Elvis Presley and Olivia Newton-John
May 3, 2019
In 1976 Oliva again saw Elvis in concert and while she did not get a second chance to meet him, she was treated to Elvis performing her hit song. olivia: 'During the show, Elvis shocked me and sang my song ...' It blew me away to hear him say my name because I was such a big fan'.
Elvis noted the presence of Olivia and The Eagles at his April 1976 Long Beach concert. Elvis did perform If You Love Me (Let Me Know) at the concert.
Olivia Newton-John (with Abba) sings Elvis Presley's Jailhouse Rock
In her 1978 'Olivia Newton-John TV Special' (with Abba and Andy Gibb) Olivia sang a few lines of Jailhouse Rock.
Olivia writes in her book Don't Stop Believin' (2018):
And then there was Elvis.
I was really excited to be invited to see the King at the Hilton in Las Vegas. It was a celebrity-packed row, with Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber sitting next to me on either side. During the show, Elvis shocked me and sang my song 'Let Me Be There'. It blew me away to hear him say my name, because I was such a big fan. After the show, I went backstage to meet him and got another big surprise. Doris Day was there, too - I've always adored her. Doris was warm and welcoming, but sadly I never met Elvis up close and personal. His road manager said there was a emergency and Elvis had to leave the building,
As per the Tim Rice quote below, olivia was proably conflating the memories of her 1972 Vegas concert experience and her 1976 Long Beach experience.
In Tim Rice's autobiography he says that he attended Elvis concerts two nights running at the Hilton in 1972 with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Olivia, before he saw Elvis again in 1974 and met him. He said that after the 1972 concert, he and Olivia wandered the casino all night and she was totally unrecognized. If he is correct, then the following quote from Olivia's new memoirs is partly inaccurate, as in 1972 neither she nor Elvis had yet recorded or performed Let Me Be There or If You Love Me (Let Me Know).
Olivia Newton-John, was born 26 September 1948. She is an English-Australian singer, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, and activist. She is a four-time Grammy award winner who has amassed five number-one and ten other top ten Billboard Hot 100 singles, and two number-one Billboard 200 solo albums. Eleven of her singles (including two platinum) and 14 of her albums (including two platinum and four double platinum) have been certified gold by the RIAA. She has sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide, making her one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. She starred in the musical film Grease, and its soundtrack is one of the most successful in history, with the single 'You're the One That I Want', with John Travolta, one of the best selling singles.
Newton-John has been a long-time activist for environmental and animal rights issues. She has been an advocate for health awareness, becoming involved with various charities, health products, and fundraising efforts. Her business interests have included launching several product lines for Koala Blue and co-owning the Gaia Retreat & Spa in Australia.
Newton-John has been married twice. She is the mother of one daughter, Chloe Rose Lattanzi, with her first husband, actor Matt Lattanzi. She married John Easterling in 2008.
Elvis recorded Olivia Newton-John's songs, Let Me Be There and If You Love Me (Let Me Know) in concert during the 1970s.
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