Chanteur Anglais né Thomas Charles Bruce, le 16 Juillet 1937 à Londres. Tommy Bruce est décédé d'un cancer à la prostate le 10 Juillet 2006.

Tommy Bruce was an odd part of the pre-Beatles British rock scene and still totally unknown in America, although he did have one big British hit when his debut single "Ain't Misbehavin'" got to number three in 1960. Bruce had an extremely low, hoarse voice that wasn't too dissimilar from growlers like Howlin' Wolf and Dr. John. Before getting too excited by the comparisons, it should be noted that Bruce wasn't nearly as powerful or nuanced a singer as either of them. He had a froggier timbre and far more given to hamming it up. Perhaps there was a little of Fats Waller in him as well; unfortunately, there was also a good amount of British music hall in most of his records, which veered toward pop novelty more than rock & roll.
Ex-boxer Bruce wasn't even a professional singer when he made the acquaintance of Barry Mason, who would later write hit songs like Tom Jones' "Delilah" and the Fortunes' "Here It Comes Again." He was, indeed, still working as a porter in the fruit and vegetable market of Covent Garden in London when Mason moved into the building in which he was living. Mason asked Bruce to a recording session, cut him doing Fats Waller's "Ain't Misbehavin'," and used an acetate to get Bruce a deal with Columbia UK. Bruce was actually still working in the market when "Ain't Misbehavin'" (with phrasing quite reminiscent of the Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace") became a hit, though he soon turned professional.
Over the first half of the 1960s Bruce put out quite a few other singles for Columbia, though only a couple of those became low-charting U.K. hits, "Broken Doll" (1960) and "Babette" (1962). He crossed paths with some interesting people in those years, like arranger Charles Blackwell and Peter Stirling, who was in his backup band the Bruisers (and who wrote the Merseybeats' hits "I Think of You" and "Don't Turn Around"). He also passed on the chance to record the Mitch Murray song "How Do You Do It" in 1962, before it was demoed (and rejected) by the Beatles or became a hit (in 1963) for Gerry & the Pacemakers. Nonetheless, his early-'60s singles were pretty forgettable novelties or frivolous pop songs with only hints of rock & roll, only occasionally going into straight rock, as on his cover of Johnny Kidd's "Shakin' All Over."
After the onset of the Beatles and the beat boom, Bruce did update his sound a little into light pop/rock and some soul-R&B, although his voice wasn't too well-suited for the British Invasion. There were even covers of songs by John Lee Hooker, Rufus Thomas, and Pete Dello (later of Honeybus) on his mid-'60s singles, and he was still recording in the late '60s for CBS, though he never reached the charts again. Much of his material is featured on the 2002 collection That's Rock 'N' Roll.

http://www.tommybruce.co.uk/

Talents : Singer

Style musical : Rock 'n' Roll

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AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' (1960)

I'M ON FIRE (1960)

SHAKIN' ALL OVER (1961)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles & EP

05/1960 SP COLUMBIA DB 4453 (UK) . TOMMY BRUCE & The BRUISERS - Ain't Misbehavin' / Got The Water Boilin'
09/1960 SP COLUMBIA DB 4498 (UK) . TOMMY BRUCE & The BRUISERS - Broken Doll / I'm On Fire
11/1960 SP COLUMBIA DB 4532 (UK) . TOMMY BRUCE & The BRUISERS - On The Sunny Side Of The Street / My Little Girl
02/1961 SP COLUMBIA DB 4581 (UK) . TOMMY BRUCE & The BRUISERS - You Make Love So Well /  I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby
02/1961 EP COLUMBIA SEG 8077 (UK) TOMMY BRUCE & The BRUISERS - KNOCKOUT - Shakin' All Over / Give Me Some More / Gladrag Doll / Heavens Above
1961 SP COLUMBIA DB 4682 (UK) . TOMMY BRUCE & The BRUISERS - Love Honour And Oh! Baby / I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write
1962 SP COLUMBIA DB 4776 (UK) . Babette / Honey Girl You're Lonely
1962 SP COLUMBIA DB 4850 (UK) . Horror Movies / It's You
11/1962 SP COLUMBIA DB 4927 (UK) . TOMMY BRUCE & The BARBER BOYS - Buttons And Bows / London Boys
1963 SP COLUMBIA DB 7025 (UK) . Let's Do It Let's Fall In Love / Two Feet Left
1963 SP COLUMBIA DB 7132 (UK) . Lavender Blue / Sixteen Years Ago Tonight
1963 SP COLUMBIA DB 4992 (UK) . BRUISERS - My Heart Commands Me / Welcome Stranger
07/1963 SP PARLOPHONE R5042 (UK) . BRUISERS - Blue Girl / Don't Cry
09/1963 SP PARLOPHONE R5063 (UK) . LEE STIRLING & THE BRUISERS - I Could If I Wanted To / Right From The Start
12/1963 SP PARLOPHONE R5092 (UK) . BRUISERS - Your Turn To Cry / I Don't Understand
03/1964 SP COLUMBIA DB 7241 (UK) . BRUISERS - Let It Be Me / No More
1964 SP PARLOPHONE R5112 (UK) . BRUISERS - Now That I've Found You / Believe
1964 SP PARLOPHONE R5158 (UK) . BRUISERS - Sad Lonely And Blue / I'm Looking For Someone To Love
1964 SP PARLOPHONE R5198 (UK) . BRUISERS - Everything Will Be Alright / You'll Be Mine
1964 SP COLUMBIA DB 7387 (UK) . Over Suzanne / It's Drivin' Me Wild
01/1965 SP POLYDOR BM 56006 (UK) . Boom Boom / Can Your Monkey Do The Dog
1966 SP RCA VICTOR 1535 (UK) . Monster Gonzales / I Hate Getting Up In The Morning
1968 SP CBS 3405 (UK) . I've Been Around Too Long / Where The Colour Of The Soil Is Different
1968 SP CBS 3937 (UK) . Heartbreak Melody / The Reason Why
06/1978 EP EMI 2808 (UK) TOMMY BRUCE & The BRUISERS - Ain't Misbehavin' / Got The Water Boilin' / Shakin' All Over / Glad Rag Doll
1985 EP DYNAMIC SOUND ? (UK) GREATEST HITS - Bony Maronie / Chantilly Lace / Ain’t Misbehavin’





