The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

Features

August 20, 2012

"Elvis" to return to Greenville for benefit tribute concert

GREENVILLE — Last week, fans of the late Elvis Presley paid tribute to the “The King”, as October 16 was the 35th anniversary of Presley’s death.

Presley appeared at Greenville Municipal Auditorium (GMA) in October 1955, and the facility will play host this October to “Elvis Returns! A Tribute to Elvis with Kraig Parker.”

The event is being promoted as a faithful recreation of Presley’s performances. This comes from a man who should know, Charles Stone, who is producing the program.

“I produced all of his shows in the 70s,” Stone said. “If you didn’t get to see Elvis in person, this is as good as it gets.”

The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, October 26 and is presented in partnership with the United Way of Hunt County with a percentage of proceeds to benefit the local non-profit, as well as to benefit the restoration of the auditorium.

Parker and Stone came to Greenville last week to talk about the show, Parker’s tribute and, of course, Elvis himself, who is arguably just as famous now as he was in his heyday.

“Today the Elvis brand is still huge all over the world, not just here,” Stone said.

Elvis performed at the GMA on October 5, 1955, as part of the famous “Louisiana Hayride.”

Parker has been performing as Elvis for 15 years and has come to know and earn the respect of those who also appeared with Presley.

“I’ve met all of the guys and I’ve done some shows with his background singers,” Parker said, adding it will be an elaborate performance featuring an eight-piece backup band.

“It is a Las Vegas style show,” Parker said. “We pull out all the stops, all the bells and whistles. We’ll bring The King back to life.”

Stone said the concert will feature another Elvis tribute, a 14-year-old boy whom Parker has taken under his wing.

“He has decided he would like to help the up and coming guys,” Stone said. “This little kid is pretty good.”

Stone was scheduled to appear on television this past Friday night with Presley’s daughter, Lisa Marie, as part of the commemoration of Presley’s life.

“They were expecting 100 thousand people in Memphis this week,” Stone said. “That’s the power of Elvis Presley. Everybody was in awe of Elvis Presley.”

Even today, crowds can go wildfor Parker’s performance. Parker recalled how Elvis was known for giving away scarves he wore during his concerts to members of the audience. During a recent show at the Winstar Casino, Parker said there were several women wanting the same memento from him.

“It’s just incredible,” Parker said. “It’s his legacy.”

Stone said the fans’ desire to obtain even a piece of Presley extended to trying to film his concerts. Back in the 1970s, portable video equipment was much larger and heavier than it is today, which would make it far more difficult to use one without being noticed.

Even so, Stone said each and every person attending an Elvis Presley performance knew that using a video camera was against the rules.

“On the back of each ticket it said no video photography,” Stone said. “I confiscated so many video cameras.”

He recounted the often told story of how, in December 1970, Presley was able to meet President Richard Nixon on a moment’s notice, simply by showing up at the White House.

Stone also remembered another time following a concert when Presley was climbing the stairs to get into an airliner and a loaded gun fell from his pocket, bounced off the steps and fell to the ground.

“The police chief just walked over, picked it up and handed it back to him,” Stone said. “Those sorts of things just wouldn’t happen today.”

Tickets for the show are already on sale and are available at www.showtimeatthegma.com.

1
Text Only
Features
  • Beekeepers.jpg Using combs for their curly hair

    Two little 7-year-old Hunt County twins are the sweetest girls around, and they have the honey to prove it.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Children’s Hope coming to county

    Emma Casselton worked for the state of Texas as a foster adoption specialist for 16 years, facilitating more than 1,000 adoptions of local children.

    July 11, 2014

  • IMG_0178.jpg Pastor reflects on 30 years serving Commerce church

    A congregation tends to reflect the views of its pastor.

    July 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • Father's_Day_1.jpg A short history of Father's Day

    There are more than 70 million fathers in the United States today. 

    June 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7 Sunday Follies_Brunch_story.jpg Establishing the heart of Hunt County

    Every two years, the Greenville Follies holds a huge stage production to help raise funds for a local community nonprofit.

    June 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Preston_Tarrant.jpg Parents hope Greenville can help give Preston a lift

    Before the parents of 11-year-old Preston Tarrant received the news that their son had a form of muscular dystrophy, they weren’t even aware that any such disease existed.

    May 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • CM_Angela_Franklin_2-1.jpg Making a career out of volunteerism

    Angela Franklin is a wife, a mother and a grandmother, but she could also be considered a cheerleader for volunteerism in the Greenville area.

    May 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Birthing_Center_sign.jpg At local birthing center, it is Mother’s Day every day

    The structure sits in the middle of a quiet residential neighborhood not far from downtown Greenville.
    If not for the sign in front advertising the home as “The Baby Place Birthing Center”, anyone passing by would likely have no idea that it is a facility where mothers come to deliver their children.

    May 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pastor_Ratliff_feature.1.jpg A promise fulfilled

    A little more than 30 years ago, as he was crossing the bridge over Lake Ray Hubbard, Senior Pastor Roger Ratliff of Vansickle Baptist Church received a calling from God, reminding him to fulfill a promise he had made years earlier to join the ministry.

    April 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Scott_Stegall.jpg Army veteran opens medical facility in Cooper

    When Physician Assistant Scott Stegall first relocated to the Cooper Community Health Center from his practice in Commerce, he knew setting up a family medical clinic in the small, rural community with limited resources would present a challenge.

    April 25, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
Promotions
Poll

Does Dallas head coach Jason Garrett need for the Cowboys to make the playoffs during the 2014 football season to keep his job?

Yes
No
Who knows with Jerry Jones as owner?
     View Results
Facebook
Must Read
Photos


See more photos and purchase prints here.

AP Video
Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide