Sorry this is posting on Saturday instead of Friday. And late at that. These past few days have been a whirlwind!
Elvis impersonators, we’ve all seen them. Some are talented and respectful, others look like caricatures with their ridiculously bushy sideburns and poofed up hair, their squatty, fat bodies and homely faces. They think they can deepen their voices and mumble, “Thank you, thank you very much” and we’re supposed to think they’re like Elvis. I’m not sure if they are trying to be funny (if they are trying, it’s not working), or if they really think they look and sound like Elvis. I can tell you right now, you don’t. No one does, no matter what they, or anyone else thinks. There was truly only one, and always will be only one, Elvis Aaron Presley.
There are also Elvis Tribute Artists. These guys seem to be a bit more respectful and serious. They seem to be a little closer to looking and sounding like Elvis. This guy, Donny Edwards, has won several ETA contests, and he seems to truly love Elvis.
But again, I’m afraid they all miss their mark. No one has that tone, that quality to their voice. That magic in their performances, that way of carrying themselves and moving the way The King of Rock and Roll did. Case in point, watch this video of Elvis singing Bridge Over Troubled Water in concert. You can feel it, deep in your soul. I can’t listen to him do this sound without getting choked up, and watching him sing it magnifies it ten-fold. Beautiful and moving. There absolutely is no other Elvis. No one who even comes close.
I dislike watching impersonators and tribute artists, because, if I can’t have the real thing, what’s the point? I can deal with substitutions for margarine, sugar, and even crab meat, but not for the one and only Elvis. I don’t even like it when people say “Thank you, thank you very much.” Anything to do with Elvis should be left to Elvis.
I’m going to be in Vegas toward the end of April, and they’re opening a new Elvis exhibit called The Elvis Experience, and I am going to try to go, just because I want to see the items on display and it should be a big, beautiful, exciting extravaganza, but apparently, a guy dresses up and performs Elvis songs. Personally, I could do without that part. Although, I might change my mind once I see it. It’s endorsed by Graceland Enterprises, so I’m sure it’s fabulous. I’ll be sure to blog about it when I return.
So, how do you feel? Do you enjoy impersonators or do you think they should give it a rest?
Elvis was known for his giving heart and charitable work during his lifetime. Lisa Marie and Elvis Presley Enterprises have continued that tradition with their involvement in various charities. In 1984, The Elvis Charitable Foundation was formed. The EPCF created a scholarship fund for students majoring in the arts. The charity also contributes to one of Elvis’ favorite charities, Goodwill Homes, a Memphis facility that provides counseling and services for abused children and their families. The EPCF also assists numerous other charities, especially focusing on arts, education and children’s programs.
Learn more here, including how to donate:
On Elvis’ birthday this year, I released a Vintage Romance short story set in 1957, and of course, my heroine is an Elvis fan. 🙂 As a tribute to Elvis’ generosity, and in order to assist with this worthy cause, 10% of my proceeds for End of Lonely Street will go to the EPCF.
All Toby Lawson wants is to go to college to become a teacher and to be free of her alcoholic mother and some painful memories. But when her mother nearly burns the house down, Toby must put her dreams on hold and return home to care for her. The only time she isn’t lonely and miserable is when she’s listening to her heartthrob, Elvis Presley. His music takes her away and helps her escape from everything wrong in her life.
Noah Rivers has always loved Toby, but no matter what he says, she can‘t get past the fact that her drunken mother once kissed him. He soon realizes the true problem lies in Toby’s belief she’s not good enough for him and in her fear she will be just like her mother.
What will it take to prove to her that she deserves to be happy, and that he would give anything to be the man to make her dreams come true?
6 responses to “Ramblings of a Lifelong Elvis Fan – Part 38 – Elvis Impersonators…Yes or No?”
OMG!! I found a new BFF! Can’t wait to start reading your books!!
Yes, Vanessa! I’m so glad we ‘met.’ You and I have so much in common. 🙂 I hope you enjoy my work. Thanks for stopping by!
They say, “As long as someone is remembered, they never are truly dead.” I may have misquoted somewhat but I think the idea is similar. As far as all the “impersonators” and “tribute performers” they may not be even an approximation of the real Elvis, but perhaps the ones who are at least respectful of the memory of Elvis help keep his name in the public eye and may even make some of the newest generation want to learn more about the real Elvis (a good thing I think). I do agree with you that no one will ever replace “The King” and of course I loved your novel “End of Lonely Street”!
Yes. I don’t have a problem with the ones who are respectful and talented doing their thing. I love that they admire and want to emulate Elvis. For me, though, I’m not interested in watching them. Thank you so much! I’m thrilled you enjoyed it.
I’ve never understood the motivation of impersonators,, or even the movies made about famous people after their deaths. We live in a time when the artist’s work is readily available through media. Let’s allow the artist to speak and stop trying to put our own spin on their talent.
Absolutely, Ashantay. I can listen to the real thing, I don’t need imitations.