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Shrines aren't enough for some, and for those folks, we have Elvis impersonators, who come in all shapes, sizes, genders, and abilities to sing. Or lip synch.


Graceliners

Elvis impersonators cover the years from Elvis' 1950s start through the glitzy Vegas years.

There's the now-famous sky-diving Flying Elvi (remember the movie "Honeymoon in Vegas?" Nicholas Cage isn't really a member, but the group does exist -- and they jump in, what else?, jumpsuits). There are also the legendary Legends in Concert shows in Vegas, Atlantic City, Honolulu, Myrtle Beach, Branson and on a Bahamas cruise ship. "Elvis" closes the show at these extravaganzas.

In north Georgia, a restaurant cook at the Lantern Inn entertains his customers with rousing Elvis renditions, and in North Carolina the "world's foremost" Filipino Elvis impersonator serves up his own versions.


We put the question to Minnery: Why do so many Elvis impersonators do the Vegas look and skip the younger Elvis? Her answer, quite simply: It's easier.

In Ontario, eight women called The Graceliners reign supreme. Group coordinator and manager Joan Minnery says the group -- the members range in age from 27 to over 50 -- had been country line dancing together for five years, and took the plunge to Elvis impersonation one evening at a show in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

"The mostly American crowd went berserk," Minnery says.

The rest is history. The group has performed in more than 150 shows since then, both singing live and lip synching.

We put the question to Minnery: Why do so many Elvis impersonators do the Vegas look and skip the younger Elvis? Her answer, quite simply: It's easier.

"His costumes were flashier and the public can easily recognize and identify with the Vegas period," she says.

The younger Elvis, with his wild gyrations, says Minnery, is a little harder to copy. But there are, she says, a number of good young Elvis impersonators out there. The Graceliners cover the earlier period as well as the Vegas years.




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