Elvis Impersonator Frank Werth

(Deb) Welcome back folks. When folks were touring the Opera Houses of Kansas and the West back in the 19th century, it’s so sad that they didn’t have Elvis back then. Really? I ain’t nothing but a hound dog. (Frank) [laughs] Yes. (Deb) Look what they missed. Isn’t that sad that they lived and died before Elvis came on the scene? (Frank) Yes. They probably had their superstars then too. Of course they did. (Deb) I guess they did. Now that Elvis of course is not on the scene anymore. At least we guess he’s not, we’ve got all this phenomenon Elvis impersonators. It’s just like a culture onto itself. (Frank) [chuckles] Well, it is and I got to do a kind of an Elvis impersonation at Apple Valley Farm several years ago. That was my other life, of course. (Deb) Oh my God. Do we have film of that? (Frank) Elvis players were there and we did the Sh-Boom Boy. While I was this rock star that was kind of fading and the Sh-Boom Boy came on. I got to do Hound Dog and the whole thing. [laughs] (Deb) We got to find some footage of that. We got to share that. That was a real Kodak moment. Well, you know I grew up in the South, so Elvis’ birthday is a national holiday, January 8. Now that I live in Kansas, my good friend Dana Anson and I celebrate Elvis’ birthday every year. We exchange gifts. I get Michael to get some photos. In my office, right next to all my cowboy stuff and Buffalo Bill, there is the Elvis bobble head. (laughter] (Deb) I’ve got the Elvis Whiskey Decanter with Elvis playing drums. Yes, the king lives. (Frank) Have you been to Graceland? (Deb) I wrote my name on the wall. I stopped and did not have time to go through it but I did write my name on the wall out front of Graceland. (Frank) Graceland is real experience and everyone should go [chuckles] at some time. (Deb) There was a comedian who went out and saw Elvis’ pink Cadillac and said, I didn’t know Elvis sold Mary Kay. [laughter] (Frank) That’s low. (Deb) We’ve got a wonderful Elvis impersonator to share with you today from our very own, from the heartland. He’s from just outside of Hays, so you’re going to love meeting Frank Werth. (Frank) Life was pretty simple growing up in the small German community of Schoenchen, Kansas, with about 200 people. Frank Werth’s life was filled with music as a little boy. His parents recorded his early efforts at singing, and Frank said it makes him laugh now to hear how he sang with conviction, even if he didn’t know how to pronounce the words. While he has been influenced by many great artists such as Roy Orbison, Karen Carpenter, Charlie Rich, Jackson 5, the Beatles, it was the King, Elvis Presley, who would play the greatest role in shaping his career. Don’t Be Cruel by Elvis Presley was the first song that he heard and it has made a huge impact on his life, Frank said. My fondest memories of my childhood, were the times we would spend evenings and holidays with our family, listening to my Dad’s albums, singing into the night, he said. Frank said he became an Elvis Tribute Artist simply because it has been a way for him to thank Elvis for everything he has done for him, and though they never met, he feels a spiritual connection. Frank said that he is first, a huge Elvis fan himself and when he performs he cares about the authenticity and does not take the portrayal lightly. Frank has won numerous contests, opened for the Fab4, a tribute band honoring the Beatles, and performed at venues across the nation including Madison Square Garden. His mission, he said, is that no one forgets Elvis. As long as Frank Werth is performing, there is no danger of Elvis being forgotten!

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