myself in a different way."
He will perform Sunday night at the Starlight Bowl in Burbank along
with Frank Gorshin and Frank Sinatra impersonator Michael B. Levin.
Colley grew up in Los Angeles and was a pre-med student at USC in the
late 1970s and early '80s while working at Queen of The Valley Hospital
Emergency Room. But medicine wasn't his true passion, so he turned to
music, playing guitar in a variety of rock 'n' roll bands for 18 years.
Four years ago, a promoter remarked that he looked so much like Neil
Diamond he could be making three times as much with a tribute act. So
Colley put together a backup band and a 25-plus song list. "Hot August
Night! A Tribute to Neil Diamond" went public for the first time
producing a promotional concert in 1998 to a sold-out crowd of 500 at the
Ontario Convention Center.
A thrill for Colley was performing with the late Vince Charles at one
of his first shows. A longtime member of Diamond's band, the steel drum
player and percussionist sat in for half the show, Colley said.
Over the years, the act has appeared in Las Vegas, Reno, Oregon, and
throughout California at local fairs, clubs, concerts in the park and
Also finding success in the impersonating field is Michael B. Levin,
who has portrayed a tribute to Frank Sinatra for more than six years.
Sinatra's popularity, Levin said, stems from his unique singing style
-- his use of phrasing and his charisma.
"He recorded over six decades. I don't think there was anyone else who
did that. It was pretty amazing," he said.
Levin, who is also a stand-up comic/impressionist with more than 25
different singing voices, has performed as Old Blue Eyes in casinos and
clubs throughout the United States, including The MGM and Luxor in Las
Vegas. He is also the voice of Dino Spumoni for Nickelodeon's TV show
One of Levin's favorite mementos received from a fan is a $100
gambling chip that Sinatra had given the fan.
Most people remember Frank Gorshin as the original Riddler on the '60s
TV show "Batman."