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5.0 out of 5 stars First British rock star, 28 Jun 2003
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Peter Durward Harris "Pete the music fan" (Leicester England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Tommy Steele The Decca Years 1956-1963 (Audio CD)
Tommy’s place in British rock history has been largely ignored, possibly because he was always more interested in being an all-round family entertainer, something at which he became hugely successful in the sixties and beyond. As a singer-actor, he appeared in several successful West end plays and also appeared in several movies, including Finian’s rainbow alongside Fred Astaire and Petula Clark.
Nevertheless, Tommy’s earliest successes were as a singer – he was Britain’s first indigenous rock’n’roll star. Although some of his hits were covers of American songs (the prevailing fashion in fifties Britain), he did not rely entirely on those. Indeed, he wrote some of his own songs.
His first British chart success was with Rock with the caveman, a typical slice of rock’n’roll. His biggest success (and only number one hit) was with a cover of Singing the blues. Curiously, Tommy’s version and Guy Mitchell’s version both reached number one in Britain – they swapped places at the top of the charts. Many people think that Guy’s version was the original, but actually both were covers – Marty Robbins recorded the original version. Both Guy and Tommy also covered another Marty original, Knee deep in the blues.
As time went by, Tommy’s desire to be an all-round entertainer was reflected in the diversity of material that he recorded. Among his other British hits were Butterfly (but it was Andy Williams who topped the charts with it), Handful of songs, Water water, Shiralee, Nairobi, Happy guitar and the children’s song Little white bull.
This compilation shows the full range of Tommy’s talents as a singer, including covers of folk songs (Where have all the flowers gone, Lonesome traveller), country songs (Kaw-liga) as well as more rock’n’roll songs, stage and screen songs and the Christmas song Must be Santa.
It is difficult to assess the true significance of Tommy’s contribution to British rock history, but it is certainly far greater than he is given credit for.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British rock'n'roll starts right here, 5 Feb 2007
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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
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A DREAM COME TRUE., 22 May 2006
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George H. Wells (Hauppauge, New York United States) - See all my reviews
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The sound quality is great. I love these old songs but had forgotten how beautiful some are and also the power of Doomsday Rock, which song should never be forgotten.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Slice of the Best, 8 Aug 2005
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Shari Cohen (El Cajon, CA USA) - See all my reviews
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This is more an early anthology of Tommy Steele's songs in the early years of his career. You can hear the progression of his era from coffee house atmosphere to Broadway hits. It certainly has enough songs to get hours of listening enjoyment. A slice of history and a slice of the best of Tommy Steele. I'm thoroughly enjoying this CD Set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Item AAA+++, 2 Feb 2014
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Great Item A+ A+ A+ I have recommended the the great service I will buy again I am delighed to recommend this product to others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Early fan of Tommy Steele., 21 Jan 2013
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The first LPs that I ever bought were 'The Tommy Steele Story' and 'The Tommy Steele Stage Show'. Then I bought his singles. I was very disapointed when he deserted 'rock 'n' roll to be an all round entertainer. Now I'm very pleased to have all these tracks on DVDs. They are very good value.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Very Best, 24 Aug 2010
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I still have and play from time to time, my original vinyl from 'The Tommy Steele Story' which I bought with my pocket money having seen the film five tīmes at the cinema in 1957. However, being able to group all the tracks and more on a new CD, which I can now download on an IPod thanks to my daughter, really does bring the past into the present in a great way. I thoroughly recommend this CD which groups the best of Tommy's songs, brings back lots of memories and hopefully will introduce some 'fun' music to a new generation. If you missed Tommy Steele by being too old or too young, you need to catch up with this CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars memory recalli, 8 Jan 2010
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Mr. R. Farrow (lowestoft suffolk uk) - See all my reviews
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i'd forgotten a lot of these tracks but when they started to play it all came back.every track is a gem.from rock with the cave man ,singing the blues,half a sixpence it really jogs your memory back to when teenage pop was young.oh! those glorious '50s .brilliant.
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