Good Rockin' Tonight

Elvis Presley

Song Review by Cub Koda

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
Good Rockin' Tonight [RCA] 1957
A Touch of Gold [EP] 1959 RCA
A Date with Elvis 1959 BMG International 2:12
40 Greatest Hits [Arcade] 1975 Arcade Music
The Sun Collection 1975
The Sun Sessions 1976 BMG International 2:14
The First Year (Elvis, Scotty and Bill) 1983
The Sun Story [Rhino] 1987
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Bros. 2:15
Remembering Elvis 1988 Pair 0:00
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
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
A Touch of Platinum 1998 RCA 2:12
Sunrise 1999 RCA 2:12
Artist of the Century 1999 RCA 2:12
The Collection [RCA] 1999 RCA 2:12
Rockin' 1999 BMG International 2:15
The Essential Elvis Presley [Red X] 1999 Red X 2:10
Elvis 2000 2000 BMG International 2:13
Elvis Rockabilly 2000 BMG International 2:15
Meer Dan Het Beste Van Elvis Presley 2001 BMG International 2:13
Swedish Hit Collection 2001 BMG International 2:13
#1 Hit Singles Collection: Limited Edition Vinyl Box Set 2001 Collectables
The Elvis Broadcasts on Air 2002 Stardust Records 1:53
Forever James Dean 2003
Various Artists
Stardust Records
Elvis at Sun 2004 BMG Heritage 2:13
Elvis R&B 2006 RCA 2:13
Classic Rockabilly 2007
Various Artists
Proper Box 2:14
Boy from Tupelo 2008 Hear Music
The Sun Rock Box 2013
Various Artists
Bear Family Records
The Movie Soundtracks: 20 Original Albums 2014 RCA 2:14
The 1950s 2014 Sony Legacy 2:14
Bossa Nova Baby: The Ultimate Elvis Presley Party Album 2014 Legacy / RCA 2:12
A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings 2017 Legacy / RCA / Sony Music 2:35
Masters of Music: Essential Original Albums 2017 Intermusic / Masters of Music 2:16
Elvis Presley: The Searcher [Original Soundtrack] 2018 Legacy / RCA / Sony CMG / Sony Music 0:00
Absolutely Rockabilly
Various Artists
Delta Leisure Group / Music Digital 2:13
Classic Rockabilly: Hot Rock
Various Artists
Proper Records 2:14