Bruno used to be “little Elvis?” By Dan McMahon | Mar 27, 2017 @ 11:10 PM Peter Gene Hernandez grew up in Hawaii and prior to being dubbed Bruno Mars, after Bruno Sammartino, he was called “Little Elvis” because of his dance moves. HERE is the article. Bruno Mars Related Content Bruno Mars #1 on the charts This guy once lent Bruno Mars a jacket; now, they’... So how did Bruno Mars come up w/his stage name? Bruno Mars kicked out of his high school band? Bruno Mars meets Bruno Sammartino Tina Fey, that’s what I like.