Artist of the day: Billy Lindsey
It gives us great pleasure to name singer-songwriter Billy Lindsey today's Artist of the Day. It takes us back to 2003, when we were covering East Hillsborough County and Sun City Center. Lindsey, arguably Tampa Bay's finest Elvis impersonator, had a weekly show at a diner called Pat's Place, in which he would get all sweaty and sexy, swiveling his hips for all the nice little old ladies, who loved every minute of it.
We wrote a story about it. Here it is. It includes this passage:
Then comes what can only be described as a lap dance. He swings one leg over the lap of every seated woman, crouching till he's almost seated, as friends howl and snap photos. Some women scream, some gaze into his eyes and sing along, and some, who can't help themselves, grab hold of his thighs.
The crowd eats it up. Especially the ladies, for whom Lindsey, 46, represents the ultimate hunka hunka burning love.
"We've had women grab his butt, unzip his jumpsuit," says Nancy Taber, the owner of Pat's Place. "These older women go crazy. Some things shock me."
Lindsey performs as Elvis -- and on his own, with just an acoustic guitar -- most weekends around Tampa Bay. On Friday, he'll be at Rick's on the River in Tampa. Free. Click here for details.
Photo: Skip O'Rourke, tbt*