Johnny Harra – ETA – Worlds First Elvis Tribute Artist – Portrayed Elvis in “This Is Elvis”

“Johnny Harra” – This Is Elvis

Johnny Harra was cast as the 42 year old “Elvis” in the 1981 docudrama “This Is Elvis”–Warner released the movie on dvd on August 10, 2007. Johnny was one of 5 actors to portray “Elvis” in the movie. The filming took place at Graceland and acting the death scene of Elvis.

Johnny Harra has been featured in many newspapers and magazines, and on national TV shows like Merv Griffin, Johnny Carson and Dick Clark. Johnny has traveled internationally performing his “Profiles of Presley” show.

Past Appearances:

August 16, 1977–Holiday Inn, Gigis’ Club, Dallas Fort Worth

August 29, 1977–Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas to a crowd of over 20,000

October 18, 1977–National Examiner, “The closest facsimile they could get to their rock idol, Elvis Presley ”

March 21, 1978–The Star, “This one’s daughter is a look-a-like too.” Johnny Harra is not just another Presley impersonator–his looks, life and family bear a stunning resemblance to the late rock superstar.

1979–Merv Griffin Show

July 1979–The Hot Times, Elvis’ Lookalike: Johnny Harra

July 25, 1980–Las Vegas Mirror Spotlight, “Elvis is gone and yet lives.” “There are several individuals who keep The King’s memory alive, his voice, his moves, his songs and on top is Johnny Harra!

March 10, 1981–Dallas Morning News, “Elvis Clone Has Double” Frisco, Texas–Elvis looks so much like his idol that people constantly stare at him in amazement and wonder “Can that be Elvis”

February 25, 1982–Red Bird Mall, Concert, an estimated 200,000 customers visited the Mall during the 3 day event which generated in excess of $73,000.00 in free publicity in Dallas.

April, 1978-1981–Silver Bird Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada–along with Bobby Morris (Elvis’s conductor)

February 23, 1983–Dick Clark Productions

April 24, 1984-1985–Villa Club, Lubbock Texas – Elvis Impersonator makes hits in city with “King” profiles.

2001-2003–Red River Club, Dallas, Texas

  • August 16, 2007 Hailed as “The Best Elvis Impersonator There Ever Was”
  • Promoted as BEST “Elvis” impersonator by: Dick Clark, Burt Reynolds and the Jordanaires (Elvis’s back-up singers) for the purpose of “This Is Elvis” Movie.
  • Johnny Portrayed “Elvis” in the movie: “This Is Elvis”
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    While entertainers who did impersonations were popular in the late ’50s and early ’60s, few were putting on full-time Elvis Presley acts, as many do now. When Mr. Harra came to Dallas while in his 30s, he was poised to catch the crest of what would soon become a tidal wave of Elvis impersonators.
    He and his band had arrived in Dallas on Aug. 16, 1977, to do a stint of shows at Club Gigi in a Holiday Inn near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. That’s the day the world found out that Mr. Presley had died. And that’s the day Mr. Harra started taking care of a whole lot more business.

    Hailed as “The Best Elvis Impersonator There Ever Was” by the Dallas Morning News on August 16, 2007(Guide Live).

    Johnny Harra was the first of the national “Elvis” impersonators, and paved the road for the hundreds of other impersonators performing “Elvis” today.

    He’s been hailed as the forerunner of tribute artists around the world.


During a hiatus in the 70′s, before joining Martha Reeves, Jaisun toured Texas with Johnny Harra.  Harra has been hailed as the forerunner of tribute artists around the world. He is said to bear the closest resemblance, from head to toe, roots to personality, to Elvis himself. Vegas thought so, signed him to a three year, six million dollar contract, at the Silverbird Hotel & Casino in 1977. In 1981, he was selected to portray Elvis in the CBS movie “This Is Elvis”.
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16 Responses to Johnny Harra – ETA – Worlds First Elvis Tribute Artist – Portrayed Elvis in “This Is Elvis”

