DEAN Bourne doesn't like the term "impersonator". He says he pays tribute to singer/songwriter Roy Orbison through his shows.
"I don't impersonate Roy Orbison," he said. "I don't get on stage and talk in an American accent. I pay tribute to him by performing his songs on stage."
Bourne realised he could hit the same vocal range as Orbison after it was suggested to him.
"My father was a singer and I grew up listening to music from the '50s and '60s. One of those artists I grew up listening to was Orbison. When I was a teen someone said I sounded like him."
In 1997 Bourne won the look-alikes and sound-alikes competition Follow that Dream with an Orbison rendition.
He then continued performing Orbison's songs and as a result the producers of Idolz in Concert signed him to appear in their shows.
Although Orbison died over 25 years ago, Bourne said it was the singer's lyrics which attracted people to his performances. "Orbison had a beautiful voice. And his music and lyrics can relate to people," he said.
"He was such a unique person and he had this presence that people loved."
He said the best part of his job was rekindling memories. "A lady came up to me with tears in her eyes. This makes my job worth it," he said.
Bourne will bring his latest show, Roy Orbison Reborn to Castle Hill RSL Club on Saturday, 8.30pm. Cost: $35.
■ Details: castlehillrsl.com.au.