POSTED: Monday, August 16, 2010 - 6:30pm
UPDATED: Monday, August 16, 2010 - 7:08pm
A local Elvis Tribute Artist pays homage to the King of Rock-n-Roll on the 33rd anniversary of his death...
EL PASO - Taking care of business as an Elvis Tribute Artist with the curl of a lip and the swivel of a hip.
"It's just all fun. I love singing the music and I get to tear it up a little bit and when you put the outfit on, I can get away with it."
Bud Sanders began impersonating the King of Rock-n-Roll before Elvis had even left the building.
"It's just simple. If you're not an Elvis fan, no explanation is possible...to really sit down and tell you the whys and wheres and the whos, but if you are an Elvis fan, I don't need to explain it."
Sanders says he learned of Elvis' death from his bandmates... and the news got him "all shook up."
"I turned on...the cable at that time had like the teleprompter news...so I went straight to that cable station. Sure enough, my heart sank, my jaw dropped and I cried like a baby."
This life-long Elvis fan quotes another Rock-n-Roll legend... John Lennon once said, "Before Elvis, there was nothing." Sanders believes this... and he doesn't think we'll see a performer like "The Big E" ever again.
"He didn't invent Rock-n-Roll, it just happened and brought...kids no longer had to hide to listen to Fats Domino and Little Richard."
Sanders' tribute proves the King of Rock-n-Roll may have died 33 years ago... but his reign lives on.