Elvis Presley

Good Rockin' Tonight

Composed by Roy Brown

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Originally composed by Roy Brown, the original was one of the first tunes to make it big in the jump blues style of the late '40s. The next important version came in Wynonie Harris' cover version on King, which also made the R&B charts. The song was already somewhat of an R&B standard when a young Elvis Presley recorded it for his second single on the Sun label in 1954. Presley's recording established the song as a one of the early battle cries of rockabilly and the tune was soon adapted by rockabilly singers left and right. Charlie Feathers turned in several fine versions of this song during his career, as did Jerry Lee Lewis. The song also spawned a follow-up, "Rockin' After Midnight," best-known by its cover version by Robert Plant & the Honeydrippers.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1957
No Image 1959 RCA
A Date with Elvis 1959 RCA
No Image 1975
The Sun Sessions 1976 RCA
No Image 1983
Don't Be Cruel 1986 Documents
The Sun Story [Rhino] 1987
Various Artists
Rhino
No Image 1988 Pair
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: Elvis, the King - 1954-1965 1990 2:14
The King of Rock 'n' Roll: The Complete 50s Masters 1992 RCA 2:13
The Complete Sun Singles, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 2:13
The Legend Begins [Essential Gold] 1995 Essential Gold 2:11
Louisiana Hayride 1996 Branson Gold 1:53
Great Elvis Presley Live 1997 Goldies 1:50
Elvis Raw: Early Live Recording, March 19, 1955 1997 Peter Pan (ISP) 2:06
Platinum: A Life in Music 1997 RCA 2:12
Greatest Jukebox Hits 1997 RCA 2:12
Rock N' Roll Legends 1997
Various Artists
Mega Stars 2:00
The Elvis Presley Collection: Rock 'N' Roll [Time-Life] 1997 Time/Life Music
Blue Suede Shoes: The Ultimate Rock 'n' Roll Collection [BMG] 1998 BMG 2:13
A Touch of Platinum 1998 RCA 2:12
Sunrise 1999 RCA 2:12
Artist of the Century 1999 RCA 2:12
No Image 1999 Lightyear
No Image 1999 RCA 2:12
Rockin' 1999 BMG International 2:15
The Essential Elvis Presley [Red X] 1999 Red X 2:10
No Image 2000 The Magic Collection
Elvis 2000 2000 BMG International 2:13
Good Rockin' Tonight: Evolution of Elvis Presley, Vol. 1 & 2  - The Complete Louisiana 2000 Music Mill 2:55
Elvis Rockabilly 2000 BMG International 2:15
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Prism Entertainment
Hits of the 50's, Vol. 2 [Legacy] 2001
Various Artists
Legacy 2:03
Meer Dan Het Beste Van Elvis Presley 2001 BMG International 2:13
Swedish Hit Collection 2001 BMG International 2:13
Playing with Fire: At the Louisiana Hayride 2001 Synergie 1:51
Hayrides & Gambling Halls 2001 Car
No Image 2001 RCA 2:13
The Hillbilly Cat [Magnum] 2001 Magnum (UK) / Magnum 1:54
No Image 2001 Collectables
The Elvis Broadcasts on Air 2002 Stardust Records 1:53
The Great Performances, Vol. 3 2002 Rhino
The Early Recordings 2002 Charly Records 1:53
Special Collectors Edition 2003 Prism Entertainment 1:55
No Image 2003
Various Artists
Stardust Records
Elvis at Sun 2004 BMG / Bmg / Bmg Victor / RCA 2:13
Good Rockin' Tonight [Cleopatra] 2004 Rough Trade / Redline Records 3:55
The Best of Rockabilly 2004
Various Artists
Play 24-7 2:13
Early Hits of Rock and Roll 2004
Various Artists
Blue Moon
The Legend Live 2004 Phantom Import Distribution
No Image 2005 Music Products
Deluxe 2005 It Why
That's All Right: The Dawn of the Rock & Roll Era 2005
Various Artists
X5 Music Group 2:12
The King of Western Bop 2005 Rev-Ola Records
The Sun Story [Kala] 2005
Various Artists
Time Music 2:16
No Image 2005 Pop Legends
The Sun Years, Vol. 1 2005
Various Artists
Akarma / Acrobat 2:12
Rock N Roll [Membran] 2005
Various Artists
Phantom Records (England) / Documents / Membran/Documents / Music Alliance Membran 2:16
Shake Rattle & Roll: 50 Classic Rock N Roll Hits 2005
Various Artists
Sanctuary 2:13
Concert Anthology 1954-1956 2005 Redline Records
Great Rock N Roll: 58 Original Jivin Hits 2005
Various Artists
Prism Leisure 2:15
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Bluebird 2:22
Rock 'N' Roll Roots: The First Recordings 2005
Various Artists
Smith & Co. Sound & Vision
The Beginning of Rock 'n' Roll 2005
Various Artists
Beginning
Complete Sun Sessions [Chrome Dream] 2005 Chrome Dreams 2:08
The Sun Story [Time Music 1] 2005
Various Artists
Time Music 2:16
No Image 2006 Let the Good Times Roll / Music Products BV / Musicpro 2:14
