TRIBUTE TO ELVIS
Date and Venue 22 Dec 2006 @ 22.00 Radisson Hotel (Richmond)
Reviewer Ed Farolan
As part of the 9th Anniversary Christmas Dance Party of the Chinese Realtors Association, Johnny Babor was invited to do his Elvis impersonation, his Elvis "tribute" singing Elvis's top hits such as "Hound Dog", "Sorrento", "Blue Suede Shoes", and other favourites.
And Dance Party it was. The almost 100% Chinese who participated in this occasion danced to Elvis's songs, as Johnny Babor shook, rattled and rolled with his music.
Johnny enjoyed as he did his moves watching his fans dance to his music. He sang better as the night moved on, and everyone was shaking and rolling as the dancers observed and danced to Johnny's every move.. He felt quite relaxed when he sang "It's Now or Never". I swear I was hearing Elvis as I closed my eyes and listened. He was hitting the notes just right.
At the start, when he entered with the usual 2001 Space Odyssey intro typical of all of Elvis's grand entrances, he was greeted with a rousing applause by the audience. He started off with "CC Rider" and after that, the dancers started coming enthusiastically to the dance floor.
Johnny was on the spotlight as the dancing couples gyrated with Johnny's moves. Some even appeared to have studied ballroom dancing just from their postures alone. Johnny enjoyed singing and watching them imitate his moves. It was an enjoyable hour as " "Elvis" finally left the building after saying his signature "Thank you very much".
© 2006 Ed Farolan