Those watching Mark Lee Pringle perform as Elvis Presley, circa 1954-58, will be “All Shook Up” as they enjoy more than music evoking the rock ‘n’ roll icon. They take a trip back in time, too.
Pringle has researched everything Elvis from the start of the king’s career. He wears ‘50s clothing that he finds at vintage shops and often adds his own touches. Pringle’s stage clothes reflect outfits worn by Presley including a gold lame jacket he wore in 1957 and the famous “Blue Suede Shoes.”
“It takes a while to get it historically accurate,” he said of the more than 30 ensembles he has. “I am constantly watching old videos and studying his moves and speech patterns.”
That’s not all. His wife, Brenda, saw a guitar watch made especially for Elvis and found a reproduction. Pringle uses that
to enhance the Elvis look. “I also tell the same corny jokes Elvis told,” he said.
Pringle has been an Elvis tribute artist for about 12 years and will perform with his band during an Elvis Gospel Aug. 31 at Central Christian Church, 2051 E. Market St., Warren.
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