Chanteur Rock 'n' Roll et acteur anglais nť Thomas Hicks, le 17 Dťcembre 1936 ŗ Bermondsey, prŤs de Londres. Il fut la premiŤre vedette du Rock 'n' Roll en Angleterre.

You'd never know it to look at film of him today, but during the summer of 1956, Tommy Steele became England's first home-grown rock 'n roller. Or he wasn't a rock 'n roller at all. Some 43 years after he first charted a record, many pop-music scholars still question whether Tommy Steele belongs on a list of rock 'n roll performers. But whatever he was, in 1956, England had never seen anything quite like him. He was born Tommy Hicks on Dec. 17, 1936 in Bermondsey, South London, to a working class family. In 1952, at age 15, he joined the merchant navy, and for the next four years, he worked on the Cunard line. He was hospitalized at one point during his time at Cunard, and during his convalescence, learned to play the guitar. Hicks began singing and performing for his fellow merchant seamen and discovered that he had a natural ability as an entertainer, with a special affinity for country-and- western songs, and for comedy. During shore leave, he began appearing at American air force bases, among other venues, often with a country band called the Sons of the Saddle, led by a Canadian named Jack Fallon. Hicks made it a point, whenever he was ashore in the United States, to listen to as much music as he could find. In early 1956, he chanced to see Elvis Presley on the Dorsey Brothers' Stage Show and Milton Berle. During the spring of 1956, Hicks met Lionel Bart and Mike Pratt, two songwriters who were also working as performers and had an interest in this new brand of music that was coming over from America. At that time, Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock" had become a hit in England, but the new music wasn't yet sweeping the British charts the way it was in America-Elvis's first single and album had received only limited release in the UK, a result of the end, during early 1956, of EMI's longstanding licensing agreement with RCA-Victor. The particulars of rock 'n roll eluded many English listeners and even music professionals. The country had no blues tradition, and a contact with jazz that was restricted almost entirely to a restricted, very conservative Dixieland-based style called "trad" (which, itself, wasn't welcomed in a lot of the best performing venues), which was starting to sell records. The blues and r&b elements of early rock 'n roll were imponderables to most teenage listeners and musicians, but the energy and the animated nature of the music was identifiable. A breakthrough of sorts took place in 1955 when a guitarist-singer named Lonnie Donegan introduced a brand of music called skiffle, which mixed blues, folk, country and jazz elements into a coherent whole that was lively and infectious to listen to, when it was done correctly. Donegan became skiffle's superstar and opened up major (although much shorter) careers for acts such as Wally Whyton and the Vipers Skiffle Group and American-born Johnny Duncan; more important, he inspired tens of thousands of British teenagers to buy acoustic guitars, appropriate washboards, and assemble washtub bases to play skiffle. It wasn't rock 'n roll, but it was closer to it than anything heard in England up to that point. Donegan, however, was born in 1931, and had already served in the British army; he was not a teenager, and was more of a musician than a "star, " although he did fill the latter role very well for years. Tommy Hicks formed a band of his own, the Cavemen, with Bart and Pratt while he was on shore leave in London in the summer of 1956. In the summer of that year, Hicks and the Cavemen began playing in coffee bars in London's Soho, where young people were congregating in ever-larger numbers to hear the skiffle bands that were performing there. He was finding an audience, particularly at a coffee bar called The 2 I's, where Hicks and the Cavemen were discovered by a public relations man named John Kennedy. And Kennedy, in turn, convinced impressario Larry Parnes that there was something happening in Soho, and those teenage audiences and the musicians they were turning out to see, that could be turned into a viable national career for someone, and that Tommy Hicks and the Cavemen had a good chance of doing just that. He was rechristened Tommy Steele, the first of a string of Parnes clients who took on names like Duffy Power and Billy Fury. Orchestrated by Parnes, Tommy Steele was given a big publicity build-up, booked into fashionable London clubs, and pushed as the new favorite of the upscale teenage female population. Parnes's campaign worked, and Steele was soon being scouted by numerous record labels. One of those executives who came down to The 2 I's was George Martin, the head of Parlophone Records, who passed on Steele. Instead, it was English Decca that signed Tommy Steele during the early fall of 1956. (Martin did end up signing the Vipers Skiffle Group). For their recording debut, the trio cut an original song, "Rock With the Caveman," with help from some British jazz notables (including saxman Ronnie Scott), who got billed at the Steelmen. The new singing star made his television debut in October of 1956, and was immediately booked for a second appearance when thousands of letters arrived requesting to see him again. "Rock With the Caveman" made the British top-20, a respectable start for a previously unknown artist working with one of his own songs. Listening to it today, it seems a curiously bland, formulaic effort at rock 'n roll, its use of the word "rock" in the lyrics more than its style identifying it, though he and the band do play hard. In order to appreciate it, however, one must recognized what the state of English popular culture was during the