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Encyclopedia > Tommy Steele
Tommy Steele
Tommy Steele
Tommy Steele
Background information
Birth name Thomas William Hicks
Born 17 December 1936
Bermondsey, London, England
Genre(s) Rock and Roll
Occupation(s) Singer, Actor
Instrument(s) Guitar, Banjo
Years active 1956 —
Label(s) Decca, Columbia, RCA Victor
Associated acts The Steelmen
Website http://www.tommysteeleinternationalfanclub.com/

Tommy Steele OBE (born December 17, 1936 in London, England) is an English entertainer. Steele is widely regarded as Britain's first teen idol and rock 'n' roll star. Born Thomas Willam Hicks in Mason Street, Bermondsey, London, England, his cheeky Cockney image and boy-next-door looks won him success as a musician, singer and actor. If you hold the copyright to an image (e. ... December 17 is the 351st day of the year (352nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... , Bermondsey is an area of south London in the London Borough of Southwark. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified for the purpose of making music. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander... December 17 is the 351st day of the year (352nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... London — containing the City of London — is the capital of the United Kingdom and of England and a major world city. With over seven million inhabitants (Londoners) in Greater London area, it is amongst the most densely populated areas in Western Europe. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Teen idol (disambiguation). ... Rock and roll - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins/monobook/IE50Fixes. ... , Bermondsey is an area of south London in the London Borough of Southwark. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... St Mary-le-Bow The term cockney is often used to refer to working-class people of London, particularly east London, and the slang used by these people. ... For the popular-music magazine, see Musician (magazine). ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ...

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Singer

Before landing a singing career, Steele tried his hand at a number of odd jobs and had a brief spell as a merchant seaman. Like many singers of his era he never did National Service, having failed the medical examination because, at 18 years old, he was diagnosed as suffering with cardiomyopathy. While on leave or during dock strikes, he played guitar and banjo and sang in The 2i's Coffee Bar in Soho, both as a solo performer and with Wally Whyton's Vipers Skiffle Group. When a ship Steele was serving on docked in the U.S.A., he heard the music of Buddy Holly and fell in love with rock 'n' roll, turning his back on the British skiffle craze. He was discovered by manager Larry Parnes, who believed Steele could be Britain's answer to Elvis Presley. Parnes is incorrectly credited with creating the stage name 'Tommy Steele.' It was Steele who adapted the surname of his Scandinavian paternal grandfather, Thomas Stil-Hicks (pronounced Steel-Hicks), adding another E to the spelling. In most seafaring countries, the merchant marine (or merchant navy) is a fleet of ships used for commerce that sometimes complements the navy. ... National service is a common name for compulsory or voluntary military service programs. ... St Petersburg Docks in the early morning smog. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Banjo (disambiguation) The banjo is a stringed instrument developed by enslaved Africans in the United States, adapted from several African instruments. ... The 2 I’s Coffee Bar was a coffee bar in the basement at 59 Old Compton Street, Soho, London, England, between 1956 and 1970. ... Cast-iron architecture in Greene Street SoHo is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan. ... Wakky Whyton (1929-1997) British musician and radio personality. ... The Vipers Skiffle Group – later known simply as The Vipers - were one of the leading British groups during the skiffle period of the mid to late 1950s, and were important in the careers of radio and TV presenter Wally Whyton, record producer George Martin, and several members of The Shadows. ... For other uses, see United States (disambiguation) and US (disambiguation). ... For the Weezer song, see Buddy Holly (song). ... Larry Parnes (full name Laurence Maurice Parnes) was born 1930, in Willesden, London; died 4 August 1989, London. ... Elvis redirects here. ... Scandinavian can mean: a resident of, or anything relating to Scandinavia any North Germanic language a chess opening, Scandinavian Defense the aviation corpotation Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


