What a night we had: dancing to the music of two great bands. My beautiful cousin, Carla has such great friends. The very 1st band she ever sang with came to her benefit and even played. Carla told me that they’d been staying at The Casino Queen where we were staying. The C&R Friends Band named themselves after Carla&Ray. They sounded great! The lead singer sounded like Joe Cocker, especially when he sang “I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends.” Keith Ital sounded just like Elvis (and personally I think he sounds better than Steve Davis — no offense Barb). I even got a couple of photos of me and “Elvis” that my son took just for Barb. I’ll post them as soon as I can.
Yes I even got on the dance floor and shook “my tail feather.” Unfortunately there’s quite a bit of it these days and I kept my back to the video camera. (Glad I won’t see what that looked like!) You should have seen Carla’s face when I walked up behind her and tapped her on the shoulder. Wish I’d had a camera because it was one of those “priceless” moments you want to capture forever. Then, bless her heart, she said I looked like Aunt Helen! What a shocker for me; I have to get out the old photographs and take another look at them. When she reintroduced me to her younger sister, Pam, I blurted out “Little Pammy!” Forgive me Pam, but I guess some things never change.
Can’t wait to get the photos of Keith Ital and me. I wish I would’ve had a chance to interview him. You see he’s a minister as well as an Elvis Impersonator; so he’s honoring two Kings! Isn’t that neat? Alas, my friend Barb couldn’t attend this benefit concert because she was attending Steve Davis’ concert in St. Louis. Jim Gamache even thanked the attendees for coming to Carla & Ray’s benefit when there were so many things happening in St. Louis Saturday night. I just hope the people who weren’t there with me had as much fun as I did. When the benefit was finished, my son and I drove to our old stomping ground (Cahokia, IL) for White Castles (little palm size hamburgers) that are still known as belly bombers to some of us.