Olson's life seems so inevitable. The hair, the eyes,
the sneer, the stride, and the voice - "THAT VOICE".
It's obvious that he was born to play Elvis. Though Chris
his dreams of being a rock and roll star, he was somewhat
unfamiliar with Elvis Presley the American icon. Chris,
being just 10 years old at the time of Elvis' passing,
couldn't quite figure out what all the commotion was
about during the funeral; the radio and TV exposure, etc.
Chis Olson is from White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Born in 1967,
he always had a love for music. He was in a rock band with
some high school buddies. While courting his girlfriend Mary
Ann, she recalls Chris asking her "Is that all you listen
to, Elvis?". Mary Ann answered, "That's it. There's nothing
else to listen to!"
Ann, being a strong willed Elvis fan who has seen Elvis
Presley live three times, is now Chris'
wife and booking agent. It was Mary Ann who recognized
Chris' singing talent. As Mary Ann tells it, Chris was
singing along with the Elvis music she never turned off,
and sounding more like Elvis everyday. She new the potential
Chris had as the Elvis performer which Elvis fans had been
missing since his passing 16 years earlier, in 1977..
So, it's now 1993. Chris and Mary Ann are married. She gets
right to work fashioning Chris into the Kings image, though
this did take some convincing on Mary Ann's part. Chris was
hesitant on growing the large Elvis-like chops, and Mary
Ann remembers Chris saying, " An Elvis performer? I don't
know. Who will come to hear me sing? Much less, pay me
to sing like Elvis? Naah, I'll pass!" Time went on,
and Mary Ann was starting to give up on the idea of Chris
being an Elvis performer. Then, one day after she came home
from shopping, she heard the song Are You Lonesome Tonight.
As she entered the basement, Chris turned around with the
microphone in his hand. Mary Ann asked, "Is that you singing?"
Chris answered, "Yeah, it's me." She said, "I thought it
was an Elvis CD!". Immediately Mary Ann said, "That's
it! You're going to be an Elvis performer!". Mary Ann,
being the big Elvis fan that she is, new she had to share
this chilling talent with the public. Chris grumbled, "OK,
but do I have to grow those big chops?". Mary Ann answered,
was the start of he MEMORIES OF ELVIS SHOW, by Chris Olson.
"And if I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't change
a thing. It's been a thrilling ride. Thank you - ThankYouVeryMuch"