Albums

1985 LP 12" AUTOGRAPH 787 (UK) GREATEST HITS
2002 CD RPM 241 (UK) THAT'S ROCK 'N' ROLL - Ain't Misbehavin' / Got The Water Boilin' / Broken Doll / I'm On Fire / My Little Girl / You Make Love So Well / I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby / Love, Honour And Oh! Baby / Shakin' All Over / Babette / Honey Girl, You're Lonely / It's You / Buttons And Bows / The London Boys / Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love) / Two Left Feet  / Lavender Blue / Let It Be Me / No More / Over Suzanne / It's Drivin' Me Wild / Boom Boom / Can Your Monkey Do The Dog / Monster Gonzales / Where The Colour Of The Soil Is Different
06/2006 CD CHARLY ? (UK)

TOMMY BRUCE'S AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' - Sunny Side Of The Street / Chantilly Lace / Buttons And Bows / Bony Maroni / Blueberry Hill / Ain't Misbehavin' (Re-recording by Original Artist) / Let's Do It / Lavender Blue / Give Me Your Word

01/2007 CD ONE MEDIA ? (UK) LAVENDER BLUE - Ain't Misbehavin' / Lavender Blue / Buttons And Bows / Sunny Side On The Street / Blueberry Hill / Chantilly Lace / Give Me Your Word / Let's Do It / Bony Marone / Boom Boom
06/2009 CD JUKEBOX ? (UK) SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET - Ain't Misbehavin' / Lavender Blue / Buttons & Bows / Sunny Side Of The Street / Blueberry Hill / Chantilly Lace / Give Me Your Hand / Let's Do It
07/2009 CD VANILLA OMP ? (UK) THE BEST OF TOMMY BRUCE - Blueberry Hill / Ain't Misbehavin' / Lavender Blue / Let's Do It / Chantilly Lace / Sunny Side On The Street / Bony Moronie / Buttons And Bows / Give Me Your Word / Boom Boom
2009 CD NGROOVES ? (UK) LET'S DO IT - Lavender Blue / On The Sunny Side Of The Street / Blueberry Hill / Chantilly Lace / Give Me Your Word / Buttons And Bows / Let's Do It
20?? 2 CD ? (UK) THE DEFINITIVE TOMMY BRUCE COLLECTION :
CD 1 : Boom Boom / No More / Over Suzanne / Driving Me Wild / Got The Water Boilin’ / Love Honour And Oh Baby / Babbette / Sixteen Years Ago Tonight / Let It Be Me / Can Your Monkey Do The Dog / Shakin’ All Over / We Are The London Boys / Monster Gonzales / Live Tracks from The Floral Pavilion New Brighton 2003 : Chantilly Lace / Blueberry Hill / Ain’t Misbehavin’ / Boom Boom / Great Balls Of Fire / Bonie Moronie 
CD 2 : Give Me Your Word / You Make Love So Well / I Guess I’ve Been Around To Long / Heartbreak Melody / Ain’t Misbehavin’ / The Colour OF The Soil Is Different / Dancing Cheek To Cheek / Buttons And Bows / The Reason Why / Let’s Do It / Always / Crazy ‘bout My Baby / My Little Girl / You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby / Lavender Blue / On The Sunny Side Of The Street / But I Do / Stars And Garters Medley
02/2011 CD ONE MEDIA ? (UK) CHANTILLY LACE - Blueberry Hill / Buttons And Bows / Chantilly Lace / Give Me Your Word / Lavender Blue / Let's Do It / Sunny Side Of The Street

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