second half of 1956. At that time, a few British jazz bands were beginning to add rock 'n roll to their repertories or, in some cases, retooling themselves entirely. Tony Crombie & His Rockets, in particular, were starting to make a lot of noise and names for themselves at dances. Their model was Bill Haley's Comets; this band and others like it were sax-driven, with lots of rhythm guitar (good lead guitarists being almost impossible to find), their songs relying on rousing repetitive choruses and a heavy beat, rather than any particular cleverness or flair in their lyricsó forget Chuch Berry, the Brits didn't even have anyone with Bill Haley's non-existent songwriting ability in their midst. And, as was the case with Haley, none of them was especially youthful or particularly charismatic, and English teenagers found little of compelling. Then along came Tommy Steele, who was all of 19 years old and sang and played a guitar. He had a toothy smile, wore his hair in what was considered an unkempt manner (compared with the proper way most English performers groomed themselves), and seemed possessed of boundless energy and humor. He was no blues singer or stylist like Elvis Presley, his voice more pleasant than powerful, his demeanor more genial than threatening, but the latter was actually a point in Steele's favor in becoming a star in England-Elvis's overtly sexual presence gave Americans pause, and would have been impossible to emulate in England. His songs, especially the early ones, were uniquely English variants on a rock 'n roll sound, honking saxes in front of a basic rhythm-guitar-and-piano backing, with maybe a little moderately amplified jazz-type lead guitar ("Doomsday Rock") and lyrics that included lines like "The British Museum's got my head" (on "Rock With The Caveman"). They did the job, as did covers of American hits like Melvin Endsley's "Singing The Blues" and the Charlie Gracie hit "Butterfly." Only a month after "Rock With The Caveman" made the British top 20, Steele was voted one of the top 10 male British singers in a New Musical Express poll, and on his first major tour found himself greeted by hoards of screaming fans. His second single, "Doomsday Rock, " failed to chart, but his third, "Singing The Blues," bumped Guy Mitchell's version from the No. 1 spot on the British charts. By early 1957, Steele had made his first screen appearance, in a small role as a singer in the thriller Kill Me Tomorrow, directed by Hammer Films alumnus Terence Fisher. By February of that year, the production of the movie The Tommy Steele Story had begun-shot in less than three weeks, it was in theaters in May of 1957, just in time to herald his second major British tour, on which he was billed with the American rock 'n roll band Freddie Bell & the Bellboys. There were also the Decca albums, The Tommy Steele Stage Show and other early 10-inch LPs, which had a decent quota of well played songs. Two songs off The Tommy Steele Story, "Handful of Songs" and "Water, Water," later charted in the British top 5. Steele display more versatility with the Calypso-flavored "Water, Water, " the orchestrated pop song "Butterfingers" and also the folkish number "Shiralee," which was recorded for the movie of the same name. The latter was a most impressive performance, showing a depth and maturity that had previously eluded him. Everything associated with Steele seemed poised for success. Among his two Cavemen associates, Lionel Bart later went on to compose the musical Oliver!, which became one of the most massively popular British musicals in history, and which yielded a hit blockbuster film (one of the last old-style musicals of the 1960's to turn a significant profit for its makers) from Columbia Pictures in 1968. Mike Pratt, for his part, became a television star in England. Steele's second movie, The Duke Wore Jeans, was in production in September of 1957, and the following month, English audiences voted him the No. 2 World Music Personality, outpolled only by Elvis Presley. That same month, he was the star of his own television special, and appeared in the Royal Variety Show before an audience that included members of the Royal Family. The following year, Steele made his first international tour, of Europe and South Africa, which was followed by a British tour on which, at Dundee, he was mobbed by fans and injured so seriously that he was forced to take two months off from performing. During the summer of 1958, Steele appeared in the premiere episode of Oh Boy!, a new televised musical showcase, whose line-up also included a newcomer to professional music named Cliff Richard. It was a harbinger of things to come. Steele continued to record some rock 'n roll, including a version of Ritchie Valens' "Come On, Let's Go" (which was produced by Joe Meek), but increasingly, his output consisted of pop-style numbers, including show tunes. "Give! Give! Give!" b/w "Tallahassee Lassie" were his last rock 'n roll sides, in 1959. Steele's version of the Freddy Cannon hit is perfectly credible rock 'n roll. By that time, Cliff Richard and his backing band the Shadows had ushered in a new wave of British rock 'n roll with "Move It"- an original song that felt and sounded American-and its immediate follow-up records. It was Richard, not Steele, who starred in Expresso Bongo (1959), a film based on a satirical play that had been inspired by Steele's rise to fame. From the beginning, Steele had aimed at having a career as a more diversified entertainer, in part out of personal preference-he liked American rock 'n roll, but he also appreciated other kinds of music-and some biographers believe that the 1958 incident in which he was injured pushed him into the decision to move out of rock 'n roll once and for all. Additionally, the direction of