Elvis is in the building as Johnny Lee Memphis prepares for Grangemouth show

Elvis impersonator Johnny Lee Memphis with Cunningham House staff ahead of his show at Grangemouth Town Hall on Friday night. Picture: Michael Gillen
Elvis impersonator Johnny Lee Memphis with Cunningham House staff ahead of his show at Grangemouth Town Hall on Friday night. Picture: Michael Gillen
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Revellers at Grangemouth Town Hall will be ‘All Shook Up’ on Friday when award-winning Elvis impersonator Johnny Lee Memphis enters the building.

Jon Fleming, as he’s otherwise known, is the current World Cup and European Elvis Tribute Champion and will be paying homage to The King – complete with sequined jump suit – at Grangemouth Town Hall next week.

Joining Johnny on stage will be The JLM Band, The Graceland Horns and the Memphis Belles and he’s been warming up for next Friday’s show by entertaining the elderly residents of Grangemouth’s Cunningham House.

They can’t make it along on the night to see the tribute to Elvis, so he took the show to them after staff at the home contacted him.

Jon, who is an assistant health and fitness officer with Falkirk Community Trust, said: “I love playing to the folks down at Cunningham House, they really get into the spirit of the show.

“It was a great feeling seeing some of the residents get up and boogie with me on a Monday afternoon.

“I did it last year too and it gives me a good opportunity to warm up for big shows, like the one next week which I can’t wait for. Playing in front of a home crowd will be amazing and the audience is in for a treat.”

Jon has been paying tribute to the Memphis legend for a decade and is still enjoying great success, this year lifting the European Championships in Birmingham, which has helped him ‘live the dream’ in the shadow of his idol.

“After my competition wins I’d say that my career as an Elvis tribute has really taken me to new heights,” he said.

“Having the opportunity to travel and share my tribute to Elvis with fans around the world is allowing me to live the proverbial dream.”

The 39-year-old also revealed the undisputed ‘King of rock n’ Roll’ from Memphis is like part of his family, helping him through hard times.

He added: “Elvis to me has been like a family member. His songs and movies have been a support to me when times were hard. He was such an influential character through the years, in my life and for many other people too.

“I really love my job as I get to share his music and perform as best I can to try to let people have a glimpse of what it may have been like to see him live on stage in the Seventies. There is only one Elvis and nothing can match him but if people in the audience enjoy what I do then I believe I’ve done a good job.”

Next Friday’s show (November 14) at Grangemouth Town Hall will be full of the classic songs Elvis performed during the concert years in Las Vegas. Tickets costing £15 and £12 for concessions are available online at the Steeple Box Office, Falkirk or on (01324) 506850.