Sunshine 2006 Universe 2:10
50 Rock and Roll Originals 2006
Various Artists
Delta 2:14
The Collection [Joan] 2006 Brilliant / Joan 2:17
Rock Around the Juke Box, Vol. 2 2006
Various Artists
Magic
Dove Collection [Prism Platinum] 2006 Prism Leisure Corporation (UK)
No Image 2006 Creative Sounds
Rock and Roll Rebellion: Rebels Without a Cause 2006
Various Artists
Big Eye Music / Fantastic Price Records 3:53
Elvis R&B 2006 RCA 2:13
Rock 'N Roll Hero 2006 Sony BMG 2:16
Oldies But Goldies [Documents] 2006
Various Artists
Document 2:15
The Blues Had a Baby...They Called It Rock 'N' Roll 2006
Various Artists
Primo Records 2:16
Elvis & Friends [Payless] 2006 Payless Entertainment 2:04
Elvis at the Hayride 2006 Efr / CBUJ Distribution 2:14
The Early Years [DVD/CD] 2006 Braun/Whe 2:03
The Essential Elvis Presley [RCA/Sony BMG] 2007 Legacy
Classic Rockabilly 2007
Various Artists
Proper Box 2:14
Love Me [Goldies] 2007 Goldies
40 Greatest Hits [Greatest Hits] 2007 Greatest Hits
That's Alright 2007 Snapper 2:13
Transmissions 2007 Classic Rock / Storming 2:13
The Sun Recordings 2007 Chrome Dreams 2:11
Razor Sharp Rockabilly 2007
Various Artists
Primo Records 2:14
The Birth of the King 1954-1956 2007 Saga All Stars 2:14
The Original Hit Albums 2007 Not Now Music
Elvis Pays Tribute to the Blues 2007
Various Artists
New Note / Saga / Saga Blues / Saga Records 2:14
No Image 2008
Various Artists
World Picture Records / ZYX / ZYX Music 2:12
World of Rock 'n Roll Legends 2008
Various Artists
ZYX Music 2:12
The Sun Records Anthology 2008
Various Artists
Not Now Music 2:16
Elvis: The Early Recordings 2008 ZYX Music 2:13
Rock 'N' Roll Heroes [3 Discs] 2008
Various Artists
ZYX / ZYX Music / Zyz 2:13
No Image 2008 Golden Stars
Music of My Life: Golden Decade, Vol. 13 (1954) 2008
Various Artists
Membran 2:14
No Image 2008 Noel
The Rock 'N' Roll Roadshow 2008
Various Artists
Music Digital 2:14
Rock 'N' Roll Greats [Delta] 2009
Various Artists
Delta Leisure 2:12
No Image 2009 Legacy / RCA / RCA/Legacy 2:14
Rock 'N' Roll Greats: Rock Around the Clock 2009
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 2:12
The Complete Elvis Presley Masters 2010 Legacy / RCA
Hits of the ‘50s 2010 Jasmine Records 2:14
Purely Rockabilly 2010
Various Artists
Delta Leisure Group / Purely 2:13
Absolutely Rock 'n' Roll 2011
Various Artists
Delta Leisure Group / Music Digital 2:14
No Image 2012
Various Artists
AP Music
The Essential Collection [Play 24-7] 2012 Play 24-7 2:15
Brilliant Elvis: Rock and Roll 2012 Cath Clothes / Redeye Music Distribution 2:18
The Sun Rock Box 2013
Various Artists
Bear Family Records
1954: The Year That Rocked The World
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd.
50 Favourite Tracks Excalibur 2:13
A Tribute To the Million Dollar Quartet
Various Artists
Delta Leisure Group / Performance 2:13
A Tribute to Elvis Presley
Various Artists
Musicrama Distribution
Absolutely Rockabilly
Various Artists
Delta Leisure Group / Music Digital 2:13
Birthday Celebration: 75th ZYX 2:11
Boy from Tupelo Hear Music
Classic Rockabilly: Hot Rock
Various Artists
Proper Records 2:14
Don't Be Cruel [Membran] Membran 2:13
No Image DM Digital 2:14
Elvis Lives, Vol. 1 Forever Classic Hits 2:06
Elvis Raw Live, Vol. 4 Entertainment Group 2:06
Elvis and the Originals, Vol.2
Various Artists
Ideal 2:15
Elvis: 101 Hits of the King DWK Records 2:13
Elvis: Gold Not Now Music 2:14
La  Voix du Rock BMG France
Looking Back - Elvis Presley, Vol. 1 Digilouge 2:13
No Image
Various Artists
Bluebird 2:22
Rock 'n' Roll Classics, Vol. 1
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:22
Rock Hits Success 2:15
Rock N' Roll Fever, Vol. 19
Various Artists
Digilouge 2:13
Rock N' Roll Fever, Vol. 7
Various Artists
Digilouge 2:13
Rock n Roll Hits of the 50's, Vol. 2 [Excalibur]
Various Artists
Excalibur 2:13
Rock-a-Billy Dynamite
Various Artists
Documents 2:14
Rockabilly Rebels [K-Tel]
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:22
Rockabilly's Gravest Hits: 75 Hard Hitting Classics
Various Artists
Not Now Music 2:15
No Image
Various Artists
Wagram
Rolling Back the Years Present: Gold Classic Hits, Vol. 3
Various Artists
Digilouge 2:13
Scotty & Bill Delta Music Group / Mbop Global 2:14
Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll [Delta]
Various Artists
Delta 2:13
The Rock 'N' Roll Years Dance Street 2:13
No Image
Various Artists
Hustlerz Inc
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