Al Strada wrote at 2008-04-13 08:59:48
This is NOT Larry Blong this is Johnny Foster
Sonny West took this picture of Elvis & Johnny At the House on Hillcrest 1969 oct 10th.
Elvis called him Lil John see him on Dennis Roberts Page
RealElvisExpert wrote at 2009-01-17 20:55:43
No actually Larry Blong is a fake story that has been made up. The look a like at the gates is Dale "Eli" Culbertson. I do not believe the recordings are of Dale however. Unless poorly recorded Dale actually sounded much better than that.
Helm_Matt wrote at 2009-11-20 01:44:12
Actually the Picture was taken by Sandi Miller along with others.I have them all I was the one who found out who it wasn't with Elvis. As for Dale Culbertson weeeelll, maybe yes maybe no. But it was not any Larry Blong. 1954
I should know. wrote at 2010-04-11 22:12:34
So why Matt doe you say as far as Dale Culbertson maybe yes maybe no. It's definately Dale. Both pics.
Helm_matt wrote at 2010-08-07 01:56:33
The reason I said that was because it was an educated guess on my part . Sandi Miller told me she could only remeber the name Dale but not the last name. I researched impersonators and came up with Culbertson and went withit to trap the Blong people and it worked. If it in fact is Culbertson I just got lucky is all. Today I still question if it is or isn't. Now, Cotner is supposedly suppose to be Dale Culbertson but I don't think so. Just more games by Tony is all that is. Seems you can now find a clip on you tube of the real Dale Culbertson from the 70's. You should check it out if you haven't already.
WildHorseStudios1421 wrote at 2010-08-27 17:23:44
That would certainly explain why originally Sandi said she had no idea who it was but then not longer after said it was Dale Culbertson. I saw the video on youtube and it was shortly taken down. I even spoke to Dale but he did not answer wether it was him at the gates or not. How do you know him.
wildhorsestudios1421 wrote at 2010-09-23 22:15:32
Matt, you say you have all the pictures taken at the gate that day. Any chance I can see them? This is reported to have been 1969, is that correct. I see where you've written a book about Elvis is alive, no? But it's really much more than Tony playing tricks again on youtube.
I'd love to see the rest of those pictures.
Larry Blong wrote at 2010-09-27 17:59:53
This is Larry Blong, not a fake story, a real person who performed as "Double EL" from 1973 to 1986 as an Elvis impersonator. I did the first Elvis Convention in Memphis in 1976 where George Klein told me, "Larry, Elvis wouldn't want to see you perform, it would be too scary". GK also called Dick Clark from his WHBQ studios on my behalf. Bill Burk of the Press-Scimitar wrote a nice article called "He is Double EL, A Near Duplicate". GK stated in the article that I must study Elvis' moves 12 hours a day. GK can be reached at the Horseshoe Casino to verify. I was at the Gate very often and Elvis knew who I was and what I did. Some idiots copied my name and started a site posing as me, Larry Blong, but it was not me. I would NEVER say a disparaging thing about Elvis. Elvis' cousin, Harold Lloyd once said about me, "I have been on this gate for 20 years and I have never seen anyone like this boy, the way he is about Elvis." To read my Elvis stories, fact and fiction, and for pics of Double EL email me at
Helm_matt wrote at 2011-04-28 07:09:34
Lets clarify something once and for all. That pic was not taken at Hillcrest October 10th 1969. Elvis was in Hawaii on that date and its documented. He returned from Hawaii on the 12th. Also don't believe anything that has the name Johnny Foster attached to it OR anything on his webpages or that are alledgedly his webpages whatever the case may be.
Ron Fischer wrote at 2012-06-10 16:15:48
I knew Dale very well, I discovered him singing in a backyard in Covina, and went on to mentor him for years after that, but haven't talked with him for quite a while, Would like to hear from him if he's around...
Robbie wrote at 2013-05-29 13:44:37
I was Eli's guitarist when he was in London,England in 1973/74 He lived in my house there but the management was screwed up and I went to to do other things,but we did work on the Bill Haley tour and big gigs in London.Does anyone know where he is or any information.
InMemphis wrote at 2013-07-15 21:42:19
Bill Haney is still in the Blytheville AR area. You can find some clips of him on YouTube. Best Elvis impersonator I ever saw back in the day before everyone was an Elvis impersonator.
Johnny Elvis Foster wrote at 2014-01-24 02:06:52
number one I don't know who this Helm_matt is talking trash about me , I was a friend of Elvis' and I know everyone around him at the time , but that was me at the gate with Elvis ,
Carol Richards & Karatepat who did karate with Elvis was there that day,I don't remember if Sandy Miller was even there that day .
Johnny Elvis Foster