Steele shot quickly to fame in the UK as the frontman for a rock and roll band, The Steelmen, after their first single, "Rock With The Caveman," reached number 13 in the UK singles charts in 1956. Steele and other British singers would pick known hits from the United States, record their cover versions of these songs and release them in the UK before the American versions could enter the charts. Most of Steele's 1950s recordings were covers of American hits, such as "Singing the Blues" and "Knee Deep in the Blues". Although Steele never proved a serious threat to Presley's popularity in the UK, he did admirably well on the 1950s British pop charts and "Singing the Blues" got to Number 1. (Guy Mitchell was number 1 with "Singing the Blues" on 4 January 1957 and Tommy Steele on 11 January 1957.) Frontman (also front man) is a term referring to the lead singer or band leader of a music group. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by the Official UK Charts Company on behalf of the music industry. ... The 1950s decade refers to the years 1950 to 1959 inclusive. ... Singing the Blues is a popular song. ... This is a list of the number one singles on the UK Singles Chart, during the 1950s. ... Guy Mitchell (February 22, 1927-July 1, 1999) was an American pop singer, who was even more successful in the United Kingdom than his homeland, despite being an international recording star of the 1950s with five #1 singles. ...


Secret meeting with Elvis Presley in England

For many years it was thought that Elvis Presley had never set foot in England, and had only ever spent a few minutes on the tarmac at Prestwick Airport airport in Scotland where his military plane, en route to the United States after completing his military service in West Germany, stopped to re-fuel. However, on 21 April 2008, in a (Radio 2) interview with theatre impresario Bill Kenwright, it emerged that Presley, then 23, had in fact visited England for a day, after striking a phone conversation with Steele in London in 1958. According to Kenwright: "Elvis flew in for a day and Tommy showed him round London. He showed him the Houses of Parliament and spent the day with him". Kenwright admitted on 22 April 2008 that he was not sure whether he should have told the story. Tommy Steele said: “It was two young men sharing the same love of their music. I swore never to divulge publicly what took place and I regret that it has found some way of getting into the light. I only hope he can forgive me." Elvis redirects here. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... A close-up view of some freshly-laid tarmac. ... Glasgow Prestwick International Airport (IATA: PIK, ICAO: EGPK) is a facility situated north of the town of Prestwick in Ayrshire, Scotland. ... This article is about the country. ... Bill Kenwright CBE (born 4 September 1945, in Liverpool, Merseyside, England) is an actor and producer. ... This may refer to the: British Houses of Parliament. ...


Officials at Prestwick Airport immediately issued a statement requesting proof, photographic, or otherwise, of the said meeting. Until such proof is provided, they shall continue to regard Prestwick Airport as the only place in Britain where Elvis Presley ever set foot, the marker, photographs, and special lounge at the said airport being a vivid reminder to the credibility to that claim.


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Lamar Fike, a former member of the Memphis Mafia, who lived with Presley at the time, has posted a claim on www.elvisinfonet.com that it was him, not Presley who visited London and Tommy Steele for a day in 1958. The Memphis Mafia was the nickname for a group of friends, associates, employees and yes-men whose main function was to be around Elvis Presley from 1956 until he died. ...


Actor

With Petula Clark in Finian's Rainbow

The increase in home-grown musical talent during the 1960s allowed Steele to progress to a career in stage and film musicals, leaving behind his pop idol identity. In the West End he appeared in the title role of Hans Christian Andersen. On film, he recreated his London and Broadway stage role in Half A Sixpence, and played character roles in The Happiest Millionaire and Finian's Rainbow, although many critics found his personality to be somewhat overwhelming on screen. In this latter film, probably his best known appearance in the movies, he co-starred with Petula Clark and Fred Astaire. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from the beginning of 1960 to the end of 1969. ... West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, England, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland. Along with New Yorks Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre... For other uses, see Hans Christian Andersen (disambiguation). ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... Half a Sixpence is a musical comedy, written as a vehicle for British pop star Tommy Steele. ... The Happiest Millionaire is a 1967 musical film, based upon the true story of Philadelphia millionaire Anthony J. Drexel Biddle. ... Finians Rainbow is a 1968 American movie musical. ... Petula Clark, CBE (born 15 November 1932), is an English singer, actress and composer best known for her upbeat popular international hits of the 1960s. ... Fred Astaire (May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987), born Frederick Austerlitz in Omaha, Nebraska,[1] was an American film and Broadway stage dancer, choreographer, singer and actor. ...


