended to be a comprehensive list.

no info Single, Arthur Crudup, 194?
no info Single, Elvis Presley with Scotty and Bill, 1954
no info Single, Marty Robbins, 1954
no info For LP Fans Only, Elvis Presley, 1959
no info Mean Ol' Frisco, Arthur Crudup, 1960
no info That's Alright Mama, Big Boy Crudup, 1961
no info Guitar That Changed The World, Scotty Moore, 1964
no info Best Of Junior Parker, Junior Parker, 1966
info Safe at Home, The International Submarine Band, 1968
no info Blues For Elvis - Albert King Does The King's Thing, Albert King, 1970
no info Elvis, That's The Way It Is Soundtrack, Elvis Presley, 1970
no info Future Blues, Canned Heat, 1970
no info Every Picture Tells A Story, Rod Stewart, 1971
no info The Father Of Rock and Roll, Arthur Crudup, 1972
no info Life Machine, Hoyt Axton, 1974
no info Long Tall Sally, Carl Perkins, 1977
no info In Concert, Elvis Presley, 1977
no info Ol' Waylon, Waylon Jennings, 1977
no info Elvis! Soundtrack, Elvis Presley, 1979
no info The Old Gang, Sonny Burgess, 1981
no info The Last Detail, Warren Smith, 1981
no info Elvis, Scotty and Bill: The First Year, Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, and Bill Black, 1984
no info Rockin' Rollin' Robbins, Marty Robbins, 1985
no info Live at Newport in New York, Various Artists (Arthur Crudup), 1989
no info Black Claw and Country Fever, Albert Lee, 1991
no info Raging Harlem Hit Parade, Various Artists (Arthur Crudup), 1991
no info King Of Rock 'n' Roll - The Complete 50s Masters, Elvis Presley, 1992
info Blues Masters, Vol. 6: Blues Originals, Various Artists (Arthur Crudup), 1993
no info Charly Blues Masterworks (Box Set), Various Artists (Arthur Crudup), 1994
no info King Of The Blues, Freddie King, 1995
no info Chicago Blues Masters, Vol. 2, Jimmie Rogers, 1995
no info Off Yonder Wall, Jelly Roll Kings, 1997
no info Platinum - A Life In Music, Elvis Presley, 1997
no info Undiscovered - The Early Years, Albert Lee, 1997
no info Keepers, Merl Saunders, 1997
no info Complete Sun Sessions, Elvis Presley, 19??
no info Cruisin' Deuces, Danny Gatton, 19??
no info Live in Las Vegas Box Set, Elvis Presley, 2001
info Good Rockin' Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records, Various Artists (Paul McCartney), 2001
info Live Classics from the WSM Grand Ole Opry, Marty Robbins, 2001
info When the Sun Goes Down: The Secret History of Rock, Various Artists (Arthur Crudup), 2002
no info That's All Right Mama, Albert Lee, 2003
info Muriel Anderson's 10th Anniversary All Star Guitar Night, Muriel Anderson / Various Artists, 2004
info Secret Agent Man: The Ultimate Johnny Rivers Anthology, Johnny Rivers, 2006
info The Roots Of Bob Dylan, Various Artists (Elvis Presley), 2009
no info The Roots of Led Zeppelin, Various Artists (Arthur Crudup), 2009
info Pure... Blues, Various Artists (Arthur Crudup), 2011
info Lightning Striking, Various Artists (Elvis Presley), 2021


Played by the Grateful Dead in 1973 and in 1986. Also played frequently by the Garcia / Saunders group and later by the Jerry Garcia Band.

The original title of this song is That's All Right. However it often appears on records as That's Alright or That's Alright Mama or That's All Right Mama.

Originally recorded by Crudup on Sept. 6th 1946.

Possibly based on lines from That Black Snake Moan by Blind Lemon Jefferson.

Mama that's alright, Mama that's alright for you,
Mama that's alright, Mama that's alright for you,
Mama that's alright won't you know where you do.

The song is most famous for being Elvis Presley's first released single. It was recorded during an unsuccessful session recording ballad material. During a break, according to Scotty Moore the guitarist on the session;

"All of a sudden Elvis started singing a song, jumping around, acting the fool, and then Bill [Black] picked up his bass and started acting the fool too, and I started playing with them. Sam [Philips] had the door to the control booth open .... he stuck his head out and said, 'What're you doing?' We said, 'We don't know.' 'Well back up,' he said, 'try to find a place to start and do it again.'"

Presley's version was released on the Sun label (Sun 209) on July 19th 1954 with Blue Moon Of Kentucky as the B-Side.