resident idolizes, impersonates Elvis
Paul Sester was only about a year old when The King
himself, Elvis Presley, died in 1977. But that hasn't
kept the Harrodsburg resident from idolizing this legend
from a previous era. "I've always admired Elvis," says
learned his music - I learned it from when I was a kid
on up. I learned how to sing like him, learned the movements,
the dances, the vocals. When I was a kid, I always liked
Elvis. My adopted mom liked Elvis and encouraged me
to live my dream, my goals, and do what I like to do
listen to Elvis on the radio - I'd always change it
to the oldies station. "When I got up into it more,
I started carrying a torch more and following the dreams
and goals he'd be proud of me doing."
The performer, who has been an Elvis impersonator for 9 years,
learned each key of each song in Elvis' repertoire, and watched
his movies and concert appearances when Elvis was in specials
thought to myself, 'I'd like to be like him when I get older.'"
"Hound Dog" is his favorite Elvis song, "due to the fact that
he pointed toward the dog on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1950."
was singing to a basset hound," Sester explains. "He had a
hat on him. "I also would say there's a bunch of love songs
I admired that Elvis sung.
Me Tender' - I like that song pretty well, too." He says Elvis
was one of the best, "the one who is the King of Rock and
Roll." "Elvis is very, very popular," Sester adds.
is a popular idol because he had a great career when he first
started out." "A tribute to Elvis" being held this weekend
Sester is the main attraction of "A tribute to Elvis," which
will be Friday and Saturday nights in Harrodsburg.
event is produced by Elvis Inc., Sester's business with which
he just celebrated a one-year anniversary. He's done some
parades and festivals in the central Kentucky area, Sester
says, in Washington and Marion counties. He also was in the
Lexington Christmas parade last year. Proceeds from this weekend's
concerts will go toward an Elvis Memory Theater Sester is
working on, which he hopes to establish in Harrodsburg or
theater will have Elvis memorabilia and souvenirs, concessions
and performances, and tickets will be sold for admission.
It will be modeled after a similar theater in Pigeon Forge,
goal is to keep Elvis' dream alive, to follow his dream so
that he would be proud," he explains. "The theater itself
is going to (hold) 200 to 300 people to start off, and it
will be doing nightly performances of Elvis and his career
of my friends are helping me with that," Sester adds. "They're
impersonators. My best friend is another Elvis impersonator.
... A couple of friends of mine are doing other legends of
rock and roll, like Jerry Lee Lewis and some of the greatest
oldies. Fats Domino. We'll have people who are qualified to
we will have a few country legends. Not many. But I've got
a George Jones impersonator. There will be a few."
Elvis performances will follow The King's life from his early
days on up into his later career. "A lot of Elvis fans should
love to come and see this, people who couldn't see him when
he was around," Sester notes.
Elvis, Source: The Advocate-Messenger, 10 Feb 2005)