From Memphis to Liverpool   3rd February 2024

We  would like to thank everyone who came along to The Cavern on Sunday 28th January to celebrate the music of Liverpool's own Billy Fury. Billy passed away 41 years ago t but with 220 fans in that room it really was like he’s never been gone. The love for Billy just shone like the sun all afternoon. Jeff’ Martin’ John’ Paul and I are overwhelmed. Thank you all so much for being there and to see so many friends and family was amazing. For all those that couldn't make it we hope you can join us next year as we are happy to say we have been rebooked to play The Cavern on Sunday 26th January 2025.  SEE LINK BELOW

The Show Was Filmed and Recorded and will be released asap. In the meantime lookout for a few teasers on YouTube  [Checkout the video on the right] 

More news very soon - Watch This Space x

Here is the link to book Tickets: 

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LOVE 'N' FURY   16th January 2024

Once again our Billy Fury Tribute at the world famous Cavern in Liverpool this month has Sold Out. We played it for the first time last year for the 40th anniversary of his passing and it sold out instantly. It was such a success that they asked us to do it again and within weeks sold out again. Billy Never played the cavern so it's nice to be able to bring his music to the heart of the city. I'm sure we will be returning next January and I will post details here asap. If you could not get a ticket and you feel you are missing out'  why not book a place at our upcoming Fury weekend in Blackpool or if you prefer Liverpool then we have another full weekend dedicated to Billy at The Liner Hotel, right next door to The Empire Theatre where Billy played several times' also next door to Lime Street Train Station' so if you don't want to drive you can catch the train straight to the hotel. 

HAPPY HOLLADAYS  15th January 2024

Last week in Memphis it was great to meetup again with Mary and Ginger - The Holladay Sisters. I worked with them a few years back for Elvis Week at Hemsby.  I have added a page all about my involvement and friendship with the girls and of course their involvement with Elvis. please check it out.

HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS  14th January 2024

While in Memphis at Graceland' I got to do something that many fans are unable to do. I was invited to walk through the Jungle Room [The Den] into the lounge and walk right through to The Music Room where I had my photo taken. As you can imagine I was asked not to take photos but an official  EPE [Graceland] Photographer would be on hand to take some pics. Here is one [Left]of the photos that was taken on the morning of Saturday 6th January 2024. This was at 7am and you can see I had to put plastic wrappings on my shoes to protect the carpet. It really was such a thrill seeing the side of the house that I had never seen before. I remember thinking once I was in the music room by the piano that it looked smaller than I imagined and I was walking as slow as I could to try and take everything in. It all seems very distant now but something that will always stay with me. I wanted to share it here first before posting on social media.

FOLLOW THAT DREAM  12th January 2024

Upon returning from Memphis today I received the awful news that our dear friend and acclaimed author Trevor Simpson had passed away just a few hours earlier. . I first met Trevor ten years ago at an Elvis event. You know that feeling when you meet someone and you feel that you have known them all your life. It was also the start of a great working relationship too. We worked together on many great Elvis events the last being September 30th last year in conjunction with the radio station he worked for’ Calderdale Radio. Yes he was a great DJ too and his knowledge of music, not just Elvis was second to none. His weekly radio show was listened to by people all over the world. Always an interesting programme and again brought many listeners and fans together. Of course knowing Trevor, Elvis would always feature in some way. 

Trevor introduced me through his programme to Tamar Springer , daughter of famous songwriter Philip Springer. Tamar was working on a documentary about her father and we met in Memphis through Trevor, where she interviewed me for the documentary. Filmed several appearances and featured myself and The Persuaders in the American Doc’ all thanks to Trevor. 

Trevor was a huge football fan and became a fine and well respected referee, at one point even showing the great Paul (Gazza) Gascoigne off the pitch. Trevor met and knew many celebrities throughout his life but  will be best known in the Elvis world for his books for the FTD [Follow That Dream] label and Elvis Presley Enterprises. He wrote several books and every one a best seller. The best of British series’ His Songs of Praise series and much much more. Each one delivered with great knowledge as you would expect, bringing us some fantastic info regarding Elvis and his life and music never known before. Every time I visited Memphis I would go into the stores at Graceland and take photos of his books and send them to him. He was thrilled. I’d say look pal only 15 left. Only 4 here mate. Last week I did the same, only this time they were all gone. My heart kinda skipped by knowing how poorly Trevor was but at the same time thinking well pal you even sell-out at Graceland too. 