  1. Donna Sue Clouse says:

    So glad to see your website. Josh Deramus told me how to find you. The last time I saw you, you performed at GoodNews Fellowship. It was a great time. Hope you are doing well and would love to see you again. God Bless You

  2. charlie says:

    I HAVE TO SAY JOHNNY IS BY FAR THE BEST ETA THERE HAS EVER BEEN OR WILL EVER BE..THERES LOTS OF ETA’S OUT THERE THAT ARE GOOD.BUT IT TAKES MORE THAN SINGING SONGS AND SOUNDING OR LOOKING A LITTLE LIKE ELVIS TO BE THE KIND OF SPECIAL PERSON ELVIS WAS..JOHNNY HARRA IS THAT SPECIAL PERSON.HE IS A PERSON LIKE ELVIS WAS WHO CARES AND LOVES OTHERS LIKE ELVIS DID.I AM PROUD TO CALL HIM A FRIEND AND I KNOW IF ELVIS WAS HERE TODAY HE WOULD BE PROUD TO HAVE JOHNNY IMPERSONATING HIM..GODBLESS JOHNNY HARRA LIKE HE HAS US WITH HIM.

  3. mandt wright says:

    hello there stranger ive known u since i was 11 years old u and ur family lived next door to us on milton street in lewisville tx u used to take me to u r concerts oh how exicted i was riding in u r limo and u singing songs to me i remember u letting me try on u r costumes i hope u remember me yours truely mandy wright 325_267_1873 id love to hear from u

  4. Argelia Kruskie says:

    Hello. excellent job. I did not anticipate this. This is a remarkable story. Thanks!

  5. Sherry Gaddy says:

    FANTASTIC MOVIE & NOW I INTEND TO GET ME A DVD…THANKS!
    TODAY GUYS I FOUND OUT JOHNNY HARRA PASSED AWAY, SO TO ALL I GIVE MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY…WE LOVE YA, JOHNNY

  6. Wil Melcher says:

    This is wonderful Website! You honor Elvis greatly here and your love and respect for Johnny shows as well, keep it up, I will be sharing this with all my friends!

  7. betonmma says:

    http://www.iheartelvis.net is amazing, bookmarked!

  8. Susie B. Zanie says:

    Ive seen many Elvis sites but http://www.iheartelvis.net is best ever!

  9. Cyril Dickson says:

    There isnt anyone that can live up to Elvis’ image except Johnny. Johnny was really Elvis’ double. He had the natural looks like Elvis, Man, I really thought he was Elvis! In the movie “This Is Elvis” ,he sounded like him a lot.

  10. Lynn Rosen says:

    Well where was I, Ive never heard of this movie…….I will be checking it out for sure, I heard rumors on facebook that this Johnny Harra was Elvis. Makes sense I need to investigate this more, thank you

  11. Odilia Manuelito says:

    Johnny was absolutely the best ever! R.I.P Mr Harra

  12. Hugh Ellis says:

    I’ve always been a huge Elvis fan, & saw Elvis in concert 2 times, in 1976. I’ve seen Johnny Harra at least a dozen times, in the Dallas Tx area up until 1987. I do respect Johnny for all his efforts he put into his shows, he was great, not the best, but he was great, I’m just being honest. Even though Johnny had some similarities with “Elvis,” he was “Not Elvis”, okay? I could get into detail here, but I won’t, out of respect for Johnny.

  13. Hugh Ellis says:

    R.I.P. Johnny, you are missed by many.

  14. Sandi says:

    Hugh I knew Johnny personally, I could get into detail here as well, youre welcome to your opinion, but thats all it is.

  15. claudine says:

    Man did I love Elvis when I was little I use to think that I was Priscella bt nw iv growen up an I still find his songs over the top

  16. Louise Cranston says:

    Sandi if it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t have ever even known about Johnny, I’m still stunned at how much he looked and sounded like Elvis. Thank You for sharing all of this and I want to say I went to your Johnny website as well its just beautiful, You must make him proud. Good work Hun.

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