Looking for a truly unusual way to show your sweetheart how much you love them tender?
Perhaps a singing telegram from local Elvis tribute artist Jeff “King Shazaam” Collins is exactly what you need.
This Valentine’s Day, Collins will be making house calls delivering any of his repertoire of hundreds of classic tunes in a special “Valentine’s Signing Telegram” package designed special for the holiday.
For $75 — $60 with discount — locals can have Collins appear at their romantic destination of choice dressed as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin or a handful of other celebrities and serenade their loved one with a three-song set of requested tracks.
Myrtle Beach Music: Collins serenades a 94-year-old woman.“We take a small speaker system with us, you tell what songs you want and we arrange to come to you,” says Anne Collins, King Shazam’s trusty manager/wife. “Jeff will dress however you like — he has six elvis jumpsuits, an italian suit and a tuxedo — and sing the three songs and sign a picture dedicated to your loved one.”
While reservations have been slow to come in for this, the first time King Shazaam has offered such a package, Collins says she’s been receiving plenty of inquiries about it.
According to her, the pair got the idea when they were contacted by someone seeking a similar package last year.
“We actually had someone call from New York, whose parents had moved here from New York and wanted Jeff to sing for them for Valentine’s Day since she couldn’t be here,” she said. “When someone calls you out of the blue like that, how can you say no? So we invented this as a way to build on that.”
But lest folks think that King Shazaam is just out to make a quick buck singing “Burnin’ Love” 100 times, Anne says that the singing telegrams are just a fun way to continue building support for Elvis’ music, something she and her husband have been striving for locally.
As the founders of the local chapter of the Elvis Presley Fan Club, the Collinses have been putting together club meetings and musical events since last January.
“We’ve been doing it over a year now, and it’s been growing steadily ever since. We just filled up the Boathouse last month for Elvis’ birthday party,” she says.
Other upcoming club events include an Elvis Mardi Gras Party on Feb. 18 at Sharkey’s on Ocean Boulevard.
Myrtle Beach Music: Collins and his wife, Anne, at the North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade last year.“The Mardi Gras is going to be great. This particular Elvis has theater training, so he will do ‘Phantom of the Opera’ with not only the Elvis jumpsuit, but also a mask and music of the night. We just thought that seemed like a fun fit for Mardi Gras,” said Anne.
The next fan club meeting will be Feb. 21 at Barefoot Resort Bar & Grill. Each of the of the monthly meetings start at 7 p.m. and feature performances by King Shazaam as well as being open to any other tribute artists who would like to perform.
Anne attributes the growth of the club to the timeless quality of the music Presley made.
“Elvis and his music came from the heart and people still receive what he had when we sing it,” she says. “We love to call it the “Elvis effect” — The mood, the look, the happiness and all the smiles. He’s still making the memories.”