Remembering Bruno Mars impersonating Elvis Presley at age 6 in adorable video
Today, he’s a globally acclaimed singer with numerous accolades, but not many people know that Bruno Mars has been holding audiences captive as early as age four. One of his memorable Elvis Presley impersonations is in the video at the end of this article.
Mars appeared on the star hunt segment of the “Arsenio Hall Show” in 1991 and brought on his best game, even though he was only six years old.
The group that preceded his performance was made up of senior women called the dancing grannies, and when the little boy strutted on stage in his Elvis-like costume, it was quite a contrast.
Mars’ breathtaking performance was a real show-stopper, complete with hip-shaking and lip-curling. His trademark curls were also styled to imitate that of the late music icon.
So good was Mars’ performance that some people believe he did the famous Elvis shimmy better than the “king” himself.
Mars’ act on Arsenio Hall’s show was not his first. The Hawaii-born singer has been performing in night clubs all over his native home from the age of four.
It’s no surprise that the “uptown funk” hitmaker has been bursting with musical talents from a young age. Mars, real name Peter Gene Hernandez, was born into a family of musicians. His mother, Bernadette, was a singer while his father, Pete, was a Latin percussionist from brooklyn.
If you’re wondering where the name “Bruno” came from, his older sister, Jamie, revealed that it began as a childhood nickname.
“Bruno was always so confident, independent, really strong-willed and kind of a brute -- hence the name Bruno -- and it kind of just stuck.”
Mars evidently lacked none of this confidence in childhood when he began his career. His family was known to perform a Las Vegas-style revue that included Motown hits, doo-wop melodies and celebrity impersonations.
His social conditioning of being around entertainers and musicians help him pick up musical instruments from early childhood.
Bruno has attested to the fact that he never got trained to play these instruments. “That’s just how I learned, just being surrounded by it my whole life,” he said.
Today, Mars is 33, and not only does he have 11 Grammy awards, but he also holds three Guinness world records. One of those records is for being the first male artist to achieve three 10-million-selling-singles.
If there’s another thing Mars should get an accolade for, it’s knowing how to keep his private life out of the public eye.
Very few people know that the “Grenade” singer has been in a relationship since 2011. His girlfriend, Jessica Caban, is a model, reality TV star, and entrepreneur.
See the Elvis impersonation video below. It begins on the 8:14 mark.