Personalities | Tommy Steele | Fifties | Rock

(Vocals, b. 1936)

Born Thomas Hicks, Steele began playing ersatz British rock’n’roll at the London 2I’s coffee bar. Spotted by Fleet Street photographer John Kennedy, who became his manager, Steele co-wrote ‘Rock With The Caveman’ with Lionel Bart, and the single made the UK Top 20. In 1957, Steele covered ‘Singing The Blues’, which topped the UK chart. Later that year the biopic, The Tommy Steele Story, was released, and Steele released more hits until 1961, when he moved into the thespian world, starring in stage and screen hits such as Half A Sixpence (1965), The Happiest Millionaire (1967) and Finian’s Rainbow (1968).

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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