The Spirit Of Elvis - Biography
singing career spans more than 30 years. He has been singing
since he was just 12 years old as he was a member of
a touring "Old Time Music Hall" band. After
12 years in the British Army he moved to the West Coast
of Ireland where he performed in social clubs and pubs
in the area for 5 years. Between 1995 and 1998 Louis
was the Entertainment Manager for the "Golden Oldies
Club" the largest live music cabaret club in the Turkish
holiday resort of Kusadasi where he performed his full Elvis tribute show The Elvis Story.
This show covered all eras of Elvis music career from
the 50's, Movie years, 68' comeback through to the Vegas
years. Louis was one of the first Elvis tributes able
to perform a show of this style accurately and complete
with all the essential costume changes. Later in 1998
Louis moved to Rhodes and then on to Spain. He appeared
in various clubs and hotels as a guest singer working
with many other entertainers before returning to a village
England where he now lives.
been based for almost 7 years in the North West of England
Louis Rockafella has established himself as the leading
UK and European Elvis Lookalike and Tribute artiste.
Over the years Louis has changed and improved his show
format and vocal style, and now purely specialises in
the look and sound of Elvis in the mid 70's. Highlights
of millenium year 2000,travelling across ten of the southern states of
USA, while in Memphis visiting Graceland also stopping
to record a CD in the legendary "Sun Studios",
started 2001 by performing on the Maiden
World cruise of the P&O liner "Aurora".
Later that year Louis was the winner of the RCA / HMV Best Look &
Soundalike of Elvis Award receiving an engraved platinum
Elvis Aloha album award. In October that year Louis travelled to
the USA to perform infront of over 2000 Elvis fans at the 9th Annual Elvis Festival
held in Indiana. Here, Louis was joined on stage by
Myrna Smith (Elvis' original backing singer from the
Sweet Inspirations). Louis also had the honour of meeting
TCB Band member Jerry Scheff, and PAtti Parry, the only
female member of The Memphis Mafia.
During August 2002, The Elvis 25th
Anniversary was a busy time for Louis. Working as a
lookalike/actor he played the part of Elvis himself for the
BBC1 documentary "There's Only One Elvis".Louis
also made various appearances and radio interviews across
the country as the official Elvis lookalike and tribute
for Elvis' record label BMG. Helping promote the international
No.1 selling album, Elvis 30No.1's. Louis also helped
promote the 3 x DVD set, Elvis: The Great Performances
as authorised by EPE & Graceland. In October 2002
BMG / RCA Records London presented Louis with a replica
Elvis Gibson guitar, This award was for services in
helping keep the memory of Elvis alive.
New Years Day 2003, Louis was seen serenading Anne Robinson
while competing on BBC's "The Weakest Link Elvis Special"!
In June 2003 a new exhibition opened in Liverpool, UK
called "The Fingerprints Of Elvis". Louis
appeared as a lookalike at the opening of the event
that also included an interview that was shown on BBC1
evening news. David Stanley (Elvis Step brother) also
attended the opening. Louis returned to the Exhibition
in August for the 26th Anniversary where he appeared
once again for the national press who took photos of
Louis sitting in Elvis' very own Golf Buggy, a new item
for the exhibition that had just arrived from USA. Louis
returned to USA, October 2003 to perform as a special
guest at the 11th Annual Elvis Festival, in Indiana.
Here Louis entertained many people that knew Elvis
personally including Joe Esposito, Elvis road manager
and best friend and also John Wilkinson - Elvis own
during 2003, Louis performed at many large venues and
theatres across the North of England as part of
the very successful Legends Show "An American
Trilogy". Finishing December 2003, with his
own show The Spirit of Elvis at the Liverpool Olympia
Theatre, a venue where Elvis' very own TCB
Band performed at during 2004.
January 2004 Louis joined forces with one of the countries
leading Limousine Companies MD Travel of Southport.
Together they have set up a new and exclusive service
"Elvis Limos". Louis as Elvis can be hired to meet and
greet / serenade guests while travelling in style in a luxury white stretch limousine, available for weddings,
Vegas theme events or any special occasion. "Elvis Limos"
where seen in January 2004 at Liverpool's Albert Dock.
