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Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Michael Holliday

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Michael Holliday
Birth nameNorman Alexander Milne
Born26 November 1924
Liverpool, Lancashire, England, UK
Died29 October 1963 (aged 38)
Croydon, Surrey, England, UK
Years active1951–1963
LabelsEMI Columbia
Associated actsEric Winstone Band,
Bing Crosby
Norman Alexander Milne, known professionally as Michael Holliday (26 November 1924 – 29 October 1963)[1] was a British crooner popular in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
He had a number of chart hits in the pre-Beatles era in the UK, including two number one singles, "The Story of My Life" and "Starry Eyed".



Early life[edit]

Michael Holliday was born in Liverpool (then in Lancashire), England, and brought up in the Kirkdale district of the city. His career in music began after winning an amateur talent contest, 'New Voices of Merseyside', at the Locarno Ballroom, West Derby Road, Newsham, Liverpool. According to Elvis Costello, while working as a seaman in the Merchant Navy, he used to smuggle obscure U.S. jazz records into the UK, where Costello's mother, Lilian Ablett, sold them.[2] Finding himself in the U.S. as a seaman, Holliday was persuaded to enter a talent contest at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and again he won, inspiring him to seek a career in show business.[2] In 1951 he secured two summer seasons' work as a vocalist with Dick Denny's band at Butlin's Holiday Camp, Pwllheli.

Singing career[edit]

In March 1953 he joined the Eric Winstone Band, another Butlin's contracted band that toured when the summer season's work was over. They also broadcast occasionally on BBC Radio.
In December 1954, Holliday wrote to the BBC requesting a TV audition. His audition came in April 1955 and he made his first TV appearance on The Centre Show on 22 July 1955. This TV performance was seen by Norrie Paramor, then head of A&R for EMI's Columbia record label, who signed him as a solo artist.[3] He also sang "Four Feather Falls", the theme tune to the puppet-based television programme of the same name.
Holliday's style of singing was heavily influenced by Bing Crosby, who was his idol. The style would earn him the title of "the British Bing Crosby". A biography entitled The Man Who Would Be Bing, written by Ken Crossland, was published in 2004.

Illness and death[edit]

Holliday had an ongoing problem with stage fright, and had a mental breakdown in 1961. He died two years later, from a suspected drug overdose,[4] in Croydon, Surrey.[5] His grave is at Anfield Cemetery, Priory Road, Liverpool.[6]


UK single (release date), highest chart position
  • "The Yellow Rose of Texas" / "Stein Song" (September 1955)
  • "Sixteen Tons" / "The Rose Tattoo" (January 1956)
  • "Nothin' To Do" / "Perfume, Candy And Flowers" (March 1956), UK No. 20
  • "Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)"/ "The Gal with the Yallow Shoes" (June 1956), UK No. 13
  • "Ten Thousand Miles" / "The Runaway Train" (September 1956), UK No. 24
  • "I Saw Esau" / "Yallow Yallow Gold" (January 1957)
  • "My House Is Your House" / "Love Is Strange" (March 1957)
  • "Four Walls" / "Wringle Wrangle" (May 1957)
  • "All of You" / "It's The Good Things We Remember" (July 1957)
  • "Old Cape Cod" / "Love You Darlin'" (September 1957)
  • "The Story of My Life" / "Keep Your Heart" (January 1958), UK No. 1
  • "In Love" / "Rooney" (February 1958), UK No. 26
  • "Stairway of Love" / "May I?" (May 1958), UK No. 3
  • "I'll Always Be in Love With You" / "I'll Be Lovin' You Too" (June 1958), UK No. 27
  • "She Was Only Seventeen" / "The Gay Vagabond" (September 1958)
  • "My Heart is An Open Book" / "Careless Hands" (November 1958)
  • "Palace of Love" / "The Girls From The County Armagh" (February 1959)
  • "Moments of Love" / "Dearest" (May 1959)
  • "Life Is A Circus" / "For You, For You" (August 1959)
  • "Starry Eyed" / "The Steady Game" (November 1959), UK No. 1
  • "Skylark" / "Dream Talk" (March 1960), UK No. 39
  • "Little Boy Lost" / "The One Finger Symphony" (June 1960), UK No. 50
  • "Catch Me A Kiss" / "Stay in Love" (November 1960)
  • "The Miracle of Monday Morning" / "Remember Me" (February 1961)
  • "Dream Boy Dream" / "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now" (June 1961)
  • "Wishin' On A Rainbow / "I Don't Want You To See Me Cry" (April 1962)
  • "Have I Told You Lately that I Love You?" / "It Only Takes A Minute" (September 1962)
  • "Laugh and the World Laughs With You" / "Iron Fence" (February 1963)
  • "Between Hello And Goodbye" / "Just To Be With You Again" (July 1963)
  • "Drums / "Can I Forget You" (November 1963)
  • "Dear Heart" / "My Year of Love" (March 1964)
  • "My Last Date (With You)" / "Always is a Long, Long Time" (June 1964)[7]

