Tribune Web Desk
Chandigarh, June 18
An Elvis Festival is celebrated every year at the coastal town of Porthcawl in England. The festival last year welcomed 35,000 visitors, some flying in from all corners of the globe.
So, it was not surprising when a Sikh created his own career with an act featuring the Elvis Presley homage. Back in the 1980s, Peter Singh developed his love of rock ‘n’ roll.
Born as Narinder Singh in the Pakistani Punjab, his family had come to settle in Birmingham in England.
After seeing the film ‘Jailhouse Rock’ there as a child, he was instantly hooked onto rock ‘n’ roll.
Listening to the songs of Elvis helped him to master English, and his history of performance began after the family had moved to Swansea.
Later, like Elvis impersonators the world over, his act included the requisite sequined jump-suit. But Peter added his own personal touch to the suit. As a Sikh, he topped the famous outfit with a traditional turban.
He combined the songs with his culture and became a huge hit. Songs like: ‘Turbans Over Memphis’, ‘Bindi Bhaji Boogie’, and ‘Who’s Sari Now?’, and he sustained a career which lasted around 20 years.
His act proved so popular that he was much in demand in television and radio. He played at the Royal Albert Hall, toured Kenya, and even supported the likes of The Clash.
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