The King is dead, long live the King!
The saying was first used in France in 1422 following the death of Charles VI. It basically means the position of king will live on when a new incumbent is on the throne.
The symbolic phrase can definitely be used for a humble man named Jon Fleming – aka Johnny Lee Memphis – the World and European champion Elvis impersonator.
His portrayal of the ‘King of Rock n’ Roll’ is just brilliant. I caught him at Grangemouth Town Hall the other week and was mesmerised by his show, albeit fuelled by a few glasses of wine at the BYOB (bring your own bottle) event.
Johnny has got the moves, he’s got the cool mannerisms, he’s got the hair – complete with flapping fringe when he’s hitting the high notes, he’s got the Vegas jumpsuits, he’s got the warm Elvis patter which connects him with his audience and, best of all, he’s got the unmistakable voice range to pull it all off.
Quite simply, Johnny Lee Memphis is the closest you’ll get to the real thing and he is ensuring the King lives on as a music legend.
The town hall was packed, bottles and bottles of alcohol were spread out across the tables in amongst the Tupperware holding the nibbles.
Johnny’s talent, presence and rapport with the crowd is amazing, sporadically handing out scarves to adoring fans who couldn’t get enough, cracking brilliant one-liners and then laughing off the timing of the ‘technician’ who kept forgetting to shift the spotlight when he moved to a different part of the stage.
The show is superb. It’s not just about the music but a great laugh too.