Tribute Artists Tim Stamper and George Trullinger
George Trullinger: George is not only a great impersonator and musician, he has the audience cracking up with the comedy he throws into his act. He jokes about looking like a “geek” with his greasy, slicked-back hair, big horned-rim glasses, bow-tie, and white socks – but then really gets down to some serious rockin’ and rollin’ when he launches into well-known Holly favorites like “Not Fade Away,” and “That’ll Be The Day” – during which he has us all singing along.
George Trullinger always knew he wanted to be in the music business. A native Californian, George worked as a young man at Disneyland during the day and played in a band at night. The band was fun for George but he wanted a challenge and a challenge he received. He auditioned for the role of Paul McCartney in a Beatles tribute band. It was not long before George was portraying the legendary rocker on stage throughout the country. During this time, George affectionately calls this, “paying my dues.”
While on the road as Paul McCartney, George also traveled with a Buddy Holly impersonator. When the regular Holly impersonator got sick before the show, George was the only one available who fit the costume. From that night, George began to perfect the sound and costumes of Buddy Holly. After a few months of practicing, George heard that Legends In Concert was looking for a Buddy Holly look-alike/sound-alike. By then, he had mastered the sound perfectly and his striking resemblance to the rock and roll classic star made him a shoe in for the show. With his charisma and energy, George captivated every audience, young and old. When he yells out, “Do we have any rock and rollers out there?” Response is thunderous to his outstanding performance of songs like “Oh Boy,” “Peggy Sue” and “That’ll Be The Day.”
Tim Stamper: Tim, the son of Lon and Betty Jo, was born in 1962 in West Liberty, Kentucky. Tim’s career as a Blues Brother started in 1983 with lip sync shows such as “Puttin’ on the Hits”. Tim then assembled a band and began performing and singing live for audiences in the Ohio area and toured throughout the Midwest in a Blues Brothers show band called Jake and Elwood’s Blues Revue.
Tim has performed on cruise ships sailing to Mexico, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Grand Cayman and throughout the Caribbean plus a tour of Canada. Europe was one of his most favorite experiences performing in exotic places such as Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Brussels, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Lisbon, Morocco and also Saint Moritz, Switzerland. Tim has performed as a Blues Brother now for 23 years and still loves it with all his heart. He is often asked after a performance where he gets the energy to perform his stunts. He replies, “I get it from the audience.”