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Johnny Lee Memphis promises to get Falkirk ‘All Shook Up’

Johnny Lee Memphis will play FTH in April after scooping the European Elvis Championships. Picture; Graeme Oxby

Johnny Lee Memphis will play FTH in April after scooping the European Elvis Championships. Picture; Graeme Oxby

 

Elvis tribute act Johnny Lee Memphis, had judges at Europe’s largest Elvis convention ‘All Shook Up’.

Johnny, who goes by the name Jon Fleming by day, won the European Elvis Championships last month, beating competition from 60
other Kings from all over the world.

Jon, an assistant health and fitness officer with Falkirk Community Trust, packed up his ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ and headed to Blackpool last weekend for the finals.

He impressed the judges with his unusual song choices, ‘Never Been to Spain’ showcasing his voice and ‘Polk Salad Annie’ letting him demonstrate his moves.

Jon (39) has been paying tribute to the Memphis legend for a decade and in that time has won contests all over the UK, including the Elvis World Cup in 2010 - a title he still holds.

He said: “I was thrilled to win, there were some amazing acts and the competition was tough.

“There were Elvises from Spain, the USA and Switzerland - it’s a huge honour to win.”

Jon picked obscure Elvis songs, because he thought the judges would be bored of hearing the same top twenty Elvis hits over and over.

His gamble worked and
 he walked off with the trophy.

Now Jon has his eye on the Ultimate Elvis contest, being held this summer.

The competition has heats all over the world, with the winner going to play the final in Memphis, Tennessee - the spiritual home of The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

“I am going to give Ultimate Elvis my all. The UK final is in Blackpool and although I think I have a good chance, I’m not going to count my chickens.

“It’s the most prestigious Elvis tribute contest in the world so just to get to be there, see the best Elvis tribute acts in the world and soak up the atmosphere would be incredible.

“Winning the UK heat and getting an all-expenses paid trip to the finals would tick off a life-long dream of mine - to visit Graceland.”

Jon first started listening to Elvis songs when he was a child growing up in Tullibody, getting into the music through his aunt.

He began impersonating the snake-hipped singer at the tender age of three and began working professionally over 10 years ago.

His interest turned into a life-long passion and now Jon regularly studies Elvis’s music, films and books on the superstar to make sure his portrayal is as accurate as possible.

“I feel a real connection to Elvis, I have been playing tribute to him for a decade and he almost feels like a member of the family.

“I’ve researched a lot into his past to find to why he was the way he was and think he was a great guy. He really cared about his fans and 
did a lot of humanitarian work. I’m proud to pay tribute to him.”

Johnny Lee Memphis will play Falkirk Town Hall on Saturday, April 5.

Backed by a 10-piece band - the JLM band, the Graceland Horns and the Memphis Belles - the night is a must for any fan of rock and roll.

‘Absolute Elvis’ kicks off at 7.15 p.m. and tickets, priced £16.50 are available by calling the Steeple Box Office on (01324) 506850 or popping into the office on Falkirk High Street.

For other gig dates and more information on 
Johnny Lee Memphis, visit 
www.absoluteelvis.com.

 

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