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Even 40 Years After His Death, Elvis Presley still Reigns as ‘The King’ For Impersonators

40 years since his death, and Elvis continues to be unbeatable and a favorite among masses!

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Elvis continues to be a favorite even 40 years after this death.
Artist Douglas Masuda, the Elvis of Japan, performing on stage in Manila, Philippines on Aug. 10, 2017. The event was organised to pay tributes to the legendary singer. VOA
  • Impersonators continue to dress up and act like Elvis Presley decades after his demise
  • Impersonators and fans paid tribute to Elvis at a recent event held in the Philippines 
  • Elvis died on August 16, 1977

US, August 14, 2017: Four decades since his death, Elvis Presley still reigns as The King — for impersonators.

Few artists inspire people all over the world to dress up and perform passionately on stage like Presley. Impersonators from different generations and various countries paid tribute to their idol recently at a gathering in the Philippines. The Elvis Presley Friendship Club, Philippines International, is one of over 400 official fan clubs around the world honoring Presley on the 40th anniversary of his Aug. 16, 1977, death.

What was it about Elvis that inspires tribute artists around the globe to perform in his name after all this time? Those at the gathering in Manila speak about their motivations:

WHY DOES ELVIS RESONATE FOR YOU ALL THESE YEARS LATER?

Filipino Jun Espinosa, 44, business consultant:

“Everything for Elvis, that’s the only motivation. And for the fans. Up to now I’m having this in my thought and in my mind that maybe without Elvis in me, I could not have survived certain points of my life. … Maybe as long as I can shake, as long as I can do this, and as long as people will love Elvis, it will be there.”

Ramon Jacinto, 72, musician, TV host and founder of Philippine rock `n’ roll radio station DZRJ:

“He crossed over black music roots to you know, to all nationalities. Even the Beatles were influenced by Elvis. Everybody was influenced. He was the real example of an out-of-the-box showman. And he wiggled, he had a different style of singing from the time of Frank Sinatra. … He opened the door to carefree rock `n’ roll and the attitude.”

HOW DO YOU TAILOR YOUR ELVIS ACT FOR YOUR OWN CULTURE AND AUDIENCE?

Filipina Anjeanette Japor, 22, singer:

“I still incorporate my style, like, pop and something that’s modern. Definitely my songs, the arrangements are different from the original Elvis songs so that people, no matter what age you are, can still enjoy my music.”

Douglas Masuda of Japan, 73, retired lawyer:

“Well, I don’t really tailor anything. Just sing it the way you feel it. If you feel it, the audience feels it. It’s real simple. You’ve got to feel it. Because I don’t look like Elvis, I don’t really sound like Elvis, but when I sing, you feel it, you feel Elvis coming out.”

WHY IS ELVIS STILL RELEVANT 40 YEARS AFTER HIS DEATH?

Filipino Bam Angping, 21, college student:

“It’s really the fans. Michael Jackson was a big, big star. But they don’t have that kind of community, like, they celebrate every year impersonations. It’s really the fans that caused Elvis to live this long. He was great at his time. But if it were not for the fans, probably he would be, you know, like, `Yeah I remember him. But not really.”‘

Eddie Lombardo of Italy:

“So we try to keep the name of Elvis alive. …. we’re not trying to duplicate Elvis because nobody can “be” Elvis. There’s only one Elvis, you know? And what we’re trying to (do is) bring the memory of Elvis back to people, that’s basically what we’re doing.”

Japor:

“In the music industry, the songs of Elvis remain a classic. Like Bruno Mars, he has a lot of rock `n’ roll songs. Most of them originated from the legends, one of which is Elvis. So I think his songs still have a great impact to the music we have nowadays. There are a lot of songs actually that were sung by Elvis that are being covered right now. And that gives a modern twist to the song. So because of that, Elvis continues to live with the music.” (VOA)

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Coca-Cola marks 100 years of quintessential glass bottle

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

It’s not only the distinctive and delectable taste of Coca-Cola that rules the hearts of zillions of people worldwide, but it’s also the curvaceous glass bottle of the beverage that offers it a striking identity around the globe.

The Coca-Cola bottle can be coined as one of the artistic creations of the 20th century. In 1915, the Coca-Cola Company issued a creative challenge to a handful of U.S. glass companies to develop a “bottle so distinct that one would recognize it by feeling in the dark or lying broken on the ground.”

The company finally selected the design made by Alexander Samuelsson, the chief designer of the Root Glass Company. After its launch, it created a mind-blowing inspiration and enthusiasm among various people, from erudite to ignorant.

The company will be celebrating 100 years of the iconic glass bottle this year. It will celebrate the centenary by launching different campaigns that include new ads featuring iconic celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Ray Charles. The advertisements will also show the stars being “kissed by” the Coca-Cola bottle, an experience shared across generations for the last 100 years.

“The Coca-Cola Contour Glass Bottle is a design classic, which has stood the test of time and fashion changes,” said Bobby Brittain, Marketing Strategy and Activation Director, Coca-Cola, Great Britain.

“We wanted to create a campaign that celebrates the rich history and heritage of Coca-Cola bottle throughout the past 100 years, and show how it continues to endure as a pop culture icon,” he added.

To make the anniversary memorable, the company will organize a competition named as ‘#Mashupcoke.’ The idea is to make Coca-Cola bottle with three colors: red, black and white with the theme ‘recreate and imagine vintage Coca-Cola bottle’.

“We wanted to celebrate our past, while simultaneously writing our future, through design,” explains James Sommerville, Coke’s Vice President, Global Design.

“The resulting posters are as unique and varied as their creators – each an expression of individuality linked together by the Coca-Cola bottle,” he added.

Many of these pieces will be featured in a global campaign commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Coke bottle. Selected artwork will include ‘The Coca-Cola Bottle: An American Icon at 100 and The Coca-Cola Bottle Art Tour: Inspiring Pop Culture for 100 Years.’ The pieces will also be featured on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.