Monday, March 07, 2005

Mount Morris, IL Elvis Is Leaving the Building

After 33 years Chris Corcoran is hanging up his jumpsuit.
"Everybody liked my voice," he said. "I do it because I have fun doing it and I enjoy entertaining people. But at the same time, it's been humbling that people appreciate it."

Ever since his brother bought him Presley's "Don't Be Cruel" record when he was 6, Corcoran has oozed "The King" from every pore. He cites seeing him perform when he was 17 as the most memorable moment in his life...

Through the years, Corcoran has bought 33 Elvis jumpsuits; one for eachyear he has performed. "I told Ruth that when I die, I want to be buried in it," he said. "That's what people remember me for."

When he mentions how Mount Morris residents always recognize him in stores and restaurants, Ruth rolls her eyes.

"I'm going to drive you to Timbuktu where nobody recognizes you," she said with a laugh.

One of Corcoran's last wishes as the man behind the man behind the sequins is to make sure his fans remember that he appreciates them as much as they appreciate him.

"God gave me a talent to give to people," he said. "I'll miss the people and I'll miss the attention, but I have to go on and remember the good times I had."

By Dustin J. Seibert for the Rockford Register Star
http://www.rrstar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050307/NEWS0106/503070314/1004

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