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Elvis sighting at Salem restaurant

Thursday, September 6, 2007

One of the world's most recognized royal figures paid a visit to the South Fork Cafe in Salem.

The one, the only, The King, graced the restaurant with his presence.

Well, sort of ...

Butch Dicus, one of the nation's top Elvis impersonators, sang and swiveled for restaurant patrons during two separate, 45-minute dinner shows Sept. 4.

"I thought doing something like this was a way for us to say thanks to customers," South Fork Cafe owner James Winget said of his decision to host Butch's show.

The 47-year-old Elvis impersonator from Jacksonville has been enthralled with The King, practicing his songs, dances and mannerisms, since he was 13, according to his Web site bio.

In 1976 he decided to commit. He died his hair black and performed in a high school talent show, he said.

After winning first place, Butch sent a picture of his performance to his idol, and within three weeks received an autographed poster of Elvis from Graceland.

That was all Butch needed. "Well, that's when it all began," he said.

Over the years Butch honed his skills and his act grew in fame. "I've done this forever, but in 2000 I began performing commercially," he said.

He has numerous entertainment credits, including an appearance on London Weekend TV's "Star Search," an ABC television commercial, an appearance on the CBS "Morning Show" in commemoration of Elvis 25th Anniversary Week, a television commercial for the Memphis Grizzlies professional basketball team and a post production performance for the Oscar-winning cast of "Walk the Line" in 2004.

He has received numerous humanitarian awards, has won and placed in many Elvis impersonation contests, is a member of the Professional Elvis Impersonators Association of Las Vegas and the Elvis Tribute Artists Hall of Fame and was recognized in the book, Elvis Lives: The business of being Elvis.

Those wanting more information about Butch or for those interested in booking one of Butch's performances, visit his Web site at www.butchdicus.com.

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