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Gwinnett resident portrays music icon

Mark Pitt’s wardrobe consists of 26 custom-made costumes by B&K Enterprises along with Gene Doucette, an original designer for Elvis himself.

That’s a lot of jewels and rhinestones and some pretty wide bell bottoms to fill as Pitt portrays the King.

But it’s something the Gwinnett resident has done countless times around the country for the past 22 years. During his Vegas-style concert, Pitt performs Elvis hits from the ’50s to the ’70s, along with Gospel classics.

“I didn’t grow up wanting to be Elvis,” Pitt said. “It’s just something that has worked out for me.”

Pitt, who started singing at the age of 6, began impersonating the icon in high school.

“It just kind of grew,” he said. “It got some good newspaper articles. Once those hit, agencies would call. It just started out kind of small and moved into a full time job.”

The reactions from audiences who see his show, Pitt said, are quite amazing.

“Whatever it was he had, boy, he had it full tilt,” he said. “I’m just a small speck of what his life was in show business. It’s tough, too. Elvis fans, they know how he held his hand, they know how he walked, they know how he did his lip and they’ll tell you.

“Nobody will ever touch whatever he actually had,” he continued. “(Elvis tribute artists) are just skimming the base, but we’re just trying to keep that music alive.”

Pitt’s next show Saturday at the Buford Community Center is already sold out, but Gwinnett residents who want to experience his Elvis tribute show can do so again Saturday, Feb. 15, as Pitt performs a Valentine’s Day concert at The Flying Machine at the Gwinnett County Airport. To make reservations for the show at The Flying Machine, call 678-622-0460.

For more information on Pitt’s show, visit www.markpittelvis.com.