Below is another article which appeared in the Jackson Citizen Patriot on February 23,2006
Maybe-son of Elvis has itch to sing songs again by Brad Flory
Jackson's leading almost-famous truck mechanic had a career in music before his mother ruined the fun.
Tim Farrell played guitar and sang in nightclubs in Tennessee and Minnesota from his teen years to age 25. He was in a garage band with tow sons of Carl "Blue Suede Shoes" Perkins, who lived six blocks from where Farrell grew up in Jackson, Tenn.
Great balls of fire, Farrell once opened a show for Jerry Lee Lewis.
Then his mom told the newspapers Farrell is the illegitimate son of Elvis Presley. It was news to him.
"When my mother came out with that thing (in 1978), at first it was really exciting and cool," Farrell said. His excitement did not last.
Curiosity seekers quickly made Farrell feel like a side show, not a musician. He told his mother to quit making a spectacle. "What I worked on with my music all those years didn't mean anything anymore," Farrell said. "It felt demeaning."
By 1980, Farrell was so fed up he gave up music. Gave it up, that is, until now. At age 50, he is ready to try a comeback.
"I just want to sing again," said Farrell, who lives in Horton and owns Farrell Fleet Service, 1305 Page Ave. in Jackson. "I don't want any compensation because I don't want to give people the wrong idea why I am coming back."
Since moving to Jackson, Mich., in 1989, Farrell kept the Elvis story mostly secret until recently.
Two years ago, after his mother died, Farrell began looking for evidence to prove or disprove her claim.
Through lawyers, a website and public appeals, Farrell has asked for a DNA test comparison to The King. The Presley people have ignored him. "I don't want to sue. I don't want money, and I don't want an inheritance," he said. "All I want is to know who I am."
"But I don't have a right to force anyone to give DNA."
Going public has made Farrell feel free to sing again. He is looking into doing free shows in Jackson and is willing to use his "little bit of notoriety" to help draw crowds to a charity benefit.
DNA technology makes him more comfortable appearing in public today, he said. "Back then there was nothing we could do to prove it," Farrell said. "Now I can tell the people what are doing to find out if it is true."
As a performer, Farrell favors old rock'n'roll, country music and gospel. He plays a few Elvis Presley songs but also covers Perkins, Johnny Cash and Hank Williams.
Does he sound like Elvis? You may be able to judge for yourself soon. "I've wanted to sing again ever since I quit," Farrell said. "I don't see the point of waiting anymore."
Twenty-five years between gigs is a long time. For Farrell, it is one price of life as the maybe-son of Elvis Presley.