THE King of Rock and Roll made a rousing return during the Flashback to the 60s Charity Show and Dinner.
Singing the late Elvis Presley’s iconic numbers, a trio of tribute artistes from Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines had the crowd reliving the good old days.
Jimmy Lee, who hails from Singapore, said Elvis had a big influence on him during his childhood days.
“A few years ago, I had a chance to sing. People liked my voice and I kept getting invitations.
“Seems like the King chose me,” he explained about walking in his idol’s shoes.
Filipino Alfred Sanchez sang a similar tune about Elvis.
“It allows us to relive the magic of Elvis, whose spirit lives on through tribute artistes like us.”
The event, held at The Royale Bintang Penang in Weld Quay on Tuesday, also featured a performance by Indonesian talent Hanche.
It was organised by retired businessman Harry Ooi and his close friend Dr K.T. Goh to raise funds for charity organisations The House of Hope, Hospice Penang and Grace Harmony Home.
It stemmed from the idea of ‘paying it forward’ - a concept that calls for someone blessed in life to do something good in turn for others.
“Dr Goh and I have gone a long way, we’ve seen many things and appreciate all that we have.
“We felt we needed to bring happiness to other people too.
“We wanted to reach out and show that everyone has the capacity to bring cheer to those less fortunate who will benefit from the proceeds.
“A lot of us also grew up in the Elvis era so it was nice to bring back sweet memories from yesteryear,” said Ooi, himself a big fan of the music legend.
Dr Goh said, “We hope this can be the start to bigger things. Penang can be a destination not only for food, but also for entertainment.”
In his speech, state Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Commitee chairman Chow Kon Yeow praised guests for coming together to support the worthy cause.
Besides the Elvis tribute artistes, entertainment was also pro- vided by local live band Flaming Signature.