I WOULD HAVE HOPED THAT 2005 MENTIONED THERE WERE NOT ANY OTHER ELVIS IMPERSONATORS SO DUKE WAS NUMBER ONE, HE IS A JERK AND A LIAR, HE DISRESPECTS OTHER ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTISTS, DUE TO FACT HE STILL THINK HES THE BEST HES NOT, HE IS A HASBEEN AND DUKE NEEDS TO LIGHTEN UP, RESPECT OTHER PERFORMERS AND TAKE GIGS AS THEY COME, NOT TO TRY AND LIE HIS WAY INTO GIGS,AND TRY TO SOUND LIKE ELVIS,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
BEST ELVIS IMPERSONATOR - 2005
Lord almighty, we feel our temperature rising, especially when Mesa resident and diehard Elvis Presley fan Duke Hicks takes to the stage and unleashes his realistic reproduction of the legendary superstar. Having offered up his Elvis imitation act for more than two decades, this delivery man and part-time country musician is arguably one of the longest-lasting King clones in the Valley. He's been seen at a plethora of private parties, countless corporate functions, a regular gig at Philly's (a bar-restaurant in south Scottsdale), as well as at the Frontier Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, where Hicks says he nabbed "a rousing standing ovation" following his performance. (He's even set to star in an upcoming documentary on Elvis impersonators titled Heart of the King.) Aping what he calls "classic Elvis" (a.k.a. the skinnier, non-drug-addled version), Hicks dons a sequin-studded white jumpsuit and the King's trademark shades and croons his way through an eerily accurate rendition of Elvis' repertoire, which encompasses more than 50 songs -- from chartbusters like "Burning Love" to more subdued numbers like "You'll Never Walk Alone." Hicks admits he may have to let out his costume in the near future, as -- just like his hero -- he's developing "a little bit of a paunch." Just stay away from the pills, Duke.