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He was the greatest Elvis impersonator

Fri Dec 29, 2006 2:26 am

Andy Kaufman, sadly passed away years ago, was great and loyal fan of the man we know as the King. Here we have video where he makes first not-so-good impersonating of Ed Sullivan. Well, people laught but they didn't know what to expect. Next he made impersonating of Elvis Presley. Audience wend little bit crazy after hearing Elvis' name but more crazy when they saw how good he was.

I think this was filmed in 1975. I've heard that Andy was Elvis' favorite of peoples who did impersonate him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmxBb1PE ... ed&search=

Fri Dec 29, 2006 2:42 am

I think this was his first Elvis impersonation:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxOa6_hepQ0

Fri Dec 29, 2006 2:52 am

Actually Cliff Richard was probably one of the first.

Vince Everett and Ral Donner were pretty good too.

Fri Dec 29, 2006 3:11 am

Every singer in the 50's were Elvis impersonators. :wink:

Fri Dec 29, 2006 3:13 am

Why do people rave about this Guys impersonation?

It's Crap !!!!!!!

Fri Dec 29, 2006 3:14 am

Probably because it's NOT crap!

Fri Dec 29, 2006 3:15 am

ekenee wrote:Actually Cliff Richard was probably one of the first.


If you can ignore Gene Vincent & Eddie Cochran.

Fri Dec 29, 2006 4:00 am

This guy..... till he let himself go. :lol:

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JEFF d
EAP fan

Fri Dec 29, 2006 4:07 am

I don't think that's funny.

Fri Dec 29, 2006 4:15 am

changeofhabit wrote:I don't think that's funny.


You don't?? It's Andy Kaufman... after he faked his death! This was taken at a Burger King in Kalamazoo Michigan in 2005!

JEFF d
EAP fan

Fri Dec 29, 2006 5:25 am

Colin wrote:

If you can ignore Gene Vincent & Eddie Cochran.

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I can't and I won't. Another one I just thought of was Uncle Milty himself.

On both of the Milton Berle shows he gave it a try, right in front of the man himself.

Of course if was for comedy, but he was doing Elvis.

You wonder what Elvis thought of all this at the time.

Fri Dec 29, 2006 6:00 am

Another early one was Charlie Rich. His early cuts are certainly in the Elvis style. Actually, I'd say that a lot of Elvis impersonators sound more like Charlie Rich doing Elvis than Elvis himself.

Fri Dec 29, 2006 7:18 am

A guy named Allan was supposedly given thumbs up by Elvis around 1975.

Fri Dec 29, 2006 7:30 am

changeofhabit wrote:Probably because it's NOT crap!


Oh, but it is.

Tom

Fri Dec 29, 2006 1:44 pm

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Fri Dec 29, 2006 1:51 pm

JEFF d wrote:This guy..... till he let himself go. :lol:

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JEFF d
EAP fan


The only person in the room who can't see the guy's nuts is the guy himself. That said, he probably hasn't seen them since his early teens :lol:

Fri Dec 29, 2006 2:34 pm

Actually I think that these Andy Kaufmann impersonations are rather funny. Given the fact, that they appeared in US tv-shows in the mid-seventies (I think), when the audience had the chance to actullay KNOW what the points and parodies were about. In opposite to later impersonators which one can think almost have overshadowed the REAL image of EP and how he performed, dressed and looked.

Fri Dec 29, 2006 4:15 pm

Tom in North Carolina wrote:
changeofhabit wrote:Probably because it's NOT crap!


Oh, but it is.

Tom


Guy who was big Elvis fan made a great impersonation of the man. Elvis thought it was good, so it can't be crap.

Fri Dec 29, 2006 4:52 pm

This Kaufman guy is really not that bad! And he's doing it in a not so serious way - but serious impersonating !

Fri Dec 29, 2006 5:15 pm

The thing to remember is that Andy was one of the first to do this type
of thing, while Elvis was still alive, and I suppose in today's world he
of course would be considered an "A** Clown", but he was a huge Elvis
fan and very sincere in what he was doing.
Here's another clip, this time from the show "Fridays", where his impersonation was as a born again Christian, and the Gospel song he chose
to sing was Elvis' "By And By". Actually, he does a pretty straight, not as
Elvis but himself, version of the song, and it sounds quite good.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2LX9WlX_9A

What I really want to find is Andy's version of "Wear My Ring Around Your Neck". I don't know which show it was from (probably SNL), but I remember
at the time I saw it (in the late seventies) it was remarkably dead on.
The best Andy ever did, which is saying alot.......

Fri Dec 29, 2006 5:19 pm

For me, I kind of appreciated John Byner's parody from the 1960's.

It can be seen on the Elvis/Ed Sullivan dvd collection special feature
section.

Although I appreciated the novelty of Kaufman's wacky humour, I always
found his Elvis stuff very strange ... far too serious.

I guess I don't mind the humorous parodies, but when an ETA presents it
as a serious recreation of the king, I lose interest within seconds.

Fri Dec 29, 2006 5:19 pm

TJ wrote:
JEFF d wrote:This guy..... till he let himself go. :lol:

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JEFF d
EAP fan


The only person in the room who can't see the guy's nuts is the guy himself. That said, he probably hasn't seen them since his early teens :lol:


you are right TJ. IN WHAT YOU SAY .



ITS A FUNNY PICTURE THO - :wink:

Fri Dec 29, 2006 5:22 pm

changeofhabit wrote:I think this was his first Elvis impersonation:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxOa6_hepQ0



Nope, that is not his first Elvis Impersonation. That footage is from a SNL. His first Elvis impersonation was not recorded. But you are close. That is from 1975.

Fri Dec 29, 2006 5:30 pm

ekenee wrote:Actually Cliff Richard was probably one of the first.

Vince Everett and Ral Donner were pretty good too.



Cliff Richard was not the first Elvis impersonator :P . Actually no one knows who was the first one. Johnny Harra has been a Elvis impersonator for 40 years. Jim E. Conwell who lives in Griffin, GA has been a Elvis Impersonator since 1957.

Fri Dec 29, 2006 6:08 pm

Dear god, did Andy Kaufman say the same jokes when he was trying to impersonate Elvis??