Bus inspector who spent £10k becoming Elvis bags record deal with ‘major’ rapper
Elvis impersonator Dave Black is “all signed up” after bagging his first record deal aged 52.
The former ticket inspector, who won over the nation’s hearts when we revealed his story, has recorded a single with London-based Impact Records.
Dave, who spent his £10,000 redundancy on singing lessons and fake leather suits, plans to take his hip-swivelling act to Las Vegas.
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He said: “To be honest with you my phone hasn’t stopped ringing.
"I’d like to have my own theatre show, which hopefully I will. I’d like to perform in Las Vegas. You’ve got to think big.”
Dave, who has been wowing fans out and about in London, added: “It was a whirlwind this week.
"Things have just sort of snowballed. But obviously being on the front page of your paper, you can’t get better than that.”
The entertainer has already had his first taste of the celebrity lifestyle during his day job as a Tesco delivery driver.
He was thrilled to meet a screaming fan when he dropped off some shopping near his home in Colchester, Essex.
Dave said: “I knocked on this lady’s door and she’s like, ‘Oh my god, you’re Elvis! I can’t wait to tell all my friends!’
“She said she’d read her horoscope that morning and it said she was going to meet someone famous.”
Dave sang live to the nation last week when he appeared on ITV’s This Morning.
He described it as “like taking a penalty in the World Cup” – but felt confident he would not miss.
And he has now released a dance version of Elvis hit Suspicious Minds, which even features a secret cameo from a “major UK rapper”, and it is already out on Spotify.
A spokesman for Impact management said: “We are very excited about developing Dave’s music, particularly his first single Suspicious Minds which is getting an amazing reaction around the country.”
Dave is being managed by his brother-in-law Leigh Guest – formerly of Double Trouble and the Rebel MC – who also produced his first single.
Leigh said: “Dave does sound so much like Elvis.”
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