RETRO ROCK: Pete Memphis brings the King to life
RETRO ROCK: Pete Memphis brings the King to life

Tribute to Elvis as impersonator returns to Gold Coast

ELVIS impersonator Pete Memphis has recently come back to the Gold Coast from a place that's dear to his heart - the King's own home, Graceland.

His trip was a prize won on Channel Nine's Today show.

As VIP guests, Pete and his wife Lyn had Graceland to themselves at times, minus the many tourists.

They stayed at the Heartbreak Hotel close-by.

A highlight of the trip was meeting Elvis's stepbrother, Billy Stanley, who lived at Graceland for 17 years.

"We had dinner and drinks with him," Pete said.

"I asked him lots of questions.

"I wanted to know, on a normal day, what Elvis wore.

"He said, Elvis always dressed up. He never dressed plainly."

Plain dressing is not the norm for Elvis impersonators either, and costumes aren't cheap.

"I would be one of the more experienced and wiser Elvis tribute artists," Pete said.

 "The general public create a great feeling and want to talk with you and have photos as though you are the real Elvis."

Pete's fans are mainly aged in their 60s, although he has performed at a birthday party for a four-year-old girl.

"We do a lot for the aged care because those people can't get out," he said.

"We do that for next to nothing ... they can't get down to the local club.

"Some of their rooms are totally decked out with Elvis.

"The way things are going, he's never going to be forgotten.

"They love Elvis, people just want to hear Elvis."

Pete Memphis and his band will perform at Noosa Tewantin RSL on Saturday, September 3, and at Coorparoo RSL on Saturday, October 1.

Aged care and retirement villages are welcome to arrange performances in-house.

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