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As Myanmar rights official, an Elvis impersonator sings different tune

As Myanmar rights official, an Elvis impersonator sings different tune

It was 1967 when U Win Mra, Burma's most successful Elvis impersonator, relinquished his dream of a singing career.

As a teenager, he had twice won nationwide contests for mimicking the king of rock 'n' roll. Three songs he recorded for the national broadcasting service became radio hits.

But in Burma, a socialist dictatorship that was steadily sliding into diplomatic isolation, Win Mra saw no future for himself onstage singing Western music.

Reluctantly, he says, he chose a more sensible career in the Foreign Ministry.

Nearly five decades later, the crooner still entertains visitors with renditions of "Don't Be Cruel" and "Love Me Tender,"...

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