Steele's career out of rock 'n roll proved to be a typical career course for Parnes's clients, and most British rock 'n roll stars (and, for that matter, many of the biggest white American stars, most obviously Elvis). Some of it was a result of expediency-nobody knew how long the teenage fixation on rock 'n roll would last, and managers and the artists themselves wanted to maintain their careers and build on it, not become trapped in a musical genre that, it was presumed, could go stale for the public at any time. Steele remained popular with younger listeners, and was voted among the top 5 British male singers of 1959. He did two more movies that year, Tommy The Toreador and Light Up the Sky, the latter a World War II comedy that also featured comedian Benny Hill. His single "You Were Mine" (a cover of the Fireflies' hit) failed to chart, but in 1960 he scored another top 10 single with "Little White Bull," a soft children's song (Steele contributed all of the royalties to the Children's Cancer Research fund) from Tommy The Toreador. An Australian tour followed, which reunited him with the Steelmen and also featured a 15-piece backing band led by Harry Robinson aka Lord Rockingham. Steele got married that June to Ann Donoghue, but apart from a week's honeymoon, barely slowed his career. He spent that summer appearing at the Blackpool Opera House in a record-breaking season with veteran entertainer Alma Cogan. Most British teenagers thought of Steele as passe by 1960, however. It was four years since he'd broken into the charts, and a whole new wave of children had reached their teen years, listening to Elvis (whose records, a little later than they did in America, did top the charts in England), Gene Vincent, Buddy Holly, Cliff Richard, Billy Fury, and other much harder sounds than Tommy Steele. In a sense, however, Steele was more successful than any of them in advancing out of rock 'n roll, which was what he wanted to do. By 1963, he was a new sensation on the London stage in the musical Half A Sixpence (based on the H.G. Wells novel Kipps), and he followed this with a hit run on Broadway in the same play two years later. Steele had successfully reinvented himself. Two years after the opening of the show's Broadway run, he did a Hollywood hat-trick that he could scarcely have dreamt of when he formed the Cavemen 11 years earlier, by starring in three big-budget, big studio film in a single year-the film version of Half A Sixpence, the Disney film The Happiest Millionaire, and Finian's Rainbow. In contrast to his low-budget rock 'n roll movies, none of which took more than three weeks to film and most of which were dumped on the American market, these were color, widescreen movies shot over a period of months and given a wide release all over the world. Finian's Rainbow, in particular, was something of a pinnacle in Steele's feature film career, teaming him up with Fred Astaire and Petula Clark, both of whom were already established screen stars (in Astaire's case, a legend) when he was still working for Cunard-not bad for a working class boy who had to go to sea when he was 15. Steele's rock 'n roll era was well behind him by the time the smoke cleared from this series of big films. From that day forward, when he did perform, it was far more likely to be songs like "Half A Sixpence" than "Rock With the Caveman" or even "Singing The Blues." He has played more legitimate theater and big-budget musicals than rock 'n roll for more than 35 years and, as a more personal creative endeavor, has also cultivated a flair for art and graphic design. Tommy Steele's reputation as a rock 'n roller over the years has risen and fallen, depending upon the which side of his music output was available and who was doing the writing. A lot of Britons who were simply kids listening to records back when he started making them still love his work to this day (Decca was reissuing his original LPs as 10-inch discs in the early 1980's), and few Englishmen over the age of 25 have harsh words to say about him. Some scholars and historians feel differently, deriding Steele as a manufactured pretender, rather than a real rock 'n roller. Other call him "the most innovative and influential act of the 1950's" in England, although that's a bit extreme-Lonnie Donegan and Cliff Richard are certainly in the running for that designation. Steele's success as a rock 'n roller was important, vitally so, in several respects. His music proved that English musicians could, after a fashion, write and play something roughly akin to American-style rock 'n roll without being too loud or crude (two impediments to rock 'n roll's acceptance, or at least being tolerated, in England); additionally, his success drew a major British record company into rock 'n roll, which was doubly important considering that Decca had passed on signing Lonnie Donegan a year earlier because they doubted that the skiffle boom would last. Additionally, his music and its success were also a vital link in the chain of evolution from Lonnie Donegan to Cliff Richard, which helped pave the way, indirectly, for the Beatles and all that followed. Most important at the time, he was the first English teenager to elicit excitement with his music from the mass public and, incidental to his popularity, he wrote or co-wrote many of his own songs in the beginning (which was understandable, in part, because few professional songwriters in England at that time could compose rock 'n roll). Performers such as Cliff Richard, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones (who provoked a legendary riot at Royal Albert Hall in October 1966, just by taking the stage) would elicit stronger reactions, but Steele was the English teenager who let the genie out of the bottle, even if he wasn't the genie.

