In 1957, traveling by train to Hollywood
as Elvis was about to film Jailhouse Rock he
told a friend that Eddie Bond
"broke my heart..." Elvis added...
"I wonder what Eddie Bond thinks of
The Man Who Told Elvis He Can't Sing!
Eddie Bond, a rockabilly singer and radio host who
once told a teenage Elvis Presley that he would
be better off driving a truck than trying to make
it in music, died on at his home in Bolivar, Tenn
He was 79.
Eddie Bond was 21 and already established on the
music scene in Memphis when a 16-year-old fellow band member, Ronnie Smith, invited Elvis
to audition to sing with the group May 1954 at
the Hi Hat Club on South Third Street. After Elvis' audition
advised Presley to stick with his day job...
"because you’re never going to make it as a singer..."