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Theatre to rock to The King

PUBLISHED: 13:51 15 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:26 03 March 2010

TWENTY four years ago this week Elvis, The King died - but his music is still alive and well in Felixstowe.

During his 23-year music career, Elvis Presley, the boy from the backwaters of Mississippi became an international superstar, starring in 33 films and selling more than one billion records.

TWENTY four years ago this week Elvis, The King died - but his music is still alive and well in Felixstowe.

During his 23-year music career, Elvis Presley, the boy from the backwaters of Mississippi became an international superstar, starring in 33 films and selling more than one billion records.

His death at his Memphis home in Graceland on August 16, 1977 sparked off world-wide mourning.

His good looks, talent and charisma endeared him to millions and he is regarded as one of the most important figures of 20th century popular culture.

But his music never died and fans old and new can still hear his distinctive and unique songs in pubs, clubs and theatres across the land.

In October, Felixstowe will be honoured with just those sounds in the form of Billy J. McGregor, with The Elvis Collection, who is threatening to bring the seaside resort a night to remember.

More than two hours of The King's best known recordings will be performed taking the audience on a roller coaster ride through the 50's, 60's and 70's at the Felixstowe Spar Pavilion.

Previous performances throughout Europe and the UK have had fans dancing in the aisles, to songs such as Jailhouse Rock, the American Trilogy, Suspicious Minds, Hound Dog and many more.

Billy is backed by a ten-piece band under the musical direction of Alan Wearmouth.

He insists that The Elvis Collection is a pure tribute to the man himself, rather than being a lookalike.

He said: "With the Elvis Collection we take the legend of the King back to what really counts – the music.

"Every one of our shows is a party that plays some of the greatest music ever made."

The big party will take place on October 27. Tickets cost £10 (all concessions £8.50) and are available at the Spar Pavilion box office on 01394 282126.

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