The man who would be king

A POSTMAN who became an overnight success when he appeared as Elvis on Chris Evans's 'TFI Friday' is bringing his amazing show to Derry.

Jim Brown has since packed in his postie round and now spends his time touring the world impersonating his idol.

And this weekend he is travelling to Memphis,Tennessee to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the death of “The King”.

Before he jetted off, Jim spoke to the ‘Journal’ about his concerts in Derry on August 24 and 25.

“We’ll have the big band on stage with us,” he said. “And we’ll be doing all the old favourites as well as some other songs not originally recorded by Elvis.”

Belfast man Jim made his name as one of the top Elvis impersonators because of his unique take on the King. Not only does he sing Elvis classics but he also performs songs not originally recorded by him.

Jim’s the man

If you ever wanted to hear Elvis sing ‘No woman no cry’ - then Jim’s the man for you.

“I’ve been a fan of Elvis since I was a small child,” said Jim. “People told me I sounded like him, so I started singing publicly. After TFI Friday I recorded the album, Gravelands, which is a compilation of me singing non-Elvis songs as Elvis.

“I’ve gone on to record two more albums - Return to Splendour and Anyway you want me.”

More recently Jim’s been asked to record a song for the soundtrack of an Elvis film being made by an American company. He’s also recorded with some of Elvis’ musicians in Dusseldorf.

Elvis’s life

The show at the end of this month chronicles Elvis’s life through the years up until his death in 1977 at the age of 42.

This is the closest you will ever get to seeing the King live.

To book tickets for the Elvis Spectacular contact the Box Office at the Millennium Forum on 71264455 or visit www.millenniumforum.co.uk