Happy Tay, who contributes frequently to this blog, writes about his recent Elvis Presley appearance at a Hawaiian Theme Party in his hometown in Vancouver, Canada. He migrated to British Columbia in the 1970's and is the city's official Elvis Presley.
Open and frank, he was a police officer, both in Singapore and Vancouver, a Jalan Besar footballer, an ardent movie and music man and friends to many of our pop 60's stars today. One good friend, he says, is 90.5 FM front man, Brian Richmond.
Tall, good looking, Happy definitely has the animal GRROWL factor in him when he sings Elvis, so read on and find out how he made the ladies faint...
Been quite a while since we last communicated. How have you been doing?
Just to update you on my recent Elvis performance at a charity Dinner & Dance, with a "sell-out" audience of 300! I agreed to come out of my Elvis Tribute Performance retirement to help out a good cause and was pleasantly surprised by the reception I received.
I had actually retired but when the Knights of Columbus from the Parishes (there's 4 in Richmond, Vancouver), approached me to help them in their charity fund raiser, I felt obliged to help out. The theme was Hawaiian and the Dinner & Dance event, which was held last month, was a sell out. I did three songs, Blue Hawaii, Can't Help Falling In Love, and How Great Thou Art.
The black suit I wore for that occasion was purchased in Graceland, Memphis, on my last visit two years ago. It was from the same tailor that Elvis had all his suits made. This particular one was the replica of the suit he wore in a come-back concert but fashioned on a much smaller scale.
I was pleasantly surprised that my performance literally brought the house down with some of the ladies swooning and rushing to the stage with their handkerchiefs and scarfs but fortunately, nothing much more personal. In fact, two of them insisted that I gave them a kiss too.
Wow, now I know how The King felt, receiving all those attention - albeit, mine was only on a much smaller scale though.
All in all, everything went well, and I thank the good Lord for all the beautiful things he has provided me; good health, singing ability, a great family and wonderful friends and most importantly, being Happy!
Hope we'll get to meet during my coming visit to Singapore.
Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Images: Happy Tan (Copyright).
So watch it Jimmy PresLee, Happy Tay's coming round to Singapore. And it might prove Girl Happy time for the ladies on our island.
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