The Atlanta Constitution from Atlanta, Georgia on May 27, 1979 · 40
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12-8 g ftnta ?gnmnl ind CQNSTnTTIQN SUNDAY, MAY 27, 1979 i " ' y . ' . f : 1 .' !,f!fii ft f I 1 ' J SlaN Ptwto-Nincy Mantufico Author Gail Brewer-Giorgio' s fiction about a singer apparently has become fact 'Orion,' Boole's Fictional Elvis, Appears After Cobb County Woman Creates Him By HYDE POST . .. V Journal Stiff Wriltr It's fairly common for a fictional character to be "brought to life" by movies or television, but a Cobb County woman's - first novel has provided a new twist: a real singer has traded in his own name for the identity of a character in the book. Gail Brewer-Giorgio, suburban mother of three children, wrote a book called "Orion" about a singer of the same name. When she wrote the book, no singer named Orion existed. Now one does. "The first time he called was March 18," Mrs. Giorgio said The voice on the telephone announced that he was Orion and that he was alive. Later on, she said, he sent her a gold wristwatch and ring, both studded with diamonds. . Mrs. Giorgio patterned her protagonist after Elvis Presley, but at the end of her book Orion does not die. Insteadhe , fakes hiS own death and goes to Hawaii to escape the straiK gling isolation his fame has brought him. s&t;?;'?; The flesh-and-blood Orion who called Mrs. Giorgio has put out a record. Bob Mitchell, who operates country music station.; ; KCKC in San Bernadino, Calif., has heard it. The voice bears "an uncanny resemblance" to Elvis Presley's, he said, y The record was produced by Shelby Singleton's Sun Records in Nashville, Tenn. Sun was Presley's label in his early i days. Singleton disagreed with a suggestion that he was playing ' : the Elvis sound-alike mystery to the hilt "It's not a mystery," he said. "It's a mystique." Singleton said folks will get a chance to see Orion perform ; live In the near future, but he will be wearing a mask and gloves. He doesn't want to leave any fingerprints. Several record industry officials suggested Thursday the singer Orion was really an Elvis imitator known as Jimmy Ellis. Mrs. Giorgio, who lives in a quiet suburban neighborhood in east Cobb County, insisted she does not know the original identity of the man who has taken on the name of her storybook character. "I didn't have any proof Elvis was still alive when I wrote the book, and I don't now," she said. "But there is someone now called Orion." She also noted, "Many famous people have faked their own deaths." ' Will the promotion succeed? A spokesman at WBIE, a country station in Marietta, re-, ported receiving an unusually large number of calls after play-.' Jng the Orion record this week. . j ;' KCKC's Mitchell said the song got an "exceptionally good" score when it was played recently on his station's "Rate A y Record" program. Whether that will translate into record sales, Mitchell did not know. "For the time being, it's an interesting conversation piece," he saiiy - He added, though, that he did have some concern about the promotion. While there is apparently a small army of Presley loyalists out there who believe, or would like to, that Elvis is still alive, Mitchell said he was worried that there could be "a negative backlash" from other Presley fans who may believe their affection for Elvis is being unfairly exploited. But so far, he said, that has not happened. . The one-millionth classified ad of 1979 was published in the Friday, May 25, issues of The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution. This was 12 days earlier than last year's record. 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