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Rick Saucedo

Rick Saucedo began his professional career in 1972 at the age of seventeen, while still attending Schurz High School. He and his newly-joined band, “The Ambassadors”, worked nightly at many local clubs and lounges. As people began to take notice of this young, talented “Elvis impersonator” he was approached by larger venues and talents.

A few years later, he would be opening for The Monkees at the Chicago Theater and performing at other large-scale venues. As Elvis was doing at the time, Rick was touring with his tribute act.

In '76, he released his first album, Rick Saucedo Live, on vinyl. By 1977 Rick had performed at the Cabaret in Winnipeg, Canada and from there he was asked to star in the Broadway play, “The Legend Lives On” in 1978, following the passing of Presley. He performed six nights a week for five months, never using a stand-in. He helped arrange the music for the title song, “The Legend Lives On”, also written by veteran Elvis songwriter - Doc Pomus. Elvis’ background vocal group, The Jordanaires, accompanied Rick in the play as well as D.J. Fontana, Elvis’ drummer. A year later, Rick took the "Legend" show on the road and played the Stardust in Las Vegas, again accompanied by The Jordanaires and D.J. Fontana.

Later that year, Rick was approached to star as the title role in the 1979 film, Elvis. Rick, being a true tribute artist, was ready to show the world everything he had. Unfortunately, Hollywood had other plans: Rick was told Ronnie McDowell would sing the vocals while Rick would lipsync, and do the talking and acting. Nothing against Ronnie, but Rick felt this was too constricting and would not be a fair demonstration or performance, so he declined. Kurt Russell would go on to take the role, instead.

By the 1980's, Rick was exploring every plateau of his talents. By the '80s, Rick had released 2 albums and was ready to multitask. In '81, Rick joined the band, Redwing, who rocked and rolled through the hits of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Badfinger, Queen, Pink Floyd, ZZ Top, and of course, Elvis and Rick's own original material. The big Redwing single that spawned from this effort was "Love Is A Game" and "Our Love".

After Redwing, Rick cut the hair and trimmed the sideburns as he joined with Johnny Starr and The Meteors. Rick paid tribute to the earlier years of Elvis and the tightly-knit band went on to rock and roll from stage to screen. The group performed on TV.

In 1989, Rick teamed up with John Cusack and Mike Myers in Elvis Stories, a film written and directed by Ben Stiller. It was more of a loose, fun gig than a full-hearted tribute, but Rick took the opportunity to loosen up a little.

The '90s were a busy decade for Rick, in terms of songwriting, performing, and traveling. He reunited with The Ambassadors in 1994 after a long break-up and began to revolutionize the live performance style by adding backing tracks instead of a live band, which opened up a whole new door to performing. Rick did not like to use tracks early on, but that changed after Aruba.

The 1990's also saw Rick powering the long-running Elvis Birthday Tribute Spectacular at the Star Plaza Theatre. Rick remained with the tour from its beginning through 1998, and then again in 2007. This tour allowed Rick to reunite once again with legendary drummer, D.J. Fontana.

In 1998, Rick performed as a solo act at the Alahambra Theatre in Aruba. He played nightly to a full house for an entire month. The success was overwhelming, leading to the Theatre asking Rick to stay longer, but his fans back home missed him, and he missed home. Upon his return to the states, Rick began performing with backing tracks. Not only does Rick enjoy performing to his own customized tracks, but most venues prefer this type of show as well. Rick’s audience appreciates the close interaction that performing with tracks allows, as well as the accuracy, authenticity, and professionalism that comes with Rick's backing track production. For larger venues and festivals, Rick will still perform with a live band.

In 1999, Rick hit the album charts. Writing and releasing his greatest original achievement: "Memphis, I'm Coming Home". The album brought balance to Rick's entire career, successfully merging the style of Elvis with something entirely new and original. The album hit shelves in music stores and the promotional tour began.

Recording original music as well as his favorite cover tunes kept Rick busy recording on a regular basis in the 2000s. Having realized there were many fans who still remembered the early days with The Ambassadors, Rick began recording new songs with The Ambassadors.

Fans have always enjoyed the balance between Rick’s impeccable Elvis style as well as his own original talent he incorporates into his shows. Rick’s creativity flows no matter what type of show he is performing. He has pioneered effects such as his smoke-filled American Trilogy rendition; copied by acts local, national, and worldwide; as well as in television and movies. He has also been among the first to direct and perform elaborate Halloween shows centered around his and the music of others. Rick has also taken the painstakingly produced 1978 Broadway play he starred in and had converted the whole show into a surreal backing track version that was an enormous success in 2001.

In 2002, Rick was given the honor of singing the National Anthem for the Chicago White Sox on Elvis Night, as he performed in front of a crowd of over 30,000.

