BERN TWP., Pa. - With his hips shaking, legs twitching and voice booming, many could safely say that Jeff Krick, a Berks County native, is Elvis Presley reborn.
"I try very hard. This is what I do. It's a passion. I love it, and I try to give that through my performances, and I think people realize that, but there's only one Elvis. There will never be another," said Krick, a full-time, award-winning Elvis tribute artist.
Since 1990, Krick has traveled across the nation in custom-made jumpsuits, performing professionally as the King of Rock and Roll. He's performed on cruise ships, at concerts, casinos, and even at venues overseas while serving in the Navy.
"I started singing when I was a young kid," he said. "Of course, I didn't have the side burns then."
In recent years, Krick has even had the opportunity to perform with Elvis' same back-up vocal singers.
"They tell me it's like watching their buddy Elvis on stage when they're with me, so I guess that's one of the highest compliments you can get," he said.
"I see a lot of other people do it and they're not close to him. It's Elvis, then him," said Krick's son, Jeffrey Krick Jr., who occasionally performs with his dad. The two are set to perform together at the Reading Fair on Monday night.
"I've been around it all my life, seeing him do it. It's in my blood now," said Krick Jr.
Fair performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the fairgrounds in Bern Township. The shows will feature "early Elvis songs" and a "full Vegas-style performance."
Fair organizers said they've been booking Krick since the late 1990s.
"He draws a very large crowd. We get people that come early so they can get a spot in the front so they can be close to him," said Terry Wagner, Reading Fair president.
"It's always great to be near home [and] get to see the great fans that have followed me since I started," said Krick, who plans to continue performing as long as possible, in tribute to the king.
"[Elvis] was the very first true rock and roll superstar. He started the ball rolling for a lot of people and he's still quite an influence to a lot of entertainers and superstars out there today," said Krick. "His music will continue to live on."
The truth, certainly, if Jeff Krick continues to take the stage.
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