Who was the first Elvis impersonator?
I broke in our blue suede shoes with a walk to Elvis' official site. Here I learned Elvis' estate is generally supportive of tribute artists, but mum when it comes to naming the first hound dog to impersonate the late, great king of rock and roll.
Moving on to less "authorised" sources, Cybercloud claims a Canadian teen by the name of Jim Smith might have been the first pretender to the throne. Like all good Elvis impersonators, Mr. Smith bore a striking resemblance to the King. According to the site, young Jim was "discovered" in 1956, and made his debut on a local DJ's television show soon thereafter. This 1957 article from the Victoria Daily Times notes Jim didn't sing or play the guitar. Apparently, his looks and attitude were enough.
These days, there are thousands of Elvis tribute artists. Some are serious. Some are Swedish. And some are just plain weird (pictured).
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