Vernon said: “He called me into his room, I believe it was shortly after he got out of high school, and he said, ‘I want to be an entertainer.’
“Well, in some ways and some of the clothes he wore was different. The way he wore his hair was quite different to what there was back then, you know.
“And he was criticised quite often about it and it really didn’t bother him and he didn’t change it and he went on (keeping it) like it was anyway.”
It seem unbelievable, but when he auditioned for local groups, they also rejected his vocal ability.