Noted NJ Elvis performer Ted Prior dies at 68

FILE - This Dec. 29, 2010 file photo shows Ted Prior, 67, dressed as Elvis Presley sings Presley songs at his home, in Galloway Township, N.J. Prior, who spent 50 years performing the music of Elvis Presley before adoring fans throughout southern New Jersey, has died, Sunday, May 15, 2011. He was 68. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, file)

May 15, 2011 1:27:01 PM PDT
Ted Prior, who spent 50 years performing the music of Elvis Presley before adoring fans throughout southern New Jersey, has died. He was 68.

Prior's manager, Neil Regina, said Prior died Sunday morning.

Prior had never missed a show before being diagnosed with cancer last fall. His streak of nearly 10,000 performances ended when he was forced to miss a New Year's Eve show.

His career path began at age 14, when at a party he picked up a cheap guitar he had no idea how to play and sang along to a record of "Stuck On You."

A friend yelled out, "Hey Ted, you sound just like Elvis!"

Prior soon began taking guitar lessons, grew out his hair and started learning every Elvis song he could.


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