Wednesday, March 02, 2005

"Elis tribute song for Dundee debut"

Why Can’t They Leave Him Alone? was penned by former Dundee entertainer George Christie in 1987 to express his disgust at people profiting from the death of the King by selling stories and scandalising his memory. The song was adopted as the anthem of the official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Great Britain, who empathised with the feelings in the song. It also struck a chord with Elvis impersonator Richard Atkins, who started performing it live on tour with Rockin’ on Heavens Door, a performance of covers from the likes of Buddy Holly, Elvis, Eddie Cochran and Roy Orbison.

The tour comes to the Whitehall Theatre on March 25 and will be the first time George’s song has been performed in his home town.

His friend Alec Brown, a piano tuner with the BBC in London, who tuned the piano for Elton John to perform at Princess Diana’s funeral, said, “It’s a powerfully emotional song at the best of times and I heard it the first time it was sung live and could hardly speak afterwards. We’ll be up in Dundee for the show on the 25th and will be taking George’s widow Fay along with us and I’m sure she’ll be very moved to hear it.”

George, who died two years ago, was a well-known entertainer in Dundee venues throughout the 50s, 60s and 70s. He died two years ago.

from The Evening Telegraph and Post


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