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Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Elvis: The man, the myth, the trademark

A small non-profit theater group in Waterbury, Connecticut has received, and is heeding, a cease and desist request from the Elvis Presley people to discontinue plans for an Elvis tribute show. The show,

... was created and staged by [Semina] De Laurentis and features five performers and a pianist telling the singer's life through narration and his songs. No one "played" Presley, said De Laurentis: "This was not an Elvis impersonation show." (Elvis Inc. Blocks Local Tribute Show)

Does anyone besides me remember the days when it seemed like every tavern, ski lodge, sports team, bus, train, beauty parlor, grocery store, and preschool had its own Elvis impersonator? I remember hearing about guys (and maybe even some gals) going off to plastic surgeons to have their faces alterted to look like Elvis.

Posted by Marie at May 14, 2003 1:17 PM


Duh, that seems very silly. Dontcha think that half of Las Vegas will be out of a job if every Elvis impersonator got cease and desist letters?! Okay, so all my Las Vegas knowledge is from TV and movies ;)

Posted by: kristine at May 14, 2003 7:31 PM

Yeah, good point. Remember that Las Vegas movie with Nicholas Cage and the flying Elvises (or is it Elvi?). I wonder how much, if anything, they had to pay for all those Elvis impersonators to jump out of that plane.

Posted by: Marie at May 14, 2003 10:41 PM