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75th anniversary of Elvis' birth

Elvis Presley fan Julie Carter, of Coraki, with some of her memorabilia.Husband Roy does not share her enthusiasm for the King.
Elvis Presley fan Julie Carter, of Coraki, with some of her memorabilia.Husband Roy does not share her enthusiasm for the King. Jacklyn Wagner

JULIE CARTER will never see Graceland in person, but she hopes to make it to the Parkes Elvis Festival.

“I’d love to have a look at Graceland, but unless I win Lotto I won’t see it,” the dedicated fan from Coraki said.

She wants to join thousands of other Elvis fans in Parkes one January to remember and celebrate the King of rock’n’roll.

Today is the 75th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s birth and thousands will be flocking not only to Parkes, but to Memphis, Tennessee.

The closest Mrs Carter has got to anything Elvis so far was the 2006 Elvis Presley in Concert Tour in Perth.

While the king starred ‘via video’, original members of the TCB band and his back-up singers performed in front of a huge video screen.

“It was just like he was there,” she recalled.

“People went mad and one woman even got thrown out for carrying on.”

Mrs Carter has been a fan since she was a teenager.

“I remember seeing him in a movie on TV,” she said. “He was a good-looking guy and I loved his movies and songs.

“I think I have watchedevery one of his movies on TV and we taped them.

“I would make copies for my mother and she would make copies for me. I’ve watched every movie over and over. He was gorgeous.”

Her favourites are Blue Hawaii and GI Blues.

Her husband Roy is not such a big Elvis fan. He’s more a rockabilly/hillbilly man, although he could recall how old Elvis was when he died (42), and could name his favourite tune.

“He doesn’t do anything for me,” Mr Carter said. “But he did have some good songs.”

His wife remembers where she was the day Elvis died.

“We were living in Casino and I was walking from the bedroom to the lounge room,” she said. “I heard it on the wireless and got a shock. It was hard to believe.”



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