Tommy Steele

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Thomas Steele
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Tommy Steele performing in Stockholm in 1957
Background information
Birth nameThomas William Hicks
Born17 December 1936 (age 80)
Bermondsey, London, England
GenresRock and rollskiffle
Occupation(s)Singer, actor
Years active1956–present
LabelsDeccaColumbiaRCA Victor
Associated actsThe Steelmen
Thomas Steele OBE (born Thomas William Hicks, 17 December 1936) and better known as Tommy Steele is an English entertainer, regarded as Britain's first teen idol and rock and roll star.[1][2] He reached number one with "Singing the Blues" in 1957, and The Tommy Steele Story was the first album by a UK act to reach number one.
Steele's film credits include Half a SixpenceThe Happiest Millionaire and Finian's Rainbow, and he has made many stage tours in the UK. He is also a songwriter, author and sculptor. His claim to have shown Elvis Presley around London has been challenged by more than one source.





Steele worked in various jobs, including a brief period as a merchant seaman. He wasn't eligible for national service because, at eighteen years old, he was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy.[3] In his autobiography, Bermondsey Boy: Memories of a Forgotten World, he reports that he failed the medical because he had flat feet. Whenever not working, he played guitar and banjo and sang in two coffee houses in Sohothe 2i's Coffee Bar and the Cat's Whisker, both as a solo performer and with Wally Whyton's Vipers Skiffle Group.
When a ship Steele was serving on docked in Norfolk, Virginia, USA, he heard Buddy Holly and fell in love with rock and roll, turning his back on the British skiffle craze. He was discovered by freelance photographer John Kennedy, who believed Steele could be Britain's answer to Elvis Presley. Later co-manager Larry Parnes was 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.[4]
Steele became famous 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 Chart in 1956. Steele and other British singers would pick known hit records 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 well on the 1950s UK chart and "Singing the Blues" got to Number 1 in the UK before Presley did so.[1] Guy Mitchell was number 1 with "Singing the Blues" on 4 January 1957 and Tommy Steele on 11 January 1957. Steele's 1957 album, The Tommy Steele Story, was the first by a UK-based act to reach No. 1 in the UK.[1]
Only four months after his first chart presence, he was filming his life story.[1] To do so, Steele and his songwriting collaborators, Lionel Bart and Mike Pratt, wrote twelve songs in seven days.[5] His first three single releases were issued at a rate of one every three weeks.[6] In 1957 Steele bought a four-bedroomed house in South London for his parents.[7]In August 1959, Steele undertook a three-day concert visit to Moscow.[8]
In late 2009 his greatest hits collection, The Very Best of Tommy Steele, reached the Top 40 in the UK Albums Chart. This was the first UK chart entry, of any kind, that Steele had enjoyed for over 48 years.[9]


The increase in home-grown musical talent during the 1950s and 60s allowed Steele to progress to a career in stage and film musicals, leaving behind his pop idol identity. In 1957 he was voted the seventh most popular actor at the British box office.[10]
In 1960, a tour of Australia had not been particularly successful and on his return to England he received two offers, one to star in the play Billy Liar, the other to join the Old Vic Company. He chose the latter.[11]
In the West End he appeared in She Stoops to Conquer[12] and played 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[who?] found his personality to be somewhat overwhelming on screen. In this latter film, probably his best known appearance in the films, he played Og, the leprechaun turning human, and co-starred with Petula Clark and Fred Astaire. In 1968 British exhibitors voted him the fourth most popular star at the local box office.[13]
In April 1971, Steele starred in his own show Meet Me in London at London's Adelphi Theatre.[14]
In 1978, Steele performed in a TV movie version of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Yeomen of the Guard (misspelled as "The Yeoman..."), singing the role of the hapless jester Jack Point.[15]
In 1983, Steele directed and starred in the West End stage production of Singin' in the Rain at the London Palladium. In 1991 he toured with Some Like It Hot the stage version of the Jack Lemmon/Tony Curtis/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. In 2008, at the age of 71, Steele toured in the lead role of the stage musical Doctor Dolittle, and has reprised his role as Scrooge every Christmas season since 2009.

Tommy Steele, November 1999.
He was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1958 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the BBC Television Theatre.