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Talents : Singer, Guitar, Actor

Style musical : Rock 'n' Roll, Pop

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PLANT A KISS

REBEL ROCK

SINGING THE BLUES

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles & EP

1956 SP DECCA F10795 (US) . Rock With The Caveman / Rock Around The Town
1956 SP DECCA F10808 (UK) . Doomsday Rock / Elevator Rock
1956 SP DECCA F10819 (UK) . Singing The Blues / Rebel Rock
1957 SP DECCA F10849 (UK) . Knee Deep In The Blues / Teenage Party
1957 SP DECCA F10877 (UK) .. Butterfingers / Cannibal Pot
1957 SP DECCA F10896 (UK) . Shiralee / Grandad's Rock
1957 SP DECCA F10923 (UK) . Water Water / A Handful Of Songs
1957 SP DECCA F10941 (UK) . Hey You! / Plant A Kiss
1957 EP DECCA DFE 6388 (UK) YOUNG LOVE - Young Love / Doomsday Rock / Wedding Bells / Rock With The Cavemen
1957 EP DECCA DFE 6389 (UK) SINGING THE BLUES - Singing The Blues / Rebel Rock / Knee Deep In The Blues / Elevator Rock
1957 EP DECCA DFE 6398 (UK) THE TOMMY STEELE STORY No. 1 Ė Take Me Back Baby / Water, Water / Will It Be You? / Build Up
1957 EP DECCA DFE 6424 (UK)
THE TOMMY STEELE STORY No. 2 - A Handful Of Songs / Cannibal Pot / Time To Kill / You Gotta Go
1957 EP DECCA 457 000 (F) 1 - Rock With The Cavemen / Rock Around The Town / Rebel Rock / Singing The Blues
10/1957 EP DECCA 457 001 (F) 2 - Doomsday Rock / Young Love / Elevator Rock / Knee Deep In The Blues
02/1958 EP DECCA 457 005 (F) THE TOMMY STEELE STORY - Hey You / Nairobi / Plant A Kiss / Neon Sign
02/1958 EP DECCA DFE 6398 (F) THE TOMMY STEELE STORY - Take Me Back, Baby / Water, Water / Will It Be You / Build Up
1958 SP DECCA F10976 (UK) . Happy Guitar / Princess
1958 SP DECCA F10991 (UK) . Nairobi / Neon Sign
1958 EP DECCA DFE 6424 (F) THE TOMMY STEELE STORY - A Handful Of Songs / Cannibal Pot / Time To Kill / You Gotta Go
1958 SP DECCA F11026 (UK) . It's All Happening / What Do You Do
1958 SP DECCA F11041 (UK) . The Only Man In The Island / I Puts The Lightie On
1958 SP DECCA F11072 (UK) . Come On Let's Go / Put A Ring On Her Finger
1958 SP DECCA F11089 (UK) . A Lovely Night / Marriage Type Love
1958 EP DECCA DFE 6472 (UK) DUKE WORE JEANS  Ė Photograph / Hair-Down Hoe Down / Princess / Happy Guitar
1958 EP DECCA DFE 6551 (UK)

TOMMY STEELE Ė Come On, Letís Go / Put A Ring On Her Finger / The Only Man On The Island / Number Twenty-Two Across The Way

1959 SP DECCA F11117 (UK) . Hiawatha / The Trial
1959 SP DECCA F11152 (UK) . Tallahassee Lassie / Give Give Give
1959 SP DECCA F11162 (UK) . You Were Mine / Young Ideas
1959 SP DECCA F11177 (UK) . Little White Bull / Singing Time
1959 EP DECCA DFE 6592 (UK) TOMMY Ė Iím A Little Blackbird / Georgia On My Mind / Sweet Georgia Brown / Mandy, Make Up Your Mind
1959 EP DECCA DFE 6607 (UK)

TOMMY THE TOREADOR Ė Tommy The Toreador / Whereís The Birdie? / Little White Bull / Amanda / Take A Ride / Singing Time

12/1959 EP DECCA DFE 6607 (F) TOMMY THE TOREADOR Ė Tommy The Toreador / Take A Ride / Where's The Birdie / Little White Bull / Singing Time / Amanda
1960 SP DECCA F11245 (UK) . What A Mouth / Kookaburra
1960 SP DECCA F11275 (UK) . Happy Go Lucky Blues / The Girl With The Long Black Hair
1960 SP DECCA F11299 (UK) . Must Be Santa / Boys And Girls
