Tommy Steele will always acknowledged as the first ever British rock'n'roll star and his first singles were modelled not on Elvis but on Bill Haley's Comets or cover versions of Guy Mitchell songs.While the American model was founded on country and black music Steele was closer to the music hall tradition and his last sizeable hit in 1960 was a Harry Champion song called What A Mouth.
By this time he was heading towards his real forte which was the musical theatre and his movies reflected this.
Rock'n'roll became a case of the odd isolated record such as his 1961 hit with Tallahhassee Lassie which outsold the original by Freddy Cannon-who would go on to bigger things a few months later.In 1962 Steele cut a version of Brook Benton's ode to modesty-Hit Record-a song which told the listener how to make a hit! However his chart days were numbered as the theatre became his stamping ground and where he really made his name as an international artist.
Tommy Steele was unusual in another way re the music business as a morally upstanding citizen who kept the same wife and never had problems with any kind of hedonism.He's also a pretty famous sculptor and presented the Liverpool Council with his statue of Eleanor Rigby which can be seen in Matthew Street.It actually cost the city half a sixpence as well!!
This CD is a 60 tracker which includes all the A & B sides of his records plus a few selected album tracks.Its outstanding value and is part of Decca's "Years" series