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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.”

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Graceland

Want to see more photos? Check out pictures taken at Graceland here and here

White-columned mansions in the American south aren’t exactly rare, but one stands above the rest.

Elvis Presley purchased 3764 Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee — better known as Graceland — in 1957 after neighbors at his previous residence complained about the journalists and fans that were constantly camped outside of his house. He died in the estate 35 years ago tomorrow (August 16th) and his funeral was held at Graceland two days later. Approximately 80,000 people lined the processional route to Forest Hill Cemetery where Presley was buried next to his mother.

The house was opened to the public in 1982 and is one of the most-visited private homes in America with over 600,000 visitors a year, just behind the White House and the Biltmore Estate.