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Elvis fan treated to trip of a lifetime

PUBLISHED: 09:00 11 September 2009 | UPDATED: 08:30 01 August 2010

A HUGE Elvis Presley fan is still all shook up following the trip of a lifetime to meet one of the 'King's' closest relatives.

Shirley Basey-Fisher, who lives in Alburgh, has just returned from the sort of holiday most Elvis followers can only dream of after rubbing shoulders with his cousin, the president of the worldwide fan club, and even a man who used to make the singer's suits.

A HUGE Elvis Presley fan is still all shook up following the trip of a lifetime to meet one of the 'King's' closest relatives.

Shirley Basey-Fisher, who lives in Alburgh, has just returned from the sort of holiday most Elvis followers can only dream of after rubbing shoulders with his cousin, the president of the worldwide fan club, and even a man who used to make the singer's suits.

Shirley, who is a singer-songwriter herself, decided to visit Elvis's homeland in Graceland, after she had written two songs dedicated to him.

She travelled with her friend from Ditchingham, who knows Jim Browder, an American writer who penned a book called The True Elvis History.

They met up with Jim, and after spending some time together looking at the Elvis hotspots he introduced them to Mackey Hargett, second cousin to Elvis.

They all spent the day together, and were taken back to Mackey's house where he took them for a ride in his sports car. He even treated them to a song, although he mostly stayed away from singing any Elvis numbers.

“Jim wouldn't let him sing Glory Glory Hallelujah,” said Shirley, 67. “He said 'it's for Elvis only Mackey!' But he was a wonderful singer.”

She added: “Mackey was a very lovely man. He had Elvis's nose. To touch his hand was nice- that's the nearest I'll ever get to Elvis!”

She also had the honour of meeting Will McDaniel, president of the Elvis Worldwide Fan Club, who is also friends with Jim, and they all enjoyed a meal at a café outside of Memphis.

She even met a salesman called Bernard Lansky, who had made suits for Elvis.

Shirley has been an Elvis fan for more than 50 years and has all of his records. On her trip she managed to visit Elvis's home Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, as well as his birthplace, the chapel where he worshipped, and even where he bought his first guitar, all in Tupelo, Mississippi.

She also gave Jim a copy of her song Rock On Elvis, Rock On, which he promised to give to a record producer he knows in Nashville, and has sent her other Elvis-inspired song, I Celebrate the Life of Elvis, to a producer in England. She hopes to get them both recorded professionally, but under her maiden name Shirley Woods.

“It was the trip of a lifetime,” she added. “I wouldn't have missed that for all the money in the world.”

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