In 1983, Steele directed and starred in the West End stage production of Singin' in the Rain at the famed London Palladium. In 1991 he toured with Some Like It Hot the stage version of the Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe film. In 2003, after a decade-long hiatus, save his one man shows An Evening With Tommy Steele and What A Show!, he toured as Ebenezer Scrooge in a production of Scrooge: The Musical, an adaptation of Scrooge. Following this return, he reprised his role at the Palace Theatre, Manchester over Christmas 2004, and brought the production to the London Palladium for Christmas 2005. For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ... West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, England, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland. Along with New Yorks Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre... Singin in the Rain was a 1985 musical play adapted from the 1952 movie of the same name. ... The London Palladium in 2004 The London Palladium is a 2,286 seat West End theatre located off Oxford Street in the City of Westminster. ... Sugar is a 1972 Broadway musical based on the screenplay for the film Some Like it Hot, which was written by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond and based on a story by Robert Thoeren. ... John Uhler Lemmon III (February 8, 1925 – June 27, 2001), better known as Jack Lemmon, was a two-time Academy Award and Cannes Award-winning American actor and comedian. ... Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson;[1] June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962), was a Golden Globe-winning[2] American actress, singer, model, Hollywood icon,[3] cultural icon, fashion icon,[4] pop icon, film executive and sex symbol. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ebenezer Scrooge encounters Ignorance and Want in Dickenss novel, A Christmas Carol Ebenezer Scrooge is the main character in Charles Dickens 1843 novel, A Christmas Carol. ... Scrooge was a 1970 musical film adaptation of Charles Dickens classic 1843 story, A Christmas Carol. ... Notable theatres called the Palace Theatre include: Palace Theatre, London Palace Theatre, Westcliff-on-Sea, EssexA real play house with Edwardian splendour. ... This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ...


Author and other talents

In the early 1980s, Steele wrote and published a book titled The Final Run, a novel about World War II and the evacuation of Dunkirk. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... French troops rescued by a British merchant ship at Dunkirk British evacuation on Dunkirk beach The Dunkirk evacuation, also known as the Miracle of Dunkirk and codenamed Operation Dynamo by the British, was the large evacuation of Allied soldiers from May 26 to June 4, 1940, during the Battle of...


He also wrote a children's novel, entitled Quincy, about a reject toy trying to save himself and his fellow rejects in the basement of a toy store from the furnace the day after Christmas. This was turned into a film in 1979, in which Steele played Quincy and Mel Martin played Quincy's girlfriend doll, Rebecca. For other uses, see Christmas (disambiguation). ... Mel Martin (born Melanie Jayne Martin) in 1947 is an English actress. ...


He has developed a talent as a sculptor and two of his major works are on public display: Bermondsey Boy at the Rotherhithe Civic Centre, and Eleanor Rigby which he sculpted and gave to the city of Liverpool as a tribute to The Beatles. Sculptor redirects here. ... , Rotherhithe is a district of south-east London in the London Borough of Southwark. ... For other uses, see Liverpool (disambiguation). ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ...


A Daily Mail article on 26 August 2006 previewing Steele's new autobiography (see below) states that Steele has another sculpture featuring two rugby players on display at England's rugby stadium at Twickenham. It also states that Steele is an artist of some note and has exhibited at the Royal Academy. The Daily Mail is a British newspaper, currently published in a tabloid format. ... Cover of the first English edition of 1793 of Benjamin Franklins autobiography. ... For other uses, see Rugby (disambiguation). ... Twickenham is a suburb in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, south west London. ... The Royal Academy of Arts is an art institution based in Burlington House on Piccadilly, London, England. ...


Steele's autobiography was published in September 2006 and is entitled Bermondsey Boy: Memories of a Forgotten World (London: Joseph) ISBN 0-7181-4972-6


Personal life

Steele married Ann Donoghue in 1960. They have one daughter, Emma.


