FLASHBACK: SHAKING UP THE OPRY
Elvis Presley was nowhere near musical stardom when he made his Grand Ole Opry debut on Oct. 2, 1954. But the shy 19-year-old from Memphis, who had played for country audiences on the Louisiana Hayride radio show, still managed to shake things up.
Elvis performed a rocking version of Bill Monroe's "Blue Moon of Kentucky," which some fans in the audience found distasteful. But after the performance, Bill told Elvis that he enjoyed his take on the song. Another backstage conversation, however, became a center of controversy.
According to some reports, the Opry's house manager Jim Denny - supposedly displeased by the lukewarm audience reaction - pulled Elvis aside and told him to go back to driving a truck. The story made the rounds for years, but many who were there that night - including the late Faron Young - insisted that Denny never made such a hurtful comment.
"I don't know how that got started," declared Faron. "I knew Jim Denny very well, and I'll bet you ten million dollars to a doughnut he didn't make that remark to Elvis. Denny would never say something like that, even if he though it."
In his typical plain-spoken manner, Faron added, "To me, that story's just a bunch a bull ... !"