Personal life and other talents[edit]

Steele was born in Bermondsey, London. He married Ann Donoghue at St. Patrick's Church, Soho Square, London, in 1960.[16] They have one daughter, Emma.
In the early 1980s, Steele wrote and published a novel titled The Final Run about World War II and the evacuation of Dunkirk.
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 the television film, Quincy's Quest, in 1979, in which Steele played Quincy and Mel Martin played Quincy's girlfriend doll, Rebecca.
He is a respected sculptor and three of his major works have been on public display: Bermondsey Boy at the Rotherhithe Civic Centre[citation needed] and Eleanor Rigby which he sculpted and gave to the City of Liverpool as a tribute to the Beatles. The statue stands in Stanley Street, Liverpool, not far from the Cavern Club. Steele has another sculpture featuring two rugby players on display at Twickenham Stadium. He is also an artist of some note and has exhibited at the Royal Academy.
Steele is mentioned briefly in Ian Fleming's James Bond novel Thunderball.
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.
Steele co-wrote many of his early songs with Lionel Bart and Mike Pratt, but he used the pseudonym of Jimmy Bennett from 1958 onwards.[17]

Claimed meeting with Elvis Presley in Britain[edit]

For many years it was thought that Elvis Presley had never set foot in Britain, apart from spending a few minutes on the tarmac at Prestwick Airport in Scotland where his military plane, en route to the United States after completing his army service in West Germany, stopped to refuel. However, on 21 April 2008, in a BBC Radio 2 interview with theatre impresario Bill Kenwright, it was claimed that Presley, then 23, had visited Britain for a day, after 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. 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."
Press officers employed by Stagecoach, the company that owns Prestwick Airport, rapidly issued a statement requesting proof, photographic or otherwise, of the said meeting. Until such proof is provided, they will continue to describe their property, Prestwick Airport, as being the only place in Britain where Elvis Presley ever set foot and will not be removing the marker, photographs and special lounge at their airport which relate to their claim.[18][19]
Lamar Fike, a former member of the Memphis Mafia, who lived with Presley at the time, has posted a claim that it was he, not Presley, who visited London and Steele for a day in 1958.[20]


Partial discography:[21]


With the Steelmen
  • "Rock With the Caveman" / "Rock Around the Town" – UK No. 13 (Decca 1956)
  • "Doomsday Rock" / "Elevator Rock" – (Decca 1956)
  • "Singing the Blues" / "Rebel Rock" – UK No. 1 (Decca 1956)
  • "Knee Deep in the Blues" / "Teenage Party" – UK No. 15 (Decca 1957)
  • "Butterfingers" / "Cannibal Pot" – UK No. 8 (Decca 1957)
  • "Water, Water" / "A Handful of Songs" – UK No. 5 (Decca 1957) with lyrics partially based on The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
  • "Shiralee" / "Grandad's Rock" – UK No. 11 (Decca 1957)
  • "Hey You!" / "Plant a Kiss" – UK No. 28 (Decca 1957)
  • "Happy Guitar" / "Princess" – UK No. 20 (Decca 1958)
  • "Nairobi" / "Neon Sign" – UK No. 3 (Decca 1958)
  • "The Only Man on the Island" / "I Puts the Lightie On" – UK No. 16 (Decca 1958)[1]
  • "It's All Happening" / "What Do You Do?" – (Decca 1958 )
  • "Come On, Let's Go" / "Put a Ring on Her Finger" – UK No. 10 (Decca 1958)
  • "A Lovely Night" / "Marriage Type Love" – (Decca 1958)
  • "Hiawatha" / "The Trial" – (Decca 1959)
  • "Tallahassee Lassie" / "Give! Give! Give!" – UK No. 16 (Decca 1959)
  • "Give! Give! Give!" – UK No. 28 (Decca 1959)
  • "You Were Mine" / "Young Ideas" – (Decca 1959)
  • "Little White Bull" / "Singing Time" – UK No. 6 (Decca 1959)
  • "What a Mouth (What a North and South)" / "Kookaburra" – UK No. 5 (Decca 1960)
  • "Happy Go Lucky Blues" / "Girl with the Long Black Hair" – (Decca 1960)
  • "Must Be Santa" / "Boys and Girls" – UK No. 40 (Decca 1960)
  • "My Big Best Shoes" / "The Dit Dit Song" – (Decca 1961)
  • "The Writing on the Wall" / "Drunken Guitar" – UK 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)[1]


  • Tommy Steele Stage Show – UK No. 5 (Decca 1957)
  • The Tommy Steele Story – UK No. 1 (Decca 1957)
  • The Duke Wore Jeans (Soundtrack) – UK No. 1 (Decca 1958)[1]
  • Tommy Steele Everything's Coming Up BROADWAY – (Liberty 1965)
  • My Life, My Song - (Pye 1974)
  • Singin' in the Rain – Original London Cast 1984 (Cast Masters 1995)
  • Some Like It Hot – Original London Cast (First Night Records 1996)
  • Scrooge: The Musical – Original London Cast (BK Records)
  • Half a Sixpence – Original London Cast 1963 (Must Close Saturday 2006)
  • Cinderella – Original London Cast 1958 (Hallmark 2011)


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