Dennis Wise is the ultimate Elvis Presley fan. His admiration for
Elvis has spanned over forty years. It's only fitting that he would
choose a career that pays tribute to the King of Rock and Roll. Dennis
Wise is the ultimate fan and the ultimate Elvis performer, with more
than 10,000 shows honoring the king.
His mother introduced Joplin, Missouri native Dennis Wise to the music
of Elvis Presley. From as early as five years old, Dennis can remember
listening to the recordings of Elvis on the family phonograph. Dennis's
favorite song was "Heartbreak Hotel", and to his father's chagrin, he
would play the song much too loudly and much too often. This tribute to
Elvis was only the beginning.
Dennis began his professional tribute to Elvis in 1978, a year after the
king's untimely death at the age of 42. His brother had arranged an
audition for Wise as an Elvis Presley impersonator. Halfway through the
first song, he got the job.
Dennis's television credits include appearances on "Good Morning
America," "Today," "Oprah Winfrey," "The Mike Douglas Show," "48 Hours",
"PM Magazine," "Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon" and "American
Dennis Wise has the honor of performing over 10,000 shows. This
international record is an honor shared only by Las Vegas entertainers
Siegfried & Roy, and Wayne Newton. Other honors bestowed upon Wise
include being named by Dick Clark as one of the three best Elvis
impersonators; a cover of TV Guide magazine; and presentation of keys
from the cities of Augusta, Georgia and New Orleans, Louisiana.
Each show is an electric, high-energy performance backed by a full
ensemble. Dennis expertly recreates Elvis's movements, phrasings, and
mannerisms. The requisite jumpsuits and jewelry are there too. During
his performance, Wise imparts trivia about Elvis's music, as well as
covering all phases of Presley's recording career, including rock `n'
roll, gospel, pop, and country. With more than 600 Presley tunes in his
repertoire, Dennis can answer most any request.
"We're not here to try to take his place. We just want to bring back
some memories. We're dealing with a man who can never be replaced. He
appealed to everybody. He was so popular because he was kind and down
to earth and that separates a lot of entertainers", states Dennis.
You can see Dennis Wise on Friday, August 16 and Saturday, August 17 at
7:30 pm. in Roxy's at the Fiesta Rancho located at 2400 N. Rancho
Drive. For more information, please call (702) 631-7000.
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