1960 EP DECCA DFE 6660 (UK) WHAT A MOUTH Ė What A Mouth / Kookaburra / Little Darliní / Holleriní & Screaminí
1961 SP DECCA F11361 (UK) . My Big Best Shoes / The Dit Dit Song
1961 SP DECCA F11372 (UK) . Writing On The Wall / Drunken Guitar
1962 SP DECCA F11479 (UK) . Hit Record / What A Little Darling
1963 SP DECCA F11532 (UK) . Where Have All The Flowers Gone / Butter Wouldn't Melt In Your Mouth
1963 SP DECCA F11551 (UK) . He's Got Love / Green Eyes
1963 SP DECCA F11615 (UK) . Flash Bang Wallop / She's So Far Above Me
1963 SP COLUMBIA DB 7070 (UK) . Egg And Chips / The Dream Maker
1965 SP RCA VICTOR 1654 (UK) . Half A Sixpence / If The Raon's Got To Fall
1967 SP BUENA VISTA DF 457 (UK) . Fortuosity / I'm A Brass Band Today
1974 SP PYE 7N45393 (UK) . Kingís New Clothes / Wonderful Copenhagen
1984 SP SAFARI SAFE61 (UK) Singiní in the Rain / You Are My Lucky Star
1984 SP SAFARI SAFE62 (UK) . Half A Sixpence / If the Rainís Got To Fall
1985 SP OLD GOLD OG 9536 (UK) . Singing The Blues / Come On, Letís Go

Albums

1957 LP 10" DECCA LF1287 (UK) TOMMY STEELE STAGE SHOW - Giddy Up a Ding-Dong / Treasure of Love / Honky-Tonk Blues / Razzle Dazzle / Kaw-Liga / Teenage Party / Wedding Bells / What Is This Thing Called Love? / On The Move / Rock With The Caveman
1957 LP 10" DECCA LF1288 (UK) THE TOMMY STEELE STORY - Take me Back Baby / Butterfingers / I Like / A Handful of Songs / You Gotta Go / Water, Water / Cannibal Pot / Will It Be You? / Two Eyes / Build Up / Time To Kill / Elevator Rock / Doomsday Rock / Teenage Party
1958 LP 10" DECCA LF1308 (UK) TOMMY STEELE IN THE DUKE WORE JEANS - Itís All Happening / What Do You Do? / Family Tree / Happy Guitar / Hair Down Ho-Down / Princess / Photograph / Thanks A Lot
1959 LP 12" DECCA LK4304 (mono) / SKL4050 (stereo) (UK) CINDERELLA - Overture / In My Own Little Corner  / A Very Special Day / Do I Love You Because Youíre Beautiful? / The Prince Is Giving a Ball / Marriage Type Love / Stepsisterís Lament / Your Majesties / A List Of The Bare Necessities / When Youíre Driving Through the Moonlight / A Lovely Night / Impossible / No Other Love / Ten Minutes Ago / You and Me
1960 LP 12" DECCA LK4351 (UK) GET HAPPY WITH TOMMY STEELE - LIVE - Holleriní & Screaminí / Lonesome Traveler / A Handful Of Songs / Nairobi / Little Darliní / Old Obadiah / What A Mouth / Shiralee / Kookaburra / Tommy, The Toreador / So Long / Shout
1963 LP 12" DECCA SLK4521 (UK) HALF A SIXPENCE - All In The Cause of Economy / Half A Sixpence / Money To Burn / Oak And Ash / Sheís Too Far Above Me / Iím Not Talking To You! / If The Rainís Got To Fall / The Old Military Canal / The One Thatís Run Away / Long Ago / Flash, Bang, Wallop / I Know What I Am / Iíll Build A Palace / I Only Want A Little House
1963 LP 12" COLUMBIA 33SX1537 (mono) / SCX3486 (stereo) (UK) ITíS ALL HAPPENING - Wind And The Rain / Dream Maker / Meeting You / Casbah / Maximum Plus / Somebody Else Not Me / Thatís Liviní, Thatís Loviní / Flamenco / Eggs And Chips / Day Without You
1964 LP 12" COLUMBIA 33SX1674 (mono) / SCX3536 (stereo) (UK) SO THIS IS BROADWAY - Somethingís Coming / Hey There! / It I Were A Bell / Hey, Look Me Over / The Girl That I Marry / Too Close For Comfort / Everythingís Coming Up Roses / I Talk To The Trees / I Wish I Were In Love Again / Happy Talk / They Say Itís Wonderful / There Once Was A Man
