Tommy Steele

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Tags: 60s pop british male vocalist rock and roll tommy 50s Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1950s 1960s 1990s


Thomas Hicks, 17 December 1936, Bermondsey, London, England. After serving as a merchant seaman, Hicks formed a skiffle trio called the Cavemen, with Lionel Bart and Mike Pratt, before being discovered by entrepreneur John Kennedy in the 2i’s coffee bar in Soho, London. A name change to Tommy Steele followed, and after an appearance at London’s Condor Club, the boy was introduced to manager Larry Parnes. From that point, his rise to stardom was meteoric. Using the old ‘working-class boy makes good’ angle, Kennedy launched the chirpy cockney in the unlikely setting of a debutante’s ball. Class-conscious Fleet Street lapped up the idea of Steele as the ‘deb’s delight’ and took him to their hearts. His debut single, ‘Rock With The Caveman’, was an immediate Top 20 hit and although the follow-up, ‘Doomsday Rock’/‘Elevator Rock’, failed to chart, the management was unfazed. Their confidence was...

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