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'Elvis' wows Lakeside

Mark Chandler • Aug 5, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Hoover Auditorium in Lakeside was surrounded with fans waiting for the arrival of "Elvis."

Mike Albert's impersonation of the King is a fan favorite in Lakeside and they look forward to seeing him. Albert has been performing in Lakeside annually since 1997. 

"Elvis" was escorted by security and led to the stage through a packed auditorium, stopping along the way shaking hands with his fans. 

Throughout the concert Albert spoke of Elvis history.  He enjoys spreading the word on how great Elvis was, and that he was gone too soon. 

Albert also spoke of Elvis only receiving three Grammy's in his lifetime, even though he had sold millions of albums.  Albert has also been successful.  He's been featured in six music videos, has been seen on "Oprah Winfery" and the national show, "A Current Affair" with Maury Povich.

Albert, from Carrollton, Ohio introduced his mother, who is also a singer, by bringing her up on stage and sang a duet of "The Wonder of You" with her.

His mother, aunts and uncles are all singers and when Albert was younger, he always wished he could sing.  As he did sing-a-longs of Elvis tapes, he realized not only did he have a hidden talent, it had turned into a real passion.

Albert also interacted with the audience and portrayed Elvis by bringing different women into the isle through out the concert with him, singing to them and passing off a silk scarf.

"Elvis" filled the stage also with children singing and dancing to "Teddy Bear" and "Hound Dog," among other hits.

"It's not amazing you want to hear Elvis music, but what amazes me, is that you want to hear me sing it," he told fans.

He ended his concert with a song that Elvis had borrowed from Frank Sinatra, and also the song that Elvis use to end his concerts with "My Way."  

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