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Michael Dean impersonates Elvis Presley, the king of rock 'n' roll.
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Michael Dean impersonates Elvis Presley, the king of rock 'n' roll.

Elvis returns
Princess concert will emulate 'The King' in music and generosity

By Ronnie Thomas
DAILY Staff Writer

rthomas@decaturdaily.com 340-2438

Throughout his all-too-brief career, an untold number of stories circulated about Elvis Presley's generosity to friends and strangers.

The legendary rock 'n' roller once read a newspaper article about a high school senior who said she would have to drop out of school and get a job to support her ailing grandmother and guardian.

Stamps Quartet performed with Presley. The only surviving original members are Ed Hill and Ed Enoch. Enoch owns and manages the group. From left are Lucas Case, Michael  Helwig, Enoch, Joseph Frech and Butch Owens.
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Stamps Quartet performed with Presley. The only surviving original members are Ed Hill and Ed Enoch. Enoch owns and manages the group. From left are Lucas Case, Michael Helwig, Enoch, Joseph Frech and Butch Owens.
One night not long afterwards, the girl answered a knock on the door. A man handed her a substantial amount of money.

"Mr. Presley said to tell you to finish high school," the man said. "And he reminds you that this is an anonymous gift."

After Presley's death in Memphis on Aug. 16, 1977, she gave up the secret.

The sixth annual "Elvis Remembered!" concert at the Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts will take a step toward emulating the kindness of "The King" by raising money for music scholarships.

The concert features Elvis impersonator Michael Dean
and Memphis, Stamps Quartet of Nashville and the ExSpence Account Showband of Chi-
cago.

Gayle Dean, the wife of Mike Dean and a member of Memphis with J.D. Moss and Amy Roper, said they partnered with Billy Lindsey of Muscle Shoals to establish the North Alabama Music Foundation, an incorporated nonprofit organization, to assist students majoring in music or studying for careers or studying for careers in the music industry.

"We started last year by doing program books and selling ads to help pay for the cost of the concert, so that proceeds of ticket sales will go to the foundation," Gayle Dean said. "After paying rent for the theater and costs for the entertainers, a percentage after costs will go to the foundation."

The first show to help with fundraising was two weeks ago at Muscle Shoals High School. Appearing were Michael Dean and Memphis and The Regents, which features Lindsey, a retired University of North Alabama professor. The second act is at the Princess.

"Because Muscle Shoals and Florence are where a lot of great music blossomed, we're trying to do something to perhaps assist UNA students," she said. "One of the chief elements in our incorporation is to advance the music industry in North Alabama."

Dean said the foundation hopes to generate enough resources from this year's concerts to begin awarding scholarships. She is hopeful the foundation will be able to award more than one scholarship each year.

Students wishing to apply should write the North Alabama Music Foundation at 1404 Memory Lane, Tuscumbia, AL 35674 and request an application.

Elvis reincarnated

Meanwhile, fans can look forward to another spirited reincarnation of Elvis on the Princess stage. Michael Dean and Memphis will sing a major portion of Elvis' hits, with backing from the Stamps Quartet and ExSpence Account, which many rate as the best Elvis tribute band.

Also, baritone Ed Hill, who retired from the Stamps in April 2005, will again make a special appearance. Hill and lead vocalist Ed Enoch are the last surviving members of the Stamps that performed with Presley. Enoch owns and manages the quartet. Other members are tenor Joseph Frech, baritone Michael Helwig, bass Butch Owens and pianist Lucas Case.

Gail Dean said DVDs of the 2005 "Elvis Remembered!" concert will be available for purchase.

How to go

What: "Elvis Remembered!"
concert starring Michael Dean and Memphis, Stamps Quartet andExSpence Account Showband

When: Aug. 26, 8 p.m.

Where: Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts

Cost: Tickets are $20. All seats are reserved. Advance tickets available by calling 350-8660 or 565-4697. They also are available at Gayle Root Allstate Insurance Co., 2126 Sixth Ave. S.E., or at Moss Audio on Vaughn Bridge Road in Hartselle.

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