Bruno Mars is a superstar who named himself after a planet, but, in spite of this, the singer is remarkably down-to-earth. He started off his career as an Elvis impersonator and is now well on his way to becoming one of the biggest chart-toppers of all time.
Mars’ journey to fame has been marked with highs and lows. While his laid-back demeanor doesn’t hint at his troubles, Mars has had more than his fair share of hardships. Think you know everything there is to know about this icon? Think again.
Bruno Mars has been churning out hits since childhood. He wrote his very first song when he was just 4 years old and dedicated it to the most important person in his life: his mother. She told Inquirer Lifestyle that Mars was “singing even before he started talking.”
He also started playing the piano at a young age, according to his mother. “I bought him a piano when he was just two,” she said, “and he went on the piano and just started playing tunes, not just banging on it, but he’d play actual tunes!”
Mars has certainly come a long way since then, having penned dozens of hit songs.
Not only did the pint-sized Bruno Mars write his first song when he was just 4 years old, he was also the youngest Elvis impersonator at the time, which he started doing at just 2 years old as part of his parents’ band! That’s cute and all, but how big of a deal could it be? Pretty big. He was such a great tiny Elvis that he performed at the 1990 Aloha Bowl and played “Little Elvis” in 1992’s Honeymoon in Vegas. And people loved him.
He was featured in the 1990 documentary Viva Elvis, and appeared on multiple television segments, like the Pauly Shore MTV segment above, and, according to Rolling Stone, he appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show by the time he was just 6.
So why Elvis? He said in the Viva Elvis documentary, “I like his singing, and his dance, and his lip,” which he then of course topped off with his impression of the iconic Elvis lip. The kid was born to be a star!