Tom Petty Picks Elvis Presley Songs That Influenced His Music

"Elvis became the soundtrack of my early years"

"That's All Right" (1954)

"Elvis and his band were fooling around at the end of a session at Sun with this song, and Sam Phillips heard it right away. It was a pretty obscure Arthur Crudup song, and it's incredible to me that Elvis knew it. He really put his own whack on it. He sings with a hiccup in the timing – I don't know where that came from. The Sun stuff is really high art. It's so pure, and that sense of discovery is there."