1965 LP 12" LIBERTY LRP 3426 (US) EVERTHING'S COMING UP BROADWAY - Too Close For Comfort / Hey Look Me Over / I Wish I Were In Love Again / I Talk To The Trees / Everything's Coming Up Roses / If I Were A Bell / The Girl That I Marry / Hey There! / They Say Iy's Wonderful / Something's Coming / There Once Was A Man / Happy Talk
1965 LP 12" LIBERTY LRP 7566 (US) SIXPENNY MILLIONAIRE - Something's Coming / Hey There! / If I Were A Bell / Hey Look Me Over / The Girl That I Marry / Too Close For Comfort / Everything's Coming Up Roses / I Talk To The Trees / I Wish I Were In Love Again / Happy Talk / They Say It's Wonderful / There Once Was A Man.
1967 LP 12" RCA VICTOR RB6735 (mono) / SB6735 (stereo) (UK) HALF A SIXPENCE - All In The Cause Of Economy / Half A Sixpence / Money To Burn / I Donít believe A Word Of It! / Iím Not Talking To You! / Proper Gentleman / Sheís Too Far Above Me / If The Rainís Got To Fall / Lady Bottingís Boating Regatta Cup Racing Song (The Race Is On) / Flash, Bang, Wallop / I Know What I Am / This Is My World
1967 LP 12" BUENA VISTA BV5001 (mono) / BV5001 (stereo) (UK) THE HAPPIEST MILLIONAIRE - Fortuosity / Whatís Wrong With That / Watch Your Footwork / Valentine Candy / Strengthen The Dwelling / Iíll Always Be Irish / Bye-Yum Pum Pum / Are We Dancing? / I Believe In This Country / Detroit / When A Man Has A Daughter / There Are Those / Letís Have A Drink On It
1968 LP 12" WARNER BROS. ? (UK) FINIANíS RAINBOW - This Time Of The Year / How Are Things In Glocca Morra? / Look To The Rainbow / If This Isnít Love / Somethin Sorta Grandish / The Great Come And Get It Day / Old Devil Moon / When The Idle Poor Become The Idle Rich / When Iím Not Near The Girl I Love / Necessity / Rain Dance Ballet / The Begat Song
1968 LP 12" RCA VICTOR LSO 1146 (US) HALF A SIXPENCE - Overture / All In The Cause Of Enconomy / Half A Sixpence / Money To Burn / I Don't Believe A Word Of It - I'm Not Talking To You / A Proper Gentleman / She's Too Far Above Me / If The Rain's Got To Fall / Regatta Cup Racing Song / Flash, Bang, Wallop Tommy Steele / I Know What I Am / This Is My World / Finale
1969 LP 12" DECCA PA24 (mono) /  SPA24 (stereo) (UK) THE HAPPY WORLD OF TOMMY STEELE - Nairobi / A Handful of Songs / Little White Bull / Flash, Bang, Wallop / Rock With The Caveman / The Only Man On The Island / What A Mouth / Singing The Blues / Marriage Type Love / Hit Record / Shiralee / Sweet Georgia Brown
1971 LP 12" DECCA SPA 137 (UK) WORLD OF TOMMY STEELE, VOL 2 - Hiawatha / Itís All Happening / Kaw-Liga / Young Love / The Writing In The Wall / Happy Guitar / Come On, Letís Go / Green Eye / Wishing Star / Butterfingers / Young Ideas / Sheís Too Far Above Me
1974 LP 12" ARCADE ADEP14 (UK) 40 FAVOURITES - Medley 1:  Consider Yourself - Get Me To The Church On Time - Iím Henry The Eighth I Am - Knees Up Mother Brown - Roll Out The Barrel / Medley 2:  Singing In The Rain - Rambling Rose - Tiptoe Through The Tulips - When The Red Red Robin - On An Slow Boat To China / Medley 3:  Carolina In The Morning - My Mammy - April Showers - Is It True What They Say About Dixie? - Baby Face / Medley 4:  Que Sera, Sera - Cruising Down The River - Wonderful Copenhagen - Tulips From Amsterdam / You Made Me Love You - On Mother Kellyís Doorstep - Iíll