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One Night of Elvis: Lee 'Memphis' King at New Alexandra Theatre

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The wonder of Elvis for one night only
Lee 'Memphis' King doesn't get all shook up about recreating the magic of Elvis Presley as he has accolades under his belt including 'Best Professional Elvis Tribute in the World'.

Lee Memphis King performs One Night of Elvis in Birmingham

The singer performs his One Night of Elvis show at New Alexandra Theatre, in Birmingham, on April 19.

Beginning with an authentic recreation of the 1950's rock'n'roll years, the show progresses through the movie years to Elvis's return to performing in his 1968 comeback special.

The second half culminates in a rousing expo of Elvis's years performing in Las Vegas.

Over the past 10 years, Lee has been touring as 'The King' but explains to me the effort it takes to recreate the iconic singer and that he was just five-years-old when he first heard Presley's dulcet tones from his parents' album collection.

"Elvis was the ultimate star," Lee says. "He had the looks, the charisma, the voice and the songs were great too. Those same things endear him today. When a song is great and delivered the way that he did then it will always be timeless. I'm guessing that won't change ever.

"I am a huge fan and I am fascinated by his private life and trying to understand him as much as I am able. Of course, Elvis never wrote anything about himself so it will always be an interpretation of who I believe he was.

"Once I have what I believe to be the best understanding I try my best to portray that attitude and mood and energy into the songs depending on how he was at the time of the recording.

"In the early years he had huge energy and hypertension. In the later years, the problems, frustrations and sadness showed through. Every song was delivered in a unique way which makes it challenging to get it right and authentic."

Love him tender: Lee Memphis King during his Elvis show

Lee has become Europe's most successful Elvis Presley tribute artist, but it was back in 2005 that he went to the Elvis Festival, in Collingwood, Canada, and won the event to be named best Elvis Tribute Act.

"There were 100,000 fans from all around the world who came to see the World Elvis tribute contest at Collingwood," Lee tells me. "I won the event so it was an amazing experience. The people were fantastic too and knew how to have fun.

"Out of all the songs I sing in this show, the one I enjoy the most is There Goes My Everything."

One Night of Elvis starring Lee Memphis King
New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham on April 19, 2013
Tickets cost 19 - 21 from the box office on 0844 871 7627 or New Alexandra Theatre Ticket Website

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Why? Relive the wonder of Elvis
When: April 19, 2013
Phone: 0844 871 7627
Where: New Alexandra Theatre
Cost: 19 - 21
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