Elvis bombed at The Grand Ole Opry in 1954

September 3, 2017

To coincide with the release of his second Sun single

 "Good Rockin' Tonight"

Record producer Sam Phillips had the idea to book

Elvis Presley with Bill Black and Scotty Moore

into The Grand Ole Opry to made their first appearance

on October 2nd of 1954

Elvis performed on the Opry’s famous stage  

his high-energy brand of rockabilly “Blue Moon of Kentucky”

His early rockabilly sound

didn’t quite fit in any genre including country music

Elvis wasn’t prepared for the lukewarm reception he received


The Opry's manager Jim Denney

suggested Elvis "go back to driving a truck"


Elvis Presley wasn’t swayed by discouragement

and the future legend swore never to return


The lack of interest from the Grand Ole Opry

may have been a blessing in disguise

The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll went to the Opry’s biggest competitor 

the live radio show Louisiana Hayride only two weeks later

Elvis Presley signed a contract

to make 52 Saturday night appearances

on the show helping launch his legendary career


Elvis Presley went on to sell what RCA has estimated

more than one billion albums worldwide



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