From the "Too Fun Not to Mention" File

Monday, September 28, 2009

Asked about his approaching First Annual Eastern Shore gathering, state Senator Ralph Northam (D-7th) would cock his head, a gleam in his eye, and tell you first, in an almost whispered, reverent tone, "You know Black Elvis will be there!" If more distinctive than Eastern Shore fare and camaraderie, this had to be a treat.

All that attended, and there were many from all over his geographically challenged district, were treated to the group's stylings in addition to the steamed clams, oysters, fried chicken, barbeque, fixens, and beverages. The five hour event was attended by a long list of electeds of various political persuasions who came to the Northam family homestead a couple of miles from central Onancock and Mallard's at the Wharf, where Northam kicked off his successful first run for the Virginia Senate flanked by local Delegate Lynnwood Lewis (D-100th-Eastern Shore/Norfolk) a little over two years ago. Last Friday, they came from Mathews County, Newport News, Norfolk, and regions beyond the district. Among them was state Senator John Miller (D-1st) and many others.

Black Elvis, nee Clarence Giddens, was born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. He grew up singing gospel music in a little country church that his mother loved. The group is eclectic and reflects his musical influences including James Brown, Roy C., and Elvis Presley. He has appeared on an a number of shows including "The Arsenio Hall Show", "Inside Edition", "Hard Copy", "Entertainment Tonight", "Geraldo Show", and "Howard Stern". He has sung with many other famous artists including Al Greene, Solomon Burke, and Jimmy Buffett. You should remember him from the movie "Honeymoon in Vegas," starring, James Caan, Nicholas Cage, and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Can't wait until next year to continue this tradition.

Cross posted at VBDems