Elvis impersonators to be on hand at Bayless benefit show

from staff reports

   Happy Valley High School will host a walk down rock 'n roll memory lane Saturday night, as four Elvis impersonators will be performing in a show to benefit the Charlie Bayless Athletic Scholarship Fund.
   Tickets are $15 each. Doors open at 6, and the show starts at 7.
   One of the Elvis impersonators will be Irv Cass, the 1999 Elvis Impersonator World Champion -- an award that a person can only win one time.
   "I'm looking forward to meeting Elvis fans and performing for them," said Cass, who is from South Bend, Ind. and is making his first visit to Elizabethton.
   Cass has been performing for 10 years at what he call his "Tribute to Elvis."
   He has performed at the Emperial Palace with Legends, as well as the Los Vegas Hilton -- the same showroom in which Elvis performed -- in Bradson, Mo.
   Cass has 150 Elvis songs he performs.
   "I have a big repertoire," Cass said. "Some impersonators look like Elvis but can't sing, some can sing but don't look like him, and some don't have the rhythm. You have to have the total package."
   He has worked with Elvis' road manager, guitarist and drummer.
   In order to be an Elvis impersonator, said Cass, you have to be able to separate reality from the performance, and stressed that his performance is acting.
   "I am an ordinary guy that makes a living impersonating Elvis," Cass said.
   Cass added that he would not have wanted to be king of rock 'n roll because Elvis was a superstar that was lonely.