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Monday, December 08, 2008

Elvis Lives!

Last night I went to the Palms Room and Crown Casino to photograph one of the best tributes to Elvis Presley I imagine could ever have been made at such a venue. I am not an Elvis fan, although without doubt he was one of the greatest entertainers of all time with a voice that could belt out the blues, croon gospel and sing love songs.
The tribute was made by Mark Andrew, who, of all things, used to be my hairdresser. Now, he is himself a successful entertainer who not only flawlessly pays tributes to Elvis, but also other legendary entertainers of the past. Last night's show was a 40th anniversary recreation of his '68 Comeback Special followed by an encore concert performance. I was asked to photograph the show.
Mark's impersonation of Presley is not the ridiculous, tongue-in-cheek hip grinding imitations of many. Rather, it is a serious and honourable tribute that includes the serious side of Elvis, while incorporating his humour and his passion to entertain.And it has always been that way for Mark.It was nine years ago when he appeared and performed as Elvis at my parents 40th wedding anniversary.I was in a band at the time and Mark was happy to perform with us for my parents as a surprise. As I said earlier, Mark was our family hairdresser. He owned a salon near where I live and his Elvis shows were only just beginning to gather momentum.
Now, Mark Andrew is renowned in his field.
It was wonderful to catch up with him again last night and to photograph him doing something he does so well - entertain.
Congratulations Mark.

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