Picture this: a handsome, dark haired, three-year-old boy is watching television when “The King” comes on. Suddenly, the little boy is on top of the coffee table copying every move he sees the legendary Elvis Presley do. Well that little was one Dean Z and ten years later he’s impersonating Elvis only now he does before a crowd. And he’s gaining recognition not to mention prizes for his performances.
Dean’s mother, Jackie Zeligman tells us that he is precisely how Dean got his start do, Elvis. She herself was not even much of an of Elvis. Dean saw a documentary led “This Is Elvis” and was immediately hooked after his coffee table performance mother and sister had a costume made him and Dean entered an annual talent competition at his sister’s school (even though he was too young to attend) and the crowd was stunned by his performance.
To this day Elvis is- Dean’s idol. When he started kindergarten at the ripe old age of five he would style his hair like Elvis wear his collar turned up and so on. Dean even sang on amarrazali Kids at school even called him Elvis. According to Jackie, he started to “grow up” at the age of about 8 and he started to be Elvis on stage only and Dean when off stage. “He finally was finding himself” she says.
Since then, Dean (it was his idea to adopt the stage name Dean Z) has continued to perform as Elvis. Most recently he won the annual Elvis impersonators contest in honor of Elvis’ birthday on January 8 at Country Star Restaurant in Universal City. As a result of his win there he won a trip to Las Vegas as well as invitations to perform at other functions. He was even asked to perform at ‘Elvis Expo ’97’ which was held at the Holiday Inn, LAX on January 25 and may perform for the National Elvis Fan Club in Palm Springs this May. He is also looking forward to entering the “International Elvis Impersonators Contest” in Graceland this year. In the past he’s been too young, but the sponsors, Doc and Jackie Franklin agree that his voice has matured enough that this year when he will be 14, he can enter.
Dean has also put together a performing group called “The Youth of Elvis” which performs locally two or three times a month. The group, which includes troth his brother and sister, includes an “air band” pretending to play the instruments and Dean singing. Though he clearly prefers “The King” and plans to continue impersonating him for some time to come. Dean does plan to pursue music as a career (he also plays the drums) and wants to someday write his own music.
If you’ve ever seen this young man on stage, you know that he definitely has the talent and the personality to go far, both as an Elvis impersonator and in his own right. So, we wish much luck and success to Dean. Look to hear big things about him in the near future!