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 me now..."
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 Eddie Bond advised Presley to stick with his day job... "because you’re never going to make it as a singer..."