Editor's note: This story was originally published in 2014, but Jerry's back, and the King lives forever. We updated dates and event information and tossed in photos from last year's epic show.
They call him the ringmaster, but Jerry Springer also mastered the King. He'll perform a set of Elvis' hits on Jan. 7, to celebrate Big E's b-day, at Big Al Mack's McKinney Avenue Tavern.
It's not an impersonation, per se -- likely no leather jumpsuit, cape, or scarf -- but the sound's uncanny. Big Al Mack, the MAT's eponymous owner, is best known as co-host of The Kidd Kraddick in the Morning Show on 106.1 KISS-FM. He said he first learned of Springer's surprising talent during a visit to the Kidd Kraddick studio about four years ago.
"I had no idea that Jerry sang Elvis songs," Mack said, via email. "While prepping for the interview, I discovered that he would occasionally sing Elvis songs at parties. So, we asked him to sing on our show, live on the air, and he did. And, he was awesome!"
Two years ago, around Elvis' birthday, Mack asked Springer to visit the MAT and perform a few songs as a karaoke tribute. Why? Because awesome. Check out the video from KiddTV to see for yourself.
Mack said he asked Springer back in 2014 in hopes of beginning an annual tradition, and Springer graciously obliged. He'll be at the MAT for the third year in a row Thursday, and the show's free.