He wears the trademark jumpsuits only on special occasions, and sporadically tries to sing songs by other musicians, but the ghost of Elvis Presley hangs heavily over Preston Hollow musician Domingo Carvajal. “I’m tied to him forever, it seems like,” says Carvajal, whose deep-voiced twang closely resembles that of The King. “Yeah,” he confirms, “people have told me I sound like Elvis so many times. I started out singing country music, but so many people told me that, after a while I started singing Elvis stuff, too. And it’s gone from there.” That was almost 30 years ago. Since then, Carvajal has comopeted in a few Elvis impersonator competitions across the country, even placing third of 60 in The King’s hometown of Tupelo, Miss. But most of his singing is done during his regular gigs at restaurants (you may have seen him perform at neighborhood Mexican eatery La Parrillada) and more than a dozen retirement homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He tries to work various classic rock staples by the likes of Ray Orbison and Everly Brothers into his sets along with Elvis, but many audiences, particulary those in retirement homes, don’t take kindly to this. “Oh, man, older people just love them some Elvis,” Carvajal says. “I have to force the other stuff on them. They’d just as soon listen to me sing nothing but The King.”


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