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El Vez with the Lovely Elvettes and the Memphis Mariachis performing on stage
El Vez(The Time) (born 1960) is the stage name of Robert Lopez, a Mexicanmarker-Americanmarker rock and roll artist, who performs and records original material and covers classic rock songs. Mixing the styles of Elvis Presley and many other American rock artists with his own Latin-American heritage and music, he is known for expressing revolutionary views through his the satire and humor in his songs.

El Vez is known for his high-production value, frenetic stage show, which features two backup singers/dancers (the Elvettes), numerous on- and off-stage costume changes, and between-song monologues mixing humor and political activism.

Lopez's main persona and style is very similar to Elvis Presley, as his stage name suggests. However, he is not strictly an Elvis impersonator; on his recordings and in his live show, he covers many non-Mexican artists, such as John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, T. Rex, Queen and the Beatles. Also known as the "Thin Brown Duke", "The Chicano Elvis", or "The Mexican Elvis", he got his start in the Latino punk band The Zeros, and played in Catholic Discipline with the folk singer Phranc.

El Vez was once a contestant on the game show To Tell the Truth.


El Vez in black, 2009.


  • Fun in Español
  • Graciasland (the cover art is a play on Paul Simon's Graceland)
  • Merry Mex-Mas
  • El Vez is Alive
  • Never Been to Spain (Until Now)
  • G.I. Ay! Ay! Blues (A play on Elvis's G.I. Blues)
  • A Lad from Spain? and Son of a Lad From Spain (the cover graphics play on David Bowie's Aladdin Sane)
  • Boxing with God
  • Sno-Way José
  • How Great Thou Art (the cover art is a play on Elvis Presley's How Great Thou Art album.)


El Vez, 2009
  • El Rey De Rock 'N' Roll (2000, documentary)
  • Mi vida loca (1993)
  • Gospel Show in Madrid (2008, Live Concert)
  • Several other appearances in documentaries
  • 2 Hip 4 TV (NBC variety show)
Source: IMDB

Notes and references

  1. "El Vez", St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, Thomson Gale 2005-2006. reproduced online at and accessed online 28 April 2007.
  2. El Rey De Rock 'N' Roll, short film review on the site of the New York Times. Accessed online 31 October 2006
  3. El Vez Biography, Allmusic. Accessed online 28 April 2007.
  4. Michelle Habell-Pallan, "El Vez(The Time) is 'Taking Care of Business': The Inter/national Appeal of Chicano Popular Music", Cultural Studies, Volume 13, Issue 2, April 1999, p. 195–210. Abstract accessed online 28 April 2007.

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