I last spoke with Trevor on Jan 2 the day before I left and said I would get round to see him on my immediate return, also I would write his name on the Graceland wall and send him the pics. He was thrilled. I called him while I was away and spoke with Denise who informed me he had deteriorated and was sleeping. I sent her the pics and she thanked me and said they will cheer him up. I have  spoken with Denise and he loved them. Trevor also wrote for several Elvis magazines. His articles in the Essential Elvis magazine really were Essential reading. He continued writing for many great publications all over the world and more recently the flaming star fan club mag for his friend and Elvis book writer Pal Granlund. Trevor had the most amazing collection of Elvis demos and often played me some great Elvis songs by other artistes whenever I would visit him and Denise. 

Trevor recently compiled a collection of demos recorded by PJ Proby and released them on an album on Bear Family Records. We were sat together talking and said the only problem was he couldn’t think of a title for the album. I suggested PJ Proby Presley Style ? He loved it and put it to Jim Proby. He loved it too.  We are awaiting news on another release from Bear Family Records that Trevor was thrilled to be working on. Trevor and Denise also introduced us to Freddie and The Dreamers original Guitarist’ The late Derek Quinn and his lovely wife Jackie. We met at a Gospel show Trevor had booked me for in his hometown of Ripponden and as they say the rest is history. 

As mentioned Trevor was a great DJ and often joined our mutual friend John Kavanagh on his Elvis Memories Radio show. With his vast knowledge of Everything Elvis’ every show was a joy to listen to creating special memories for us all. Trevor was also a big part of the Elvis Event Blackpool Rocks with our good buddy Phil Shakespeare , again presenting a unique show on Elvis connections. Even up until recently Trevor was working on Blackpool Rocks 2024.  So impressed with last year, Trevor was going to be invited to Elvis Week at Hemsby to continue to spread the word of his vast Elvis knowledge. Trevor was one of the strongest men I ever met and I have to say having spoken with Denise she too is a strong person and knows how much Trevor is loved and Like Elvis touched so many lives. 

Jeff' Martin' Paul' John' Sarahlea and I send our sincere heartfelt love and condolences to Denise, their Daughters Kathryn and Heather and all the family and everyone who knew and loved Trevor. Rest in Peace dear friend. You will live on through your family and friends not forgetting your many fans who loved and respected you as a great person. Your legacy will continue to TCB. Until we meet again God Bless You, We are all better off by you following your dream. RIP DEAR FRIEND. xxxx 


HAPPY NEW YEAR 1st January 2024

Colin, Jeff,  Martin, John and Paul would like to wish you and your families a very Happy 2024 xxxxx

THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT 20th December 2023

Hi' The Christmas Spirit was definitely in the building last week when it was time to perform my 'WONDERFUL WORLD OF CHRISTMAS SHOW' at St Martins Church in Sale Manchester UK. I'm very pleased to say as always it was SOLD OUT and such a great night of Elvis Christmas and Gospel Songs and a few festive hits by others. Well if you missed it or were there and want to relive it all again' well you can right here. CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO WATCH IT. Next years show will be held once again at St Martins Church on the 12th December.      COLIN PAUL'S CHRISTMAS SHOW  

Also checkout my brand new Christmas song... CHRISTMAS MAGIC. Written by Geoff Taggart and Toni West. There is a great fun video that goes with it and it will take you straight back to your childhood. Its been a big hit these past few weeks with lots of plays on the Radio world wide and at many Rock n Roll events up and down the UK.  IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS....ENJOY.         CHRISTMAS MAGIC - COLIN PAUL 

HOME FOR CHRISTMAS 18th December 2023

Hello everyone and hope your all ready for Christmas by now. It's certainly been a hectic few months and I'm now chilling with the family on my Christmas break. update on Jeff. He would like to thank you all for your kind words during the tough time he has had with his health these past few months, Although not back to feeling 100% just yet he is certainly feeling much better and appreciates you all reaching out and wishing him well. As previously mentioned Jeff has been getting out and about with his partner Karen and has turned up at several gigs recently.  He said it has done him the world of good and cant wait to get back playing again. We have missed you Jeff and cant wait either.

The Persuaders Next Gig is at Hampton Road Caravan Park in Blackpool on Friday 26th January followed by our SOLD OUT Show at The Cavern on Sunday 28th January. SEE EVENTS PAGE FOR ALL GIG UPDATES AND DETAILS. 

I have had some great gigs also these past few weeks namely our Billy Fury wkd in Blackpool and BTH School for It's Only Rock 'n' Roll Club' Both with The Persuaders. Also my Solo Gigs at The Kings Ransom in Sale [3 MORE GIGS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO NEXT YEARS EVENTS PAGE AT THE RANSOM] It's a great atmosphere and the food is amazing. Also some great Christmas gigs at The Festival Inn' Nottingham'' The Savoy Hotel' Skegness and last night Sunday 17th in Kettering at The Rockin' Lounge with Top Rock 'n' Roll Band Rockin' em. We played a two set Elvis Rock 'n' Roll show and it was FAB. Plans are in place to do this again, so more Details when we have them. Rockin' em are a great family band and it's an absolute pleasure to work with them. 

