Years after Olivia Newton-John starred in her breakout role in Grease, she got the chance to share a duet with one of the greatest pop icons of all time: Elvis.
Olivia-Newton John Partners With The King on Christmas Classic
Oliva Newton-John got the opportunity to collaborate with The King when the album , Christmas Duets, featured her powerful vocals. The two performed the longstanding Christmas carol, “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” which resulted in pure Christmas magic.
Olivia Newton-John’s pleasing voice delightfully accompanies Elvis’ huskier sound on the track. The stark contrast in vocals creates a beautiful duet for listeners.
In 2008, Elvis’ holiday songs got an updated look when they appeared in Christmas Duets. In addition to Newton-John, the album combined Elvis’ vocals with female country singers, including Carrie Underwood, LeAnn Rimes, and Gretchen Wilson.
One of the most successful songs from the album was the modernized rendition of Elvis’ classic, “Blue Christmas,” which featured Martina McBride. Their duet claimed the 22nd spot on the “Adult Contemporary” chart and it also took the 36th position on the “Hot Country Songs” chart. Watch the clip here.
Olivia Newton-John Making it Big
In 1978, the British-Australian actress and singer made her U.S. movie debut when she appeared as Sandy in Grease. The musical film quickly jolted her into stardom, and her portrayal of Sandy remains her most iconic character to date.
Olivia Newton-John’s love interest in the film, Danny (played by John Travolta), uncannily resembles a younger Elvis Presley, and fans of the pop legend were quick to notice.
Unfortunately, Presley never got the chance to see the film as he passed away before its release.
Grease and Elvis fans may not be aware of the homage the movie pays to The King. The film’s song “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee” includes a line about Presley. Coincidentally, the cast filmed the scene on August 16, 1977, the day of Elvis’ passing.