The art of musical impersonation is nothing new. In fact, in pop music, the tradition has become as commonplace as an encore. But where did it all start? In the 70s, self-titled “monster maker” Danny O’Day became infamous for his Rock and Roll Heaven touring spectacle.

As Rolling Stone writer David Browne explained in his January 2022 article Dr. Frankenstein’s Musical Revue, “the touring extravaganza he conceived and promoted, didn’t just pay homage to one deceased icon, but four of them: Elvis, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, and Jim Croce. And it didn’t do it merely with costumes or note-for-note vocal imitations: O’Day hired plastic surgeons to physically alter his tribute singers to look as much as possible like the people they were honoring.”

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