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THERE are few worlds as fascinating as that of an Elvis impersonator.
Since his death in 1977, the King of Rock and Roll has become imprinted on popular culture.
But the world of Elvis impersonators? Well, most of that crowd, complete with their mutton chops, jewels, pompadours and extra pounds, are hardly helping to keep the memory of a sexy Elvis alive.
Enter performers Scott Baker and Mark Anthony, who are dedicated to their craft and have utmost respect for Elvis Presley.
They have carved out their own sincere niche away from the gaudy impersonators.
Besides, these guys aren't impersonators anyway, they're 'Elvis Tribute Artists', thank you very much.
“Mark and I try to distinguish ourselves from the guys who dress up in really bad, home-made jumpsuits, and make a mockery of Elvis,” Scott Baker told Pulse.
“People don't want to see those guys. Tribute artists such as Mark and I are fans of Elvis, and want to do our best to portray him in his best light, for his fans.”
And Baker knows what he's talking about. He and Anthony, both Australians, are two of the top 10 Elvis artists in the world.
In 2007 and 2008, the twosome competed at the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist World Championships heats, on the Gold Coast, taking out first and second place respectively.
“It's funny when you compete in these competitions, you hear all the guys telling the same old jokes Elvis,” Baker laughed.
So what contributes to the authenticity of their Elvis performances? “Practice helps!” Baker said.
“Watching footage of Elvis performing, and trying to get the moves and the personality down.”
A true love of the music clearly helps too.
“Elvis's music means to me 'musical freedom',” Anthony said.
“Every time I perform, I find it has the ability to put me in a good mood, no matter what the circumstances.”
The duo are joining forces to create a dramatic stage performance called Elvis Evolution, which blends two eras of Elvis' music; with Baker portraying the early 'rockabilly' years, and Anthony the later 'concert' years, from the late 1960s through to the 1970s.
Although Presley has been dead for more than 32 years, the entertainer and his music remains as popular as ever.
How do the performers explain this phenomenon?
“The combination of his vocal ability, good looks and sex appeal made Elvis one of only a handful of artists who have ever truly deserved the tag of 'idol',” Anthony said.
And, like the real Elvis, the tribute artists receive plenty of attention from fawning female fans.