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Paying Tribute to “The King” During Elvis Week

To see more moments from the life of an Elvis tribute artist, follow @deanzaselvis on Instagram. To watch Elvis Week events as they unfold, explore the Graceland location page.

“I like to say that my job description is singing the greatest music ever created and making people happy in the process,” says Elvis tribute artist Dean Zeligman (@deanzaselvis), who makes his living performing as Elvis across the globe. This time last year, Dean beat out more than 500 other artists to take top honors at Graceland’s (@visitgraceland), Elvis Week competition.

There’s more to being an Elvis tribute artist than one might expect. “We must make the unnatural natural,” explains Dean. “His movements and mannerisms must be as natural to us as our own. I studied theatrical makeup to match his facial features, recreated all of his stage wear and even his casual clothes. Nothing is done half-heartedly.”

Tina Fey on The Second City

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Freddie talking about performing on stage during an interview in Munich, 1982.

That’s one of many reasons why I love all Queen performances. 

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Adam Selman sketch for the custom print and design he did for her Baku performance, October 6th 2012. Styled by Mel Ottenberg

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Adam Selman sketch for the custom print and design he did for her Baku performance, October 6th 2012. Styled by Mel Ottenberg

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