I do not care for Elvis impersonators. I have always found them a bit cartoonish and unsettling. That is not to say I don’t enjoy a respectful tribute, even if the singer is dressed as Elvis. But, I find it very annoying when people think they sound like Elvis. No one sounds like Elvis. He was the one and only, always and forever.
Often imitated, but never duplicated:
I will have to say, though, I do have a few fond ‘impersonator’ memories. Not long after Elvis passed away, an impersonator put on a show in Oklahoma City. I don’t even recall his name, but he was respectful, and he did a good job. My sisters and I soaked up every radio show, every interview, every tv special, etc, after his death. So, of course, we had to attend that. One thing that sticks out clearly in my mind is when the guy sang “It Won’t Seem Like Christmas Without You.” The line in the song is, “If I get the one thing I’m wishing for, then I’ll see you tonight in my dreams.” The impersonator changed it to say, “Yes, Elvis, we’ll see you tonight in our dreams.” Which, of course, made my sisters and I sob uncontrollably. 🙂
For my fortieth birthday (which, it’s kind of odd that I celebrated since I’m only twenty-five, but anyway…), my sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Tom Zimmerman, took me to Memphis for my birthday. We were on Beale Street and a young guy dressed in a gold lamé suit was performing. He was adorable and respectful, and he sang very well, but he didn’t try to make his voice sound like Elvis. Those are the kind of ‘impersonators’ I can enjoy. Not the fat guys with black wigs and ridiculously bushy sideburns who lower their voice and think they sound like the King.
Below is a photo of my son, Presley. Some of you probably saw it on Facebook, but I still thought I would share it here. He is not an Elvis impersonator, and he normally does not wear Elvis Presley jumpsuits. 🙂 He does, however, love Elvis music. I didn’t force it on him, I swear. He was on a cruise, and he entered a Karaoke contest singing Elvis songs. I didn’t get to see it, but I would imagine, based on his personality, he really gave them a show. He ended up winning the contest, and they gave him an Elvis costume to wear and brought him on stage for the finale.
Although I wasn’t there to see it live, he brought home a DVD, and I watched that. It was so much fun! He did a really good job and put on quite a show. And, you guessed it, he made his mama proud. 🙂
6 responses to “Elvis Presley – Ramblings of a Lifelong Fan Part 4 – Impersonators”
My favorite Elvis impersonator(s) was an episode of Castle when he, Ryan, and Javier dressed up as impersonators to get into a casino. ROTFLOL over the 3 of them. I know, totally disrespectful in the context of your post, Alicia. But it was hilarious.
Hey, Elvis lives on–in so many ways. When I taught high school, a group of my students wrote about a pilgrimage to Graceland (based rather loosely on the Canterbury Tales) while we studied Chaucer. Of course, there was an Elvis impersonator in the traveling entourage, along with a lot of other quirky characters who LOVED Elvis for one reason or another. I’m enjoying your posts, Alicia. Give us more, more, more!
Susan- sounds like you had a pretty creative group there. Love it! Alicia- I never thought about how a superfan like yourself would view Elvis impersonators. Very interesting! Pretty cool that Presley won the contest! Would he ever let you put the footage up on your blog? That would be cool! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks, M.J. 🙂 Yes, I’m not sure how the other superfans feel, but that’s my take. 🙂 Presley probably would let me do that. I’m not sure how to cut and transfer from a DVD, but I’ll try to figure it out. 🙂
Studying the picture… It’s been a few years back, but I’m gonna guess Pres is second from the left. If not, he’s a good-looking kid and has your eyes. Tell me if I’m right! =)
Pres is the short one in the Elvis jumpsuit. They loaned it to him to wear in the finale. He does have my eyes, though. 🙂