We’re having a snowstorm here in New Jersey, a cold and snuggly day and still a long way from the outdoor summer concerts my husband and I love to go to so much. Each year we always seem to catch an Elvis impersonator at these outdoor shows and they are always great. Other times we’ll actually splurge and see an Elvis impersonator at a dinner show, a concert hall, or even an local dive bar. When it comes to Elvis impersonators, the King will live on forever!
One of my favorite Word Press blogs is Pompadour (http://elvistributeartist.wordpress.com/) a tribute to Elvis impersonators.
In honor of Elvis impersonators, I’d like to bring attention to three who are real characters, but characters with a lot of substance.
Andy Kaufman, as Elvis
The late Andy Kaufman adored Elvis and was impersonating Elvis when he was still alive. The real Elvis Presley saw Kaufman’s act and said he was the best Elvis impersonator at the time.
Here’s a video of Andy as Elvis. If you watch this one, please watch to the very end to really get the gist of Kaufman’s humor. It’s legendary and Kaufman never fails to make me laugh and smile.
Jimmy Ellis, best known as Orion sounded just like Elvis, but as for looks, not so much, so he created a mystery by performing masked. Because he sounded so much like Elvis, some who believed that Elvis was still alive thought Orion just might be Elvis!
What I loved most about Orion was that he did some songs that Elvis never did, but he made them Elvis songs, such as “Honey” by Bobby Goldsboro. If Bobby Goldsboro’s version of “Honey” didn’t make you cry, Orion’s definitely will!
Sadly Orion died tragically. He was gunned down in his pawn shop in December 1998. Both Orion and his ex-wife who were working together both ended up dead.
In honor of Orion, please enjoy his gorgeous version of “Honey,” from his CD “Reborn.”
El Vez is a kitschy Mexican American artist. He’s still alive and has about 12 albums worth of satire Elvis songs. He performs with the El Vetts ladies who are his back up singers.
Check out El Vez doing “Suspicious Minds” as “Immigration Time”‘: “Ready Steady Go”; and “Kids of America.” Sounds nothing like Elvis, looks nothing like Elvis, but a helluva lot of fun!