Two years after we lost the King of Rock & Roll Elvis Presley, comedian Andy Kaufman brought the music legend back to life in a way never seen before.
Formally known as an entertainer and actor, Kaufman often described himself as a man of song and dance. Frequently, he performed on late-night talk shows such as Saturday Night Live and Late Night with David Letterman. To note, he made a name for himself as an entertainer in Hollywood.
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On the same note, The Johnny Cash Show became popular for its renowned guest appearances. In addition, it was a show that aired a total of 58 episodes from 1969 to 1971. With those episodes, the series brought on some of the country’s biggest stars. From the names such as Kenny Rogers to the likes of James Taylor, the audience enjoyed a treat of talent and music.
Kaufman’s Impression of Elvis at The Johnny Cash Show
In 1979, Johnny Cash invited Kaufman to the stage during the Christmas special of his show. As he introduced the entertainer to the crowd, Cash relayed Elvis’ personal appreciation for Kaufman. He told the audience:
“You know, Elvis Presley once said that out of all the Elvis imitators, the one that he enjoyed the most is our guest Andy Kaufman.”
Live on the show, the crowd witnessed a stunning performance that they would never forget. Known for his hilarious impressions, Kaufman brought Elvis back to life with his midnight-black wig and bejeweled white jumpsuit. It only took him seconds into his act to impress the audience. He rendered the Rock & Roll legend’s “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin.”
True enough, his vocals were simply amazing as he channeled the inner Elvis Presley in him. He even shared a story of how Elvis crafted his first record. This impressed Cash and the audience even more. This performance of Kaufman left everyone astounded. His impersonation of the music icon was way amazing. However, this would be Kaufman’s one of his last performances as he passed away four years later in 1984.
Watch and be amazed by Andy Kaufman impersonating Elvis Presley with “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin:”
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