Louis and Mike Storey, Liverpool City Council Leader
made the appearance to celebrate Memphis twinning with
Liverpool for 2004 and also the 50th Anniversary of
February 2004, Louis Rockafella's
"The Spirit Of Elvis Show" complete with Louis own 6 piece
Elvis tribute band "The Dixie Mafia" performed at the renowned
Crewe Limelight Club on Valentines Night. The show was
such a huge success that they where
booked to return for numerous dates later that year
and also through 2005. Also another venue where Elvis
very own TCB Band performed at during 2004.
During March 2004 Louis was filming as an Elvis Lookalike/Actor
for a new Elvis themed AOL TV advertisement which has
been seen on screens since October 2004. He has
also been asked to film a follow up advert for AOL
later this year 2005.
June 2004, Louis appeared in Denmark for the first
time at the Aarup Festival. A performance that was so well received,
CB & Ole B Management (who also represent Elvis' backing group
The Jordanaires) have lined up a ten date theatre tour
of Denmark for Louis Rockafella and his band for early 2005.
July 5th 2004, Louis was seen at the HMV store
in Oxford Street, London to launch the latest release
of Elvis Presley "That's All Right (Mama)". A special
limited edition 10" vinyl record of this single was released to
celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Rock'n'Roll. Richard Orr, of
BMG, presented Louis with a very special Award,
a 24k gold framed edition of the 10" single for his
help with the launch, a great honour and achievement
a very busy schedule during 2004 that
also included many private bookings for
weddings and events appearing in various Major Hotels,
Castles, Stately Homes and even Blenheim Palace. At
one such wedding Louis was surprised and honoured to
meet Roger Semon, Record Producer for Elvis Presley
CD's for BMG / Follow That Dream Label who
have seen hundreds of Elvis
impersonators over the years,
and Louis is the best I have
ever seen...absolutely fantastic!"
also entertained at many public events and dinner shows,
product launches and corporate
events for large companies such as The Royal Bank of
Canada at Whitehall in London.
Elvis Presley's 70th Birthday year in 2005, Louis Rockafella
toured the UK with Elvis Presley's original female vocal
backing group from 1969-1977, The Sweet Inspirations.
This is the first time The Sweet Inspirations have toured
the UK with an Elvis tribute artiste, and a great honour
and achievement for Louis. It was such a success that
plans are in motion for further shows during 2008.
the success of the tour in 2005, Louis has been working
on many projects and new business ventures. He has worked
at many prestigious events including The Brit Awards,
2006, and shows across Europe.
who still lives in the Southport area of the North West,
is still as popular as ever for bookings of all types
of events, highlights so far oinclude performing
for Sir Elton John at his party of the year in Windsor,
"The White Tie and Tiara Ball". He has perfomed
at events in Croatia, and for Elvis Presley's anniversary
in August he performed with his band The Dixie Mafia,
at the Elvis Festival in Isle of Man.
present the diary is already looking busy, with
many projects and shows lined up for the future. Still
in demand for advertising campaigns, private events
and shows of all types.
that Louis Rockafella is the most
popular, and most versatile 70's styled Elvis tribute performer and
lookalike available in the UK. In high demand not only
in the UK, but further afield too. More importantly this
also proves that Elvis Presley's popularity amongst
people of all age groups all over the world is bigger
than ever before.
Rockafella is a true professional, with a fantastic
personality and is always available before and after
his shows, to meet and greet Elvis and Louis Rockafella
fans alike, for photos, autographs and a chat. Whether
it's a Wedding, special occasion, dinner show, corporate
event or theatre show you will find no better "Elvis"
for providing first class entertainment, electrifying
atmosphere, interaction with the audience, creating
excellent follow-up reviews from fans and venues, countless
recommendations and re-bookings.
Only "Elvis" you will Ever Need For
Care Of Business!
approach was very professional and put me and the team
at ease at a particularly stressful time during the
organisation of the event. I had total confidence that
he was going to provide us with a fantastic evening
of entertainment and that is exactly what we got. Louis
was confident, a big hit with the ladies and I would
have no hesitation in booking his service again or indeed
recommending him to anyone who needs an Elvis impersonator.
He was first class!"
Douglas, British Gas - 2003
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