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Bruno Mars Talks Elvis with CBS Sunday Morning

December 10, 2012

With a mix of rhythm and blues to rock 'n' roll, the Grammy award-winning heart-throb Bruno Mars recently shared his story from being a tiny Elvis fan to having a lucrative career as a singer and songwriter with CBS's Sunday Morning

Born to a family of music, Mars began his career dressed in rhinestone suits and singing Elvis' music in his family's band. Mars has always credited Elvis as being one of his biggest inspirations and highlights his childhood love for the king in the recent interview.

Excerpt from CBS Sunday Morning:
Even at age two, Mars said he was taken with how girls were screaming for "Elvis." "And as a young kid, you're like, 'I want that.'"

So when his dad put Bruno on stage he did the only thing he knew. His Mini-Elvis was an instant hit, becoming so popular that little Bruno was given a cameo in the movie "Honeymoon in Vegas."

Despite his recent rise to fame, it was a long road for Mars' eclectic '50s style genre to fully surface in the industry. After a failed deal with Motown Records, Mars debated on returning to Hawaii- a decision that turned out to be the best one he never made. Now after 13 Grammy nods, two of the bestselling digital singles of all time and over a billion hits on YouTube, Mars is now performing to audiences as big as his childhood icon.
"As for Hawaii, Bruno did finally go home after all - to a packed arena, where perhaps not so coincidentally Elvis once performed."
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