SEASON'S GREETINGS  14th December 2023

Hello and I guess by now your all feeling the spirit of Christmas. We have Had a great run of gigs recently and a lot of them sold out too. Unfortunately our Lead Guitarist Jeff took ill and has had to take several months out of the band. The good news is he is on the mend and hopes to be back with us at the end of January. Jeff Thanks everyone who sent him get well messages and calls. They did him the world of good and is very much appreciated. Our ex guitarist Jeff Morgan kindly stepped in and helped us out and was an absolute God send' especially on our Billy Fury weekend. Speaking of Billy Fury....Bookings are now open for our weekends in March and July [See The Billy Fury Blackpool Weekend and Yesterday Once More Pages for details]

I would personally like to thank the many friends who have supported me either solo or with the band this year. it's never taken for granted and we love you all. Our Gig Guide is fully up to date and is almost full. 

Coming Soon a Special Announcement regarding Colin Paul and The Persuaders and 2025. 

On behalf of myself Colin Paul' Jeff Weston' Martin Davies' John Wallwork' Paul Wilkinson and Jeff Morgan We would like to wish you and your Families MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A VERY HAPPY HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS 2024 xxxxxx

Double Trouble  22nd October 2023

Our apologies for the delay in catching up. It's been such a busy time since returning from The States then straight back to work with The Persuaders at The Twinwood festival in Bedfordshire as previously mentioned, Then we headed off to Skegness for the Skeggy Rock n Roll Society in their new home. We shared the stage for the evening with Rock Back The Clock and again it was a great gig. We look forward to returning in April next year. See gig guide and poster on The Persuaders page. Colin and The Persuaders have been booked to play hotels in Torquay and Bournemouth next year. Again See gig guide and Persuaders page for details and posters.

Colin Recently returned from Randers in Denmark where he appeared at an Elvis weekend with a difference. The Memphis mansion is a replica of Graceland and is such an mazing place. first off as you walk through the doors' to the right, it's an American Diner. To the left its the best Elvis gift shop your ever gonna see. The basement is a huge Elvis museum and the biggest outside of Graceland itself. the top floor is a concert room/Restaurant/Bar where Colin performed two shows in the company of many Elvis fans and associates/friends of Elvis....Sam Thompson [Bodyguard] Charles Stone [Col' Parkers right hand man and tour manager. Judy Palmer [Friend and author] and Keith and Marsha Alverson [Photographers and Authors of 2 Elvis books] The Mansion is owned by Colin's good friend and world renowned Elvis Fan Henrik Knudson. It's a huge place and also has a replica of the house Elvis was born in plus a Johnny Cash Museum. The good news is Colin has been asked to return next year and perform and impromptu show with Elvis' Keyboard player and friend Glen D Hardin. Colin said He cant wait. This is gonne be special. Colin said Wanna come with me ? Then checkout the 2024 gig guide and look out for promo poster very soon. From Denmark it was straight to The Puente Real Hotel' Playermar, Torremolinos, Spain to play at Yesterday Once more's 7 Nights to Rock Week followed by The Rockin' Sixties Week. Again Always a pleasure to share the stage with some great acts including a special show with Rockin'Em. Colin will be once again teaming up with this great band on Sunday 17th December at The Rockin' Lounge in Kettering. Show Starts at 4.30 See Poster for details. Our Billy Fury weekend at The Savoy in Blackpool this November is now SOLD OUT as is The Billy Fury Tribute Show at The Cavern on 28th January 2024. Bookings are now being taken for our March and July Fury weekends.

Letter to EPE - Elvis Presley Enterprises 28th August 2023

Below is a letter Colin Paul Wrote to EPE and has decided to make it Public here and on Facebook. The post on Facebook has had many comments supporting how Colin feels since a lot of changes have taken place at Graceland. Colin feels someone needs to make a stance and make it known how we the fans feel with all the changes and crazy prices being charged. He says....Changes need to made quickly before they drive everyone away and kill the golden goose so to speak, I am all for change and EPE also done a lot of good, But many fans are not happy and to subsidise a lot of price changes they have to step up to the mark and make it worthwhile. Please read on to understand what is going on here and hopefully support.

AN OPEN LETTER TO EPE. 

