The life and iconic career of The King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley remains a significant influence in the music and entertainment industry. Merely two years after his untimely passing in 1977, the celebrated director John Carpenter released Elvis, a documentary film, in honor of the King.
American actor Kurt Russell starred in the movie. He was 28 years old back then. Moreover, such a television role was Russell’s final act before embarking on performing in films. In many respects, the television biopic had paved the way for a long-lasting working relationship for Russell and Carpenter. Accordingly, the two had worked on more projects in the years that followed.
Undeniably, the movie helped propel Russell to stardom in Hollywood. Taking the role of The King earned Russell an Emmy Awards nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie in 1980. While the film wasn’t that comprehensive since it only covered Presley’s earlier career up to 1970, it did not fail to include the most important events in the singer’s life. One of these events was Presley’s famous performance at the Grand Ole Opry.
Presley’s Opry Performance
Despite being a superstar, Presley only appeared once at the Grand Ole Opry. This appearance was recorded on October 2, 1954. During the set, the singer performed a Bill Monroe-penned tune which would later become a big hit for Presley. That song was called “Blue Moon of Kentucky.” In his version of the song, Presley made the rhythm more upbeat and less bluesy than the original.
This modification in the rhythm allowed Presley to showcase several of his signature dance moves. He took the chance to give his all during that performance. Though he never had the opportunity to come back to the Opry stage, he left a momentous performance. That’s also the reason why it made it into the film Elvis.
Russell was the perfect fit to play The King’s role. The actor was able to capture Presley’s moves excellently. His energy is superb and contagious. Watching him dance, you can’t help but dance with him as well. Just watch the clip below, and you’ll never regret.