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Elvis SongPedia: Good Rockin' Tonight

Good Rockin' Tonight




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Basic Stats

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Written by: Roy Brown

Recorded: September 10, 1954, Sun Studio, Memphis
Released master is take 2 (?).

Single:w/ "I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine", Sun 210 (45rpm and 78rpm), September 25, 1954
Also re-released on RCA, 47-6381 (45rpm) and 20-6381 (78rpm), January 23, 1956
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0602, September 30, 1958

RIAA Certified: Gold (as of 01/06/2005)

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
Didn't chart nationally

1st LP release: - September 1959
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My Spin

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If "Baby Let's Play House" is pure rockabilly, and I think it is, then "Good Rockin' Tonight" is one of Elvis' first examples of pure rock-n-roll! His second single from Sun Records, and a tune that, through his live performances, would establish him as a "rock-n-roller" throughout the South!

I'll have some more to say later, but meanwhile cruise the music, videos and links!

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)


"Good Rockin' Tonight" is one of the most important of Presley's Sun recordings. As the title implies, it is early rock, but is of more than historical interest. For the first time, the versatility of Presley's voice is revealed on disc: strong, rich, and deep, yet capable of a wide range of timbres. The progress since the July sessions is startling - particularly when one realizes that this high-energy music was created by just three people - without drums.

Robert Matthew-Walker, Elvis Presley: A Study in Music icon, 1979




The quintessential invitation to rock, Elvis-style. The song he sang with a guitar all over Memphis, on flat-bed trucks and in dance hall auditoriums throughout the South. Recorded by Sam Phillips with plenty of echo reverb for his Sun label in September of 1954.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982




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"Good Rockin' Tonight" Lyrics and Downloads

Well, I heard the news, there's good rockin' tonight
Well, I heard the news, there's good rockin' tonight

I'm gonna hold my baby as tight as I can
Tonight she'll know I'm a mighty, mighty man
I heard the news, there's good rockin' tonight

I say, well, meet me in a hurry behind the barn
Don't you be afraid, darling I'll do you no harm
I want you to bring along my rockin' shoes
'Cause tonight I'm gonna rock away all my blues
I heard the news, there's good rockin' tonight

Well, we're gonna rock. We're gonna rock
Let's rock. Come on and rock
We're gonna rock all our blues away

Have you heard the news, everybody's rockin' tonight
Have you heard the news, everybody's rockin' tonight

I'm gonna hold my baby as tight as I can
Well, tonight she'll know I'm a mighty, mighty man
I heard the news, there's good rockin' tonight

Well, we're gonna rock, rock, rock
Come on and rock, rock, rock
Well, rock, rock, rock, rock
Let's rock, rock, rock, rock
We're gonna rock all our blues away


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