Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The King's Head

The former king, who set the stage for the King of Pop?


Spotted in NYC, May 2009
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Elvis impersonation is still pretty popular, I guess. Still plenty of fans. I used to be amused to see the larger, older version of Elvis, out with his chubby family, shopping at a discount department store in Vancouver in the 1970's. Out shopping in his full white satin regalia. If you've got it, wear it, I suppose. A girl friend of mine once got a gig as a back-up singer for an Elvis impersonator. Part of her job was to hand out scarves, with which he'd wiped his sweaty brow, to audience members, who were all very excited to receive them. At least she got a trip to the Phillippines out of the deal.
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I wonder if we'll be treated to glimpses of "Michael Jackson" riding the bus and shopping the bargain bins for underwear now.

11 comments:

  1. Hi Lynne! When I lived in Montreal, there was a bar called Station 10, right by the old Forum. Every year, it held the Elvis impersonations contests, one year I was a judge! There were all sorts, but the two finalists were a short little French "old" Elvis, suit and all (named Pierre btw) and he sang with his French accent...and the "gold jacket" Elvis, a really cute young guy who looked the part, but couldn't sing...I voted for Pierre Elvis and he won 3 years in a row! It was so much fun!
    :)

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  2. Rain: That sounds hilarious! Elvis with a Quebec twang. LOL! We saw an Acadian Johnny Cash one time on a show "my" Pierre was working on. The guy was very old but could really belt it out, even though he obviously had no clue what the English words meant. The audience loved him.

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  3. Hello dear loyal friend... First of all, I love that shot. I tend to like storefront window shots, and this has the perfect contrasts. Not just light, but personality and authority, low and high, and of course the orange and purple (blue? I'm sorta color blind).
    Now, about the fake Elvis sweat on the scarves... EEEeeewwww!

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  4. I believe he has already been spotted at a Tupperware party in Darfield (about 50km from here)!
    And double eewwww to the sweaty scarves.

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  5. Hi David, That is so funny that you refer to "fake Elvis sweat." Like even the guy's sweat is fake--how pathetic is that! He should have bottled it and sold it as Eau d'Elvis.

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  6. Hey, Saggitarian: Lovely to see you here. Michael at a Tupperware party! LOL! Stranger things have happened--like almost his whole life, for example. I was grossed out by the sweaty scarves myself but the women seemed genuinely thrilled to get them. Livin' the fantasy.

    I'm just getting used to your icon--when I first noticed it on Owen's blog I thought it was a beaded G-string, your thighs, and the tops of red stockings! But now I see it's a décolleté shot. Maybe I`ll steal if from you. ;-) (or maybe I`ll do the g-string shot myself. Kidding!)

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  7. That picture is out of this world,
    Elvis lost in thought, looking out a New York City window, of all places! ;-)

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  8. Merisi--I suspect Elvis may just be admiring his reflection in the window while wondering if the beads he's wearing are a little de trop.

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  9. Damn, I wish I had thought of a beaded G-string, I hate it when all the good ideas come AFTERWARDS!! :-)

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  10. Alright, Lynne, Amanda, enough of these racy comments here... jeez, what if your daughter's wander in here with these G String and Décolleté discustions and gosh only knows what else going on... sheesh, I know it's Friday, but hey, you're making me blush, and blush on a redhead is like... pink socks on a sunset... LOL ! Oh, whatever, let it all hang out, huh, it's after midnight somewhere on the planet...

    There sure have been plenty of good Elvis impersonators, who were pretty convincing look-alikes. Given everything MJ did to his face, it may be harder to find a satisfying impersonator for him, but who knows, they'll be popping up all over probably once the hoopla over his passing subsides a bit...

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  11. Owen:
    Thank y'vry mch (said in an Elvis drawl). For what?? Just for being your funny pink self.

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