Elvis and the Grand Ole Opry-what's the actual story?
In the 1979 film ELVIS, which starred Kurt Russell, it was portrayed that Elvis auditioned at the Grand Ole Opry and rejected and told to go back to driving a truck. In the mini series Elvis-The Early years, it was portrayed that Elvis actually performed live on the Grand Ole Opry and received very, very little applause from the audience, which then lead to an Opry official to reject Elvis performing there.
Can someone explain what actually happened? Did Elvis only audition before Opry officials or did he play live? If he played live, is there a recording of the performance, because I have heard many old radio shows of the program exist.
"By Those Who Knew Him Best"
Buddy Killen (a country artist) was there when Elvis performed at the Grand Ole Opry. He said that Elvis choose to do 'Blue Moon Of Kentucky' because 'That's Allright Mama' was too rocking for that place. Buddy mentions that Elvis didn't get to do an encore, but that the crowd reaction was much better than what's being told nowadays.
Faron Young (artist during that period) knew the head of the Grand Ole Opry (Jim Denny). Faron still doesn't know where that 'better stay being a truckdriver' comes from "I'll bet you 10 million dollars to a dougnut that Denny never made that remark to Elvis. Denny, in his heart, would never have said something like that, even if he thought it. That's a bunch of b*llsh*t"
Bill Denny (son of Jim) said that he wasn't there during that time, but Chet Atkins and a bunch of other persons were. Years later he went to Chet to ask about that remark. Chet (and those other persons) denied that Jim ever had said a thing like that.
Source: 'By Those Who Knew Him Best' (page 68-69)
Elvis' treatment of Bill Monroe's SACRED SONG caused audience to silence
The treatment of "Blue Moon of Kentucky" didn't sit well with HARDCORE COUNTRY fans..( I read this somewhere?? ) :angry: