On Aug. 17, 2013, the day after Elvis Presley died 36 years ago, fans joined Johnny Ray as he paid tribute and celebrated Elvis' life. The celebration, in celebrity style, was held at Pearl's Next Generation Family Restaurant in Lantana, Fla.
Johnny Ray was rated #15 in the 2007 Elvis World Competition in Las Vegas, and now those at Pearl's enjoyed this celebrity tribute artist's talents when it came to impersonating The King.
Most, if not all, of Pearl's five children (plus great great grandchildren) have worked at Pearl's keeping the restaurant "in the family." They are known for serving up delicious homemade cuisine.
One of those children is Ginger.
"I'm one of mother's two daughters. Our brother Gary helped run the restaurant for 30 years. The restaurant has been here for over 40 (closer to 50!).
It is fun to see how everyone reacts to Johnny Ray as Elvis. They have a great time!"
Johnny Ray, who resides in Lake Worth and performs as Elvis at multiple venues, can be found at Pearl's every Saturday night!
Saturday, Aug. 17 was no exception. According to Ginger, it was a packed house.
"Tonight Pearl's was slammed! People were dancing around the jukebox and bar areas, and they even went out onto the patio to dance as well."
Elvis Presley, whom this celebration was all about, lived a short life, but one that will never be forgotten.
Note, Elvis Presley was still alive when Pearl's Restuarant was open, as they have been around since the 1960s, and Elvis passed away in 1977.
According to Wikipedia, Elvis Presley was a singer, musician and actor. He was one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century.
Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, and at the age of 13 he moved with his family to Memphis, Tennessee. His music career began there in 1954 when he started to work with Sam Phillips the owner of Sun Records.
Elvis' energized interpretations of songs and provocative performance style were two of the many reasons he was enormously popular, and controversial.
On Aug. 18, 1977, Elvis Presley's funeral was held at his home, at Graceland. Since his death, there have been numerous alleged sightings of Presley.
One "sighting" where everyone can claim to have seen Elvis, at least on Saturday nights, is at Pearl's!
"The show was a great success. I did two different shows, one of the early Elvis, and then I did the last show he did live at Indianapolis on June 16, 1977.
I performed the whole show just like he did back then. What a dream come true. It was great!" - Johnny Ray