Local "Elvis" favorite with seniors

By Theresa Schmidt - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - If Elvis Presley were alive today he'd be in his seventies... And many senior citizens remain among his most devoted fans. John Ieyoub is as much a favorite with the seniors as the legend he memorializes with each performance. He croons out the old favorite, "Love me tender, love me sweet, never let me go."

And John Ieyoub has been doing his rendition of Elvis from a very early age as seen in family photos when he was only four or five years old. It all started when the family saw Elvis himself live in Lake Charles in 1975. "When I saw the show I was just enamored with how the girls ran up to him and the lights and it just really touched me. And my sisters started dressing me up as Elvis and started lifting my collar."

John's mother, Julie Christ Miller encouraged John from the time he was a little boy.  "I think john was smitten at the adulation actually of the women, even though he was only four years old."

Now that John is a member of Lake Charles City Council, he's pretty much hanging up those blue suede shoes locally. He plans to do his last show at the upcoming autism benefit on Sunday October 25th for a cause near and dear to his heart, and the hearts of family members. Explains Julie, "As his last performance he said he would do it one more time for autism and again we're looking at a huge success."

John Ieyoub's success as Elvis goes to show what can happen if parents nurture those little sparks of interest or talent they see in their small children.  And those who know his talent look forward to memorable show. There are a few tickets still available for what is expected to be John's final performance in the Lake area-- they're available at First Federal Banks, Gordon's Drug Store or by calling Julie Christ Miller at 433-8943.

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