Discography

Partial discography. [3]


Singles

With the Steelmen

  • "Rock With the Caveman"/ "Rock Around the Town" - UK singles chart no. 13 (Decca 1956)
  • "Doomsday Rock"/ "Elevator Rock" (Decca 1956)
  • "Singing the Blues"/ "Rebel Rock" - UK charts no. 1 (Decca 1956)
  • "Knee Deep in the Blues"/ "Teenage Party". - UK charts no. 15 (Decca 1957)
  • "Butterfingers"/ "Cannibal Pot" - UK charts no. 8 (Decca 1957)
  • "Shiralee"/ "Grandad’s Rock" - UK charts no. 11 (Decca 1957)
  • "Water, Water"/ "A Handful of Songs" - UK charts no. 5 (Decca 1957)
  • "Hey You!"/ "Plant a Kiss" - UK charts no. 28 (Decca 1957)
  • "Happy Guitar"/ "Princess" - UK charts no. 20 (Decca 1958)
  • "Nairobi"/ "Neon Sign" - UK charts no. 3 (Decca 1958)
  • "Only Man on the Island"/ "I Puts the Lightie On" - UK charts no. 16 (Decca 1958)

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  • "It’s All Happening"/ "What Do You Do?" (Decca 1958 )
  • "Come On, Let’s Go"/ "Put a Ring on Her Finger". - UK charts no. 10 (Decca 1958)
  • "A Lovely Night"/ "Marriage Type Love" (Decca 1958)
  • "Hiawatha"/ "The Trial" (Decca 1959)
  • "Tallahassee Lassie"/ "Give, Give, Give" - UK charts no. 16 (Decca 1959)
  • "You Were Mine"/ "Young Ideas" (Decca 1959)
  • "Little White Bull"/ "Singing Time" - UK charts no. 6 (Decca 1959)
  • "What a Mouth"/ "Kookaburra" - UK charts no. 5 (Decca 1960)
  • "Happy Go Lucky Blues"/ "Girl with the Long Black Hair" (Decca 1960)
  • "Must Be Santa"/ "Boys and Girls" - UK charts no. 40 (Decca 1960)
  • "My Big Best Shoes/ The Dit Dit Song (Decca 1961)
  • "Writing on the Wall"/ "Drunken Guitar" - UK charts no. 30 (Decca 1961)
  • "Hit Record"/ "What a Little Darling" (Decca 1962)
  • "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?"/ "Butter Wouldn’t Melt in Your Mouth" (Decca 1963)
  • "He’s Got Love"/ "Green Eye" (Decca 1963 )
  • "Flash Bang Wallop"/ "She’s Too Far Above Me" (Decca 1963)
  • "Egg and Chips"/ "The Dream Maker" (Columbia 1963)
  • "Half a Sixpence"/ "If the Rain’s Got to Fall" (RCA 1965)
  • "Fortuosity"/ "I’m a Brass Band" (Vista 1967)
  • "King’s New Clothes"/ "Wonderful Copenhagen" (Pye 1974)
  • "Half a Sixpence"/ "If the Rain’s Got to Fall" (Safari 1984)
  • "Singing the Blues"/ "Come On, Let’s Go" (Old Gold 1985)13

Where Have All the Flowers Gone? is a folk song of the 1960s written by Pete Seeger and Joe Hickerson. ... Half a Sixpence is a musical comedy, written as a vehicle for British pop star Tommy Steele. ...

Filmography

Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1963 (disambiguation). ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... The Happiest Millionaire is a 1967 musical film, based upon the true story of Philadelphia millionaire Anthony J. Drexel Biddle. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Finians Rainbow is a 1968 American movie musical. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (number) 1969 (movie) 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Wheres Jack? is a 1969 film based around the exploits of notorious 18th century criminal Jack Sheppard and London thieftaker Jonathan Wild. ... Also: 1969 (number) 1969 (movie) 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ...

See also

Lionel Bart (1930-1999) was a British composer of songs musicals, best known for Oliver! Bart was born Lionel Begleiter in London to Galician Jews, and grew up in Stepney. ... Michael Pratt (known as Mike; 7th June 1931 - 10th July 1976) was an English actor and born in London, England. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/04/22/nelvis122.xml
  2. ^ http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/bizarre/article1072800.ece
  3. ^ Tommy Steele Discography Accessed February 2007.

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