Dear EPE,

On reflection, after returning from Memphis, I’m thinking back to a couple of weeks ago when I posted a video about the changes at Graceland and the lack of atmosphere during Elvis week. Well it’s non more noticeable than it is right now. The Tent and that incredible feeling of excitement in the air. This is where friendships were made and families through Elvis were born. When EPE ended this along with the closure of the Plaza, it changed everything. I really felt it more so this year as I was sat in the new pavilion (tent) which is shoved right at the back, out of the way, and no publicity whatsoever. What I mean by this is when we were at the original tent, you could hear the music down the boulevard and fans walking along would hear the music and stop by, and forever be hooked. We were all able to visit the bars and the restaurants, as well as the many of the affordable gift shops, we would even go in there to cool down lol. Yeah it was hot and sticky but we didn’t care, the cool beers and the electric atmosphere took care of that. Now with the pavilion (tent) shoved at the back away from everything and everyone, it’s just not the same, and for some reason was really noticeable this year. I’ve known event organiser Danny McCorkle since 2001 along with his lovely wife Layna and event partners John and Laurie who work the hardest during Elvis Week and it really is appreciated by us all. Danny has the most amazing voice and has been in charge of The Tent Entertainment since 1990 for EPE

These days he doesn’t even get a mention on the schedule yet Danny is the one responsible for great friendships made back then. Just walking up the street in the direction of the music and discovering a world I knew nothing about was simply mind blowing.

Don’t get me wrong you ‘EPE’ have done a tremendous job with The New Elvis Presley’s Memphis Complex. The museums are fantastic and believe me you need a good two days to get round them all. (A 3 day pass would be a good idea too)The jumpsuit display just takes my breath away and the attention to detail is everything and absolutely fantastic in all the displays. The events and guests you invited for Elvis week were fabulous. Great to see Lee Majors and Linda Thompson, I would love to see Billy Smith and others close to Elvis as a guests too. But outside of the complex it’s a little less fan friendly and the lack of that old spirit is very noticeable and missed. I know nothing stays the same and everything changes with time. We have met and continue to meet the most amazing people and fans of Elvis in his home town of Memphis. At the moment there lots of fans and friends staying away because of the many changes or simply can’t afford it anymore and while the world is a crazy place I can understand why some of the changes have and continue to happen.

So what would I do?

For a start I would change the aeroplane store into Elvis Radio as it’s practically in the same place as it was before. The speakers would be once again on the outside, blasting out Elvis music onto EP boulevard, and again hangout with the great DJs that we never see anymore. I would add Picnic tables and sun shades to the left of the building over looking the splendour of Graceland. A couple of coffee/drink bars and a perhaps a diner. Now that would bring a little of it back as I know the fans used to love just sitting there talking and listening to Elvis while admiring the most famous house in the world. The second thing I would do is make sure that all the merchandise in the paid museum stores were also available in the free to enter stores if you know what I mean. Because believe me at the moment you are losing lots of money. For me personally I’m talking about the cd’s/dvd’s/Blu-ray’s/ FTD’s etc. I would also employ nice friendly staff who mean it when they say have a nice day and not the ones I encountered several times who obviously hate working there. Thirdly… Go visit The ABBA Show in London and see what they have done. That show is a winner and it’s as if ABBA were in the building and not a hologram in sight. A permanent show like that for Elvis in Memphis would certainly be a crowd puller and a winner every time. Fourthly…. The Guesthouse Hotel, I would make that fan friendly, where are all the Elvis pics etc? well there aren’t any. C’mon it’s the guesthouse at Graceland, Elvis can’t be there to welcome the fans personally so let his image do that for you, oh and bring your prices down. $500 a night during Elvis week. Really? Again the hotel is beautiful and amazing so make it inviting like Graceland is, except we can’t stay there lol. Outside the hotel and Graceland I would repair/replace the side walks. They are a disgrace and a danger to people. Many disabled fans are unable to make the short trip from the hotel or surrounding area to the graveside for morning walk up, even in a wheel chair or mobility scooter as they would simply fall down the many pot holes along the way, I would also clean up the gates and stop the graffiti on them as well as the historic landmark post. On vigil night don’t rush the fans off the property as was very obvious this year but I think that was down to the police wanting the road open. Oh How things have changed. Finally I would invest in the vast amount of unreleased Elvis footage out there for generations to come and we all know it exists, much of it in bootleg form. Cmon EPE you say you want to protect Elvis image then get working on a deal with the film companies and get it out there instead of deals with companies releasing Ducks etc with Elvis’s head on ? I do know EPE have a 10 year plan announced just this week so I wish them well and say let’s hope some of these are part of that plan. It would be great to have the tent in a more accessible location and the gift shops back on the boulevard where they belong as I truly believe it’s where the magic happens. Sincerely Colin Paul.

Ps I look forward to returning in January.