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Elvis birthday tribute in Boca and fast facts on the king

Elvis fans know Tuesday Jan. 8 would have been Presley’s 84th birthday.

Boca Black Box is bringing in a New York impersonator for “Remembering ELVIS: A Tribute by Richie Santa.” 

The show is 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9. Tickets are $35 or $45 VIP at Boca Black Box events or 561-483-9036.

Santa is the same height and weight as Elvis was in his prime, his website says. He has done 600 shows as Elvis in the last decade. That includes Elvis Fest in Vegas and Elvis week in Memphis.

Diehard Presley devotees have an annual tribute at his Graceland Mansion in Memphis through Tuesday.

Here are the Elvis fast facts:

·    Presley was honored with the presidential Medal of Freedom in November at the White House.    

·    His daughter Lisa Presley will be 51 on Feb. 1

·    His former wife Priscilla Presley, 73, is credited with turning his home Graceland into a tourist attraction

·    They were divorced in 1973

·    Presley was born in 1935 in Tupelo, Miss. He was a twin. His brother Jesse died shortly after their birth.

·    Presley died at age 42 on Aug. 19. 1977 from a heart attack. His death remains a controversy over a possible coverup for a prescription drug addiction.

·    Presley had 18 No. 1 hits in his career

·    A Texas radio announcer is credited with calling him “the king of rock and roll”

·    He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. There’s an Elvis exhibit at the attraction in Cleveland, Ohio.

·    All three of his Grammys were for gospel music. He had 14 Grammy nominations.

·    His biggest fear was not being remembered, Priscilla Presley said to promote the HBO documentary she produced that aired last March.

By Marci Shatzman

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