THE IMP & JEFF BURTON
Elvis Impersonator assaults son of Legendary James Burton During IMPFEST!
First article January 12th 2011. Second article January 16th 2011
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attacked guitar player
The organiser of a Birmingham Elvis Presley convention has been charged with attacking the
son of the King’s guitarist in the city.

The Birmingham Mail reports how Jeff Burton, son of legendary Elvis guitarist, James Burton
suffered a broken nose and cheekbone following an alleged assault at the Hilton Metropole
hotel, near the NEC, early on Sunday.

Michael Cawthray (43), an Elvis IMP from North Wales known as "Michael King" was arrested
and charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The 43-year-old, from north Wales, is a director of the Elvis European Championships Ltd, the
event which was taking place at the hotel at the time.

He is due to appear before Solihull Magistrates’ Court later this month.

Both men were staying at the Metropole, where 80 Elvis IMPS had been vying to win the
championships to get to fly to Memphis for the EPE run "Ultimate Elvis IMP Contest".

A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said: “Police were called at 4.25am on January 9 to
reports of a man bleeding in the lobby area of the Hilton Metropole Hotel.
Attacked - Son of James Burton
who was assaulted.
“A 48-year-old man was taken to Heartlands Hospital with a broken cheekbone, a broken nose and cuts to his face. He remains in a stable condition at the
hospital.

“A 43-year-old man was arrested nearby on suspicion of assault and has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He has been bailed to
appear at Solihull Magistrates’ Court later this month.”

A spokesman for the Hilton hotel chain said: “The well-being, safety and security of our guests are of paramount importance to us and the hotel’s security
team immediately alerted the police and emergency services to the situation. “This matter is now in the hands of the police for further investigation.”

As well as performing with Elvis throughout the 1970's, Louisiana born James Burton also worked with other legends such as Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash,
John Denver, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ricky Nelson and Roy Orbison. He formed the James Burton Band in 2008 and has performed with his son Jeff, who sings
and plays the guitar.
IMP ATTACKED GUITAR PLAYER AFTER WIFE FOUND IN ROOM
AN ELVIS impersonator allegedly punched a famous rival after he discovered his wife in the other man’s hotel room. Michael Cawthray, 43, is said to have
struck out at the son of The King’s guitarist at an Elvis Presley convention in Birmingham last weekend.

Police called to the Metropole Hotel, which was hosting the annual Elvis Impersonator Championships, found Jeff Burton, 48, in the lobby with a broken nose
and cheekbone.

A short while earlier sources say Mr Cawthray, the event organiser, discovered his wife Sioned in Mr Burton’s hotel room. “It’s thought Mr Cawthray wrongly
thought Jeff had been flirting with his wife,’’ the source said. ‘‘He then walked into Jeff’s hotel room and saw his wife there, although there was absolutely
nothing going on. “He’s then said to have punched Jeff in a corridor.”

US citizen Mr Burton is the son of Elvis Presley’s former guitarist James Burton, who played with The King from 1969 until his death in 1977.

He had flown to Birmingham from America to attend the awards, where he delighted 1,000 fans by singing the famous track Moody Blue. He was taken to
hospital unconscious and Mr Cawthray, who plays in an Elvis tribute act, was later charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Mr Burton was
discharged from hospital on Tuesday and flew home immediately.

A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said: “Police were called at 4.25am on January 9 to reports of a man bleeding in the lobby area of the Hilton
Metropole Hotel.

“A 48 year-old man was taken to Heartlands Hospital with a broken cheekbone, a broken nose and cuts to his face.

“A 43 year-old man was arrested nearby on suspicion of assault and has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He has been bailed to
appear at Solihull Magistrates’ Court later this month.”

Eighty Elvis lookalikes sang The King’s songs at the championships, with visitors paying £90 per head to attend.