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On This Day In Music History: “That’s All Right (Mama)”

The first thing you hear is an acoustic guitar. That’s Elvis Presley, fingering an open-position A Major chord and¬†setting the tempo¬†with a solid Carter scratch: boom–chuck–boom-pa-chuck-a. After 4 beats, Bill Black’s slapping upright bass comes in, doubling the guitar’s alternating … Continue reading

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