Be with You In Apple Blossom Time - In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town - Underneath The Arches / Medley 2:  I Wonder Whoís Kissing Her Now - Hey, Good Looking - Sunny Side Of The Street - Zip A Doo Dah - When Youíre Smiling / Medley 3:  For Me And My Gal - You Are My Lucky Star - You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby - Oh, You Beautiful Doll / Medley 4:  Boiled Beef And Carrots - Any Old Iron - Wotcher - My Old Manís A Dustman - Donít Dilly Dally On The Way - Iíve Got A Lovely Bunch Of Coconuts
1977 2 LP 12" DECCA FOS21/2 (UK) FOCUS ON TOMMY STEELE :
DISC 1 : A Handful Of Songs / Rock With The Caveman / Elevator Rock / Nairobi / Happy Guitar / Shiralee / Young Love / Signing The Blues / Water, Water / Razzle Dazzle / The Only Man On The Island  / Sweet Georgia Brown / Marriage Type Love / Kaw-Liga
DISC 2 : Little White Bull / Butterfingers / Rebel Rock / Georgia On My Mind / Cannibal Pot / Kookaburra / Knee Deep In  The Blues / Flash, Bang, Wallop / Where Have All The Flowers Gone? / Giddy-Up A Ding Dong / Hiawatha / Come On, Letís Go / Sheís Too Far Above Me / What A Mouth
1979 LP 12" RONCO RTD2041 (UK) FAMILY ALBUM - Handful Of Songs / Matchstick Men And Matchstick Cats And Dogs / Flash, Bang, Wallop / Sometimes When We Touch / High Hopes / The Runaway Train / Bridge Over Troubled Waters / Singing In The Rain / Bright Eyes / Wonderful Copenhagen / Windmills Of Old Amsterdam / Half A Sixpence / What A Mouth / Sweet Caroline / King Of The Road / Little White Bull / Singing The Blues / Puff, The Magic Dragon / When Iím 64 / Superbird
1984 LP 12" SAFARI RAIN1 (UK) SINGING IN THE RAIN - Fit As A Fiddle / Temptation / I Canít Give You Anything But Love / Be A Clown / Too Marvelous For Words / You Are My Lucky Star / Moses Supposes / Good Morning / Singing In The Rain / Would You? / Fascinating Rhythm
1987 LP 12" OAK OAK 1001 (UK) LIVE AT THE FESTIVAL - Tommy Baby / Iím A Song / A Handful Of Songs / Flash, Bang Wallo / Bridge Over Troubled Waters / Little White Bull / Rock On / Johnny B. Goode / Sweet Caroline / Rock With The Caveman / Nairobi / Water, Water / Happy Guitar / Butterfingers / Singing The Blues / Hey Jude / Maybe Itís Because Iím A Londoner
07/1995 CD HALLMARK 30074 (UK) SINGING IN THE RAIN AND OTHER GREAT STANDARDS - Singin' In The Rain / Ramblin' Rose / Tiptoe Through The Tulips / When The Red Red Robin Comes Bob Bob Bobbin' Along / I'd Like To Get You On A Slow Boat To China / You Made Me Love You / On Mother Kelly's Doorstep / I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time / In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town / Underneath The Arches / Carolina In The Office / My Mammy / April Showers / Is It True What They Say About Dixie / Baby Face / I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now / Hey Good Lookin' / On The Sunny Side Of The Street / Zip A Dee Doo Dah / When You're Smiling / Bells Are Ringing For Me And My Girl / Me And My Girl / My Lucky Star / You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby / Oh You Beautiful Doll / Boiled Beef And Carrots / Any Old Iron / Knocked 'em Out In The Old Kent Road / My Old Man's A Dustman / My Old Man Said Follow The Van / I've Got A Lovely Bunch Of Coconuts / Consider Yourself / I'm Getting Married In The Morning / I'm Henry The Eighth / Knees Up Mother Brown / Roll Out The Barrel
