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Bruno Mars — Little Elvis

Did you catch the Super Bowl halftime show featuring Bruno Mars? You probably noticed his hairdo was strongly reminiscent of the early Elvis look. But, there’s an even bigger connection. Bruno Mars started out as an Elvis Tribute Artist at the tender age of four.

4 Year-Old Bruno Mars Doing Elvis

 

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Bruno Mars was born Peter Gene Hernandez on October 8, 1985, in Honolulu. His mother was a singer and dancer, and his father performed Little Richard music. Mars’ uncle was an Elvis impersonator, and encouraged three-year-old Bruno to perform on stage as well.

4 Year-old Bruno Mars

Mars also performed songs by artists such as Michael Jackson, The Isley Brothers, and The Temptations. At age four, Mars began performing five days a week with his family’s band, The Love Notes, and became well known on the island for his impersonation of Elvis.

Bruno Mars - age 4 doing Elvis

In 1990, Mars was featured in MidWeek, a weekly tabloid shopper and advertisement periodical in Honolulu, and it dubbed him “Little Elvis.”

 Bruno Mars Doing Elvis in Viva Elvis

The previous three pictures came from a 1990 UK documentary called Viva Elvis, hosted by Jonathan Ross.

 Bruno Doing Elvis in Honeymoon In Vegas

Bruno Mars’ fame as Little Elvis led to him having a performance cameo in the 1992 film Honeymoon in Vegas, starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Nicholas Cage (who ten years later would marry Lisa Marie Presley).

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All of the above facts come from Wikipedia, so hopefully it’s all accurate. Wikipedia also says the time Bruno Mars spent impersonating Elvis had a major impact on his musical evolution and performing technique.

 Bruno-Elvis Honeymoon in Vegas

I think we can all agree that Bruno Mars’ time spent doing Elvis also really paid off.

 Bruno Mars - Super Cutipie Elvis

Maybe he’ll put on a jumpsuit someday and do his Elvis thing again.

 

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I Feel This Would be Perfect for Your Readers

Well, maybe… maybe not.

After 8-1/2 years of existence, ElvisBlog has really good SEO (search engine optimization).  So lots of folks with a product or program or website or whatever concerning Elvis will Google search and find the site.  Then, they send an e-mail hoping I will share their great (fill in the blank) with the blog’s readers.  Usually, I can’t help because ElvisBlog is about providing interesting articles, not free advertising.

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The only exception is when I can build an interesting blog article around the project.  The best example of this is the Circle G Foundation which is trying to save Elvis’ old horse ranch in Mississippi.  There was such a full history and so many photos available, I got three blog articles out of it – here, here, and here.  Hopefully, they did some good.

Better guess at location

Circle G Ranch Aerial View

 

For some reason, the past week has seen a rush of these requests.  While none work for a stand-alone blog article, here’s a little information from five of them.

 

DoYouRemember.com:

Graceland

I’ve been getting e-mails from these folks for some time.  I don’t know how I got on their list, but if their latest topic interests me, I click on the link and read it on their website.  A recent post is titled June 1982: Graceland Opens to the Public.  It’s a nice little interview with Graceland’s director of public relations, Kevin Kern.  Click here to read it.

While you are there, you might want to type Elvis in the search box.  There are sixteen other features that are about completely about Elvis or at least mention him.

Elvis is Dead

Do You Remember asked me to share the Graceland article on ElvisBlog, and suggested I share an ElvisBlog article on their site.  I might just do that.  Every little bit helps that SEO.

 

Mercum Auctions:

Mercum Auctions Celebrity Auctions

I keep up with six or seven auctions that have a history of offering Elvis items, but I have never heard of Mercum.  However, they do have a dozen photos of Elvis during his Army days provided by old buddy Rex Mansfield.  Also included is a set of eleven Army slides, copies of Elvis’ induction and discharge papers, and a few other items. To view them all, click here.    Scroll down to the Elvis items.

 

Long live the King:

Long Live the King

This request came in from freelance photographer Mike Dvorak, who is doing a project on Elvis Tribute Artists and the fans who love them.  He is trying to raise $28,000 to finance his project titled Long Live the King.  Click here to see a short video about his concept and several still photos of ETAs he has already photographed.  Note to Troy Yeary at the Mystery Train Elvis Blog.  You won’t like any of these guys, except maybe the fellow above.  I know you will love that fur coat over the jumpsuit.

 

Paul Fraser Collectibles:

Paul Fraser Collectibles

This English company recently produced a short guide on collecting Elvis memorabilia.  If you prefer to consider big-ticket Elvis collectibles at a fixed price, rather than auction bidding, this guide may be just what you need.  Be warned, there does seem to be fair amount of hype.

 

Widescreen.org:

Widescreen.org

This came in as a Comment on ElvisBlog’s recent series of Random Thoughts on Encore’s month of Elvis movies in May.  I guess I’ll approve it for posting, but the writer (signed only as Leb) kind of dissed me. He said, “My main comment concerning your review is the lack of information concerning HOW Encore broadcasted these films. Encore uses what is known as Pan n Scan. In other words, they redirect the film which you are watching. Doesn’t this matter to you?”

Actually, no it doesn’t.  I’ll let others worry about defending the visions and intentions of film makers.  I just want to watch Elvis movies.

Next, Leb said, “Most of Elvis’ quality Hollywood output (and cultural influence and popular music for that matter) ended with Liverpool in 1964.”  Well, he’s right about the quality of Elvis’ movies after 1964, but no way Elvis’ cultural influence ended then.  And Elvis had thirty-nine Top 40 hits (including two #1s) after 1964.

The last thing Leb said didn’t sit well with me at all.  “I am including a URL for your consideration. I hope you enjoy it and it wakes you up.”

Sorry, I’m afraid you wasted your time on me.

 

 

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