His talents had not gone unnoticed over the decade. He was voted “Best Male Entertainer” in the reader’s poll of the Suburban Nitelife Magazine in 2001. In 2003 he was awarded “Best Solo Performer”, by the readers of the Suburban Nitelife Magazine and was again voted “Best Solo Performer” in 2006, 2007, and 2008. In 2009 Rick was nominated for "Best Solo Performer" and won "Best Lounge Act" in the Suburban Nitelife Magazine Poll.

Throughout the 2000's, Rick reinvented himself again - making changes in his production style, lifestyle, entourage, bands of choice, and musical selection. Most importantly, Rick launched in cyberspace. In January 2008 Rick's official MySpace was created and since received 30,000.

By March of 2009, Heartbeat Radio launched. It was the first online radio station devoted to the singing and songwriting career of Rick Saucedo and gave his fans an in depth look at the driving force behind Rick's music. Rick then joined Facebook in May of 2009 and has reconnected with many fans and friends from over the years, in addition to reaching new people.

In September of 2009, The Fan's Choice Project was conducted and many of Rick's fans voted for their favorite original songs from Rick. With 30+ years of music written, fans had almost 50 songs to choose from. The voting ended and the project culminated with the recording of Rick's first career-spanning album - which featured the songs that were voted in by the fans. It spans his original music from 1978 through 2009. The Once Again: The Greatest Hits album was released in October 2009 and represents the gifted talent for original music that Rick has.

By the end of the 2000's, Rick was everywhere online.

After viewing Rick on YouTube, Sweden's foremost Rockabilly Band, The Sun Cats invited Rick to perform with them. In March 2009, he broke the attendance record at the venue in Umea, Sweden and filled the house in Lulea, Sweden.

2010 marked the beginning of the fifth decade of Rick's career. In 2012, Rick will be celebrating 40 years in the business, a landmark that will place him in an unprecedented, elite class of ETAs. Numbers aren't as important to Rick these days. To him, age is just a number. It's not about your age, but about the way you feel.

In recognition of this accomplishment, Rick has been awarded the "Lifetime Achievement Award" in the inaugural HEART OF THE KING Awards for Elvis Tribute Artists. Rick received the award on July 29th, 2011 at the Las Vegas Hilton. Dan Lentino of The Ambassadors presented the award and Rick received it from Sweet Inspiration Estelle Brown.

In August of 2011, Rick returned to Memphis, Tennessee to perform there for the first time in over 30 years. He was the headliner at the inaugural King Of The World event from the Elvis Entertainers Network (EEN). During Rick's Saturday night performance on August 13th, he was surprised with another tremendous honor... the first inductee into the Elvis Tribute Artist Hall of Fame.

Just when it looked like Rick couldn't make 2011 any more special, he dug deep into his musical roots and began reinventing himself as a musician. Returning to the studio in the summer of 2011, he began a new compilation of original studio material. Over the course of the summer, Rick wrote and recorded ten new songs that emphasized his influences in Rockabilly, Rhythm and Blues, and Rock 'n Roll.

This project, entitled I'm Movin' On, refueled Rick's desire to play music again, rather than just sing it. As a result, he made the decision to play live with a band again, but not as Elvis, but as the man who played a key role in his songwriting and musical style: Paul McCartney.

For one night only, Rick returned to his own musical roots and paid tribute to one of the greatest musicians and songwriters in the history of the world. The man responsible for his interest in songwriting. It was something he had wanted to do for the longest time, that started with a rekindled interest in his own original musicianship.

After two decades of strict dedication to Elvis Presley, Rick proved that he can recapture an audience as an entirely different act, once again, as he had done once before in the '80s and '90s during his Redwing and British Import days, while celebrating the music of Paul McCartney, The Beatles, and Wings.

Playing the Rickenbacker bass and Hofner bass, Rick joined up with The Change of Habit Band for Christmas With The Great Pretenders, on November 26, 2011, at the legendary Sabre Room, home of another milestone performance of Rick's career: The 1994 Ambassadors Reunion.

New tracks, albums, fans, and opportunities keep the fire burning for Rick these days. The latest technology and generation of Elvis fans has kept Rick interested and involved. Facebook and YouTube have allowed Rick to reach new levels and meet new people from every corner of the world. Forty years later, Rick continues to perform weekend after weekend, month after month, and on occasion, he will reunite with that original band from '72.

One thing remains certain, and he won't admit it, but since 1972, Rick remains a legend in the eyes of fans and ETAs. Many of the up-and-coming ETAs have sought advice and studied the methods and styles of Rick. His career has spanned multiple generations, as children who saw him back when he started have returned, now as parents themselves, with their own children, to see the tribute act that began before The King of Rock 'n Roll himself was lost.

To this day, Rick remains The Prince of Rock 'n Roll.

Today, he enjoys spending his downtime editing music, watching movies, and spending time with his animals.

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