10/1995 CD CAST MASTERS ? (UK) SINGIN' IN THE RAIN - ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING - Overture / Fit As A Fiddle / Temptation / I Can't Give You Anything But Love / Be A Clown / Too Marvellous For Words / You Are My Lucky Star / Moses / Good Morning / Singin' In The Rain / Would You / Fascinating Rhythm / Finale
06/1996 CD SPECTRUM ? (UK) THE WORL OF TOMMY STEELE - Singin' The Blues / Little White Bull / Handful Of Songs / Shiralee / Half A Sixpence / Rock With The Caveman / Water Water / Come On Let's Go / Sweet Georgia Brown / Where's The Birdie / Nairobi / What A Mouth / If The Rain's Got To Fall / Where Have All The Flowers Gone / Only Man On The Island / Knee Deep In The Blues / Butterfingers / Number 22 Across The Way / She's Too Far Above Me / Happy Guitar
07/1999 2 CD DECCA 4664092 (UK) THE DECCA YEARS 1956-1963 :
CD 1 : Rock With The Cavemen / Rock Around The Town / Doomsday Rock / Elevator Rock / Singing The Blues / Rebel Rock / Knee Deep In The Blues / Teenage Party / Butterfingers / Cannibal Pot / Shiralee / Grandad's Rock / Butterfly / Water, Water / A Handful Of Songs / Hey You! / Plant A Kiss / Nairobi / Neon Sign / Happy Guitar / Princess / It's All Happening / What Do You Do / The Only Man On The Island / I Puts The Lightie On / Come On, Let's Go / Put A Ring On Her Finger / A Lovely Night / Marriage Type Love / Hiawatha / The Trial / Tallahassee Lassie / Give! Give! Give! / You Were Mine / Young Ideas
CD 2 : Little White Bull / Singing Time / What A Mouth (What A North And South) / Kookaburra / Happy-Go-Lucky Blues / (Girl With The) Long Black Hair / Must Be Santa / Boys And Girls / The Dit-Dit Song / My Big Best Shoes / The Writing On The Wall / Drunken Guitar / Hit Record / What A Little Darlin' / He's Got Love / Green Eye / Butter Wouldn't Melt In Your Mouth / Where Have All The Flowers Gone / Flash, Bang, Wallop! / She's Too Far Above Me / Half A Sixpance / Giddy-Up-A-Ding Dong / Kaw-Liga / Young Love / Take Me Back Baby / Build Up / Time To Kill / Hair-Down Hoe-Down / Sweet Georgia Brown / Tommy The Toreador / Hollerin' And Screamin' / Lonesome Traveller / So Long (It's Been Good To Know You)
02/2000 CD UNIVERSAL 5441722 (UK) THE BEST OF TOMMY STEELE - Rock With The Caveman / Singing The Blues / Knee Deep In The Blues / Butter Fingers / Water Water / A Handful Of Songs / Shiralee / Hey You / Nairobi / Happy Guitar / The Only Man On The Island / Come On Let's Go / Tallahassee Lassie / Give! Give! Give! / The Little White Bull / What A Mouth (What A North And South) / Writing On The Wall / Half A Sixpence / Sweet Georgia Brown / Must Be Santa
03/2000 CD SEE FOR MILES 203 (UK) THE ROCK 'N' ROLL YEARS - Rock With The Caveman / C'mon Let's Go / Butterfly / Give! Give! Give! / Elevator Rock / Rebel Rock / You Gotta Go / Build Up / Put A Ring On Her Finger / You Were Mine / Swaller Tail Coat / Singing The Blues / Singing The Blues / Doomsday Rock / Knee Deep In The Blues / Two Eyes / Take Me Back Baby / The Writing On The Wall / Hey You / Teenage Party / Plant A Kiss / Rock Around The Town / Drunken Guitar / Tallahassee Lassie
03/2000 CD SEE FOR MILES 347 (UK) THE EP COLLECTION - Rock With The Cavemen / Title