Wednesday
Jan152014

A New Adventure!

I have been entertaining seventeen years (as of May 24, 2014) with my Elvis Presley tribute show “Memories of The King”.  I consider this venture a success, since I have venues booking me numerous times and I have wonderful fans that keep returning to see my shows. Now I'm adding another legend to my repertoire as I debut a brand new show in 2014.  “DIAMOND: A Solitary Tribute” will showcase the songs, charisma and those sequined shirts of legendary singer/songwriter Neil Diamond.  I will be performing songs from Diamond’s vast catalog of hits spanning from the 1960’s right up to today.  Neil Diamond is known for his huge sold out concerts and I will re-create that experience with the same high quality sound, lights, costumes and performance that I bring to my continuing Elvis tribute. My debute performace of “DIAMOND: A Solitary Tribute” will be at the 5th Annual “Pink Angels - Relay For Life” Benefit Concert in Van Wert, Ohio on March 29, 2014. I hope you come and check out my brand new show.  Even if you don't consider yourself a "Diamonhead" (what the millions of die hard Neil Diamond fans call themselves), I hope you come and see my show, and you may be surprised all of the many hits Neil Diamond has recorded that you already know.

If interested in booking, I now offer three types of shows:
“Memories of The King” -  1 Hour or 2 Hour Elvis tribute
“DIAMOND: A Solitary Tribute” -  1 Hour Neil Diamond tribute
“The King of Diamonds” -  1st Hour Neil Diamond tribute, 2nd Hour Elvis tribute

 

Sunday
Nov182012

Farewell to a Legend

On November 15th, we lost a legend in the Elvis world, the fashion world, in Memphis history and in my world. Bernard Lansky ("Mr. B" to many), passed away at his Memphis, TN home. He was 85. He had suffered from Alzheimer's disease for the last few years. For those unfamiliar with him, he along with his brother Guy, opened Lansky Bros. on Beale St. in Memphis, in 1946 with $125 borrowed from their father. What started as an Army surplus store, soon found its niche catering to the local blues musicians who fancied loud flashy stylish clothes. This store grabbed the attention of a teenage Elvis Presley. Bernard would talk to young Elvis who would gaze through the store windows. Elvis told him "Mr. Lansky, someday I'm gonna buy your store." Bernard replied "Don't buy me out, just buy from me." That he did. As soon as Elvis started getting success, he started shopping at Lansky's. Bernard dressed Elvis for his Grand Ole Opry appearance. Also all his early TV appearances like "The Dorsey Brothers Show", "The Milton Berle Show", "The Steve Allen Show" and "The Ed Sullivan Show". Elvis would continue to shop at Lansky's the rest of his life. Bernard even provided the suit Elvis was buried in. "I put him in his first suit and his last", he would say. Lanky's would later move to its current location at the Peabody Hotel, just a short walk from it's original location.

I had the honor of meeting Mr. B on many occasions, and would love talking to him and he would of course sell me clothes. He had the talent of selling you something when you only intended on looking. One visit to Memphis I called ahead and talked to his son Hal and had him hold their only pair of white leather shoes they had left, along with a belt. I showed up at the store the next morning as Bernard was just opening up. We couldn't find where Hal had left the shoes. Bernard said "Come with me!" He locked the store back up and away we went down the hall into their other store and into the back room to look for the allusive shoes. I remember along the way chatting with him, asking how he was and how he'd been feeling. He shot back "Fine! Don't I look good?!" He had a way with words. He had so many one liners he could make the most experienced comic jealous. The ones I remember are "just like a broken drum, it can't be beat!" and "it is what it is". I sometimes catch myself using them. We didn't find the shoes until he called Hal to see where he had put them.

One other time when we were at Lansky's on our Fan Club trip, the rest of our group went to close by Rendezvous for dinner. I was finish up my shopping spree, and someone from our group came to encourage me to hurry up because we had reservations. Mr. B quickly picked up the phone and called the restaurant manager and told him to hold on and that I was with him and said "I don't give a sh*t, he'll be there when he'll be there!" He was a very colorful character and everyone loved him for it.

I am so grateful of getting to meet him and know him a little. I sure will miss him. It was so cool to have the same man who helped Elvis pick out his clothes, do the same for me. We even named our Sheltie "Lansky" in honor of him. My prayers go out to his wife Joyce, son Hal, granddaughter Julie and the rest of the family. I have always worn my Lansky clothes with pride. Even more so now. Especially my white leather shoes.
- Brent Cooper

Wednesday
Oct032012

Looking Ahead

Hi Ya'll,

Lots of stuff coming up. I'm excited to return to Bearcreek Farms Nov. 3rd, with "The Forget You Never Elvis Fan Club" for another benefit concert. Last year I was part of the Elvis Tribute show that raised money for the Jay County flood victoms. This years concert will raise money for the American Cancer Society. This one is near and dear to my heart since I lost my Mother to cancer two years ago, and my dear MOTK Fan Club President Rose, is now battleing this desease. I know many of you have been affected by cancer in one way or another. I urge you to attend this concert for a great evening of entertainment, by three top Elvis Tribute Artists. Andrew Kern will perform the 50's era of Elvis, Curt Lechner will perform a tribute to Elvis' 1968 Comeback Special, and I will represent the 1970's Las Vegas era of Elvis' career. Please spread the word to your friends and family about this worthy event. Tickets are only $15.00 at door or you can get a deal by purchasing five or more tickets in advance for only $10.00 each by calling 765-348-0789.

Bearcreek Farms is offering $12.00 Buffet Meal Deal at the Bearcreek Farms Homestead Restaurant prior to the show, just for this event, but only if you make reservations through "The Forget You Never Elvis Fan Club". Call Rose 765-348-0789 or Donna 260-731-3765 for reservations.

As I mentioned above, our own Fan Club President Rose Gerardot if fighting cancer. She is very strong and determined to beat this. I'm asking you to join me in praying for Rose and her family daily. Because of what she is dealing with, we have suspended accepting new members to the fan club. Only current members in good standing, can renew their membership at this time. We also are putting our annual Fan Club Party on hold. If you are a current member, you will receive a private invitation, once we decied when to have it.

Christmas will be here before you know it. So, we are excited to return to Fort Wayne Turners for our annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 9th. This year's concert titled "Christmas Time In The City" is taken from the lyrics of the song "Silver Bells". We are preparing a concert to remember, so be sure to get your tickets for this event. Showtime is 3:00pm - 5:30pm, and tickets are only $10.00 each. Turners has great food and lunch will be available to purchase prior to the show. For tickets and more info call: 260-471-8876

I am really looking forward to our 2nd "Memories of The King-Cruise" May 12-19, 2013 on Carnival Valor. This may be our last "official" cruise, so don't miss this chance of a lifetime for a vacation of a lifetime. Ask anyone who went on our 2011 Cruise about their expierience. This time we are going to the Southern Caribbean. I will perform at a private reception just for you as well as a public performance for the entire ship. You will also receive an exclusive "Memories of The King-Cruise" T-shirt. But, you MUST book this thru Arlene Waters at Travel Leaders to get this deal. Visit our MOTK 2013 Cruise page for more info and call Arlene at 260-434-6615. She would be happy to answer any questions.

I encourge you to leave comments here on our website on the Fan Guestbook page. I would love to hear from you.

Take care and God bless,

Brent

Tuesday
Mar202012

SPRING IS HERE!!!

Hi Ya'll,
 
I hope this finds you well and enjoying this beautiful Spring!  I want to remind everyone of our big show in Van Wert, OH with Tim Hair on March 31st.  Tickets are still available.  Call 419-513-0334 to get your tickets!

 
Tickets for another big show are on sale now, and that is Foellinger Theatre on Aug. 25th.  Tickets are only $5 and can be purchased at the Fort Wayne Parks Dept. or by phone at 260-427-6000 or online at : www.fortwayneparks.org.
Speaking of Foellinger, Paster Russ Dual with Trinity Lutheran Church, who presents "Worship In The Park" on Summer Sunday mornings at the Foellinger Theatre has asked me to be part of their Worship Service at Foellinger on June 15th.  I would love to see you there.  Of course you are always welcome to Worship with me on any other Sunday morning at North Highlands Church of Christ.

 
We are now on TWITTER! You can follow us by going to: https://twitter.com/#!/BrentCooperMOTK or by searching for "BrentCooperMOTK".  But the easiest way is to  go to our home page of this website and click on the link to both FACEBOOK and TWITTER there.  Yes, we are also on FACEBOOK, if you didn't already know.  Some of you are my friends on Facebook, but did you know there is also a "Memories of The King" page on Facebook.  Go to this link to like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Memories-of-The-King/171509269683

 
That's it for now.  I hope to see you all in Van Wert, and be sure to check back here, Facebook and Twitter!
 
Thanks & God bless,

Brent

Tuesday
Dec272011

Happy 2012

I hope everyone had a great Christmas.  My family and I enjoyed the season celebrating the birth of Christ.  I'm looking forward to a new year in which we will celebrate our 15th year paying tribute to Elvis Presley and his music.  It's really hard to believe it's been that long.  Thanks to so many of you that have been here for most of the last fifteen years, making it all possible.  Below is our new 15th Anniversary logo, that you will be seeing a lot this next year.  Have a safe and Happy New Year and I hope to see you many times in the next year.

God Bless & Happy New Year,

Brent