The King at fundraiser for Telluride’s Palm Theatre 12/30

The King at fundraiser for Telluride’s Palm Theatre 12/30

[click “Play” to listen to Susan’s conversation with George Gray]

Wednesday, December 30, 7 p.m., Telluride’s Michael D. Palm Theatre holds its end-of-year fundraiser. Sharing the stage for the fun and games will be members of the Telluride Choral Society and Mark Galbo’s Rock and Roll Academy, not to mention the star of the show, George Gray –  rather, George’s alter ego resplendent in a sequined jumpsuit, paying tribute to none other than The King.

Elvis Presley was The Big Bang, the first real rock and rock superstar and one of the most influential figures in the history of American pop culture. A white southerner, he sang the blues laced with country and country music seasoned with gospel. Bringing together the raw sensuality of sounds from both sides of the color line, Elvis invented something electrifyingly new, at the same time changing the way America looked, thought, dressed, moved, even held a guitar. Performing his music with a swiveling sexuality, Elvis became a teen idol and role model for future generations of uber cool rebels. Once they witnessed the phenomenon on TV, parents suckled on Perry Como, religious leaders, and politicos all headed for the hills. Girls simply swooned.

“There is only one Elvis….and I am not him, never will be!,” said George Gray. “My love, admiration and respect for the man, his music and all that he gave us, makes me proud to have been blessed with the opportunity to perform in this tribute, entirely devoted to the memory of The King, the greatest entertainer ever.”

To learn more about  Elvis and the tribute, click the “play” button and listen to George Gray’s podcast.

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