Residents of Arkansas may have a lot to look at in the near future when it comes to the politicians that they select. For the first time ever, an Elvis Presley impersonator is vying for the congressional seat.
The impersonator was so dedicated to his Elvis status that he legally changed his name to match that of the music legend. “Elvis D. Presley,” has filed to run against Rep. Rick Crawford, as the Libertarian nominee. Since 2011, Crawford has been the U.S. representative for Arkansas’s 1st congressional district. As a member of the Republican party, Crawford has a resume that includes time spent as a radio announcer, businessman and United States Army soldier. And now, he is competing with the “King of Rock,” for the seat that he has held for seven years.
So, what does Presley have to bring to the table?
According to his bio on the Pulaski County Libertarian Party website, he currently works as an auto refinish technician at Camp’s Custom Paint in Star City. In 2016, the Pulaski party supported his candidacy for land commissioner.
In celebration of the announcement of his candidacy, Presley used one of the famed quotes that he uses on the Facebook page dedicated to promoting his impersonation work, and shared the following…
“Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine.”
There are certainly a lot of similarities between Elvis D. Presley and the Elvis A. Presley, who is the original “King of Rock.” The King was known for pushing the limit when it came to his music, and he became famous for his eccentric and sometimes sexual dance moves. Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, in 1935, the King moved to Memphis, Tennessee where his music career began in 1954. Presley was one of the first musicians to bring “rockabilly” to the music scene and he is considered a pioneer for the music style which is a combination of uptempo, backbeat-driven fusion of country music and rhythm and blues. Presley’s first single, Heartbreak Hotel, was released in January of 1956 when he was just 21-years-old. It instantly became a number one hit in the United States and launched the King into fame. Following the release, Presley appeared on a series of successful network television shows and soon become the main figure of rock and roll, which was a brand new genre at the time. He was popular for his mix of influences across many races, which had already been a transformative time for these relations. His energy and interpretations of songs combined with his sexually provocative moves made him instantly popular. However; not everyone saw Presley as a King and some found his music style to be far too sexual, which caused him to be the center of controversial debates regarding what is appropriate and what is not.
As one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century, Presley has a broad background of musical talent including, country, pop, blues, and gospel, which spans across a variety of different cultures. He is the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music, having won three competitive Grammys and receiving a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at the young age of 36. Not to mention the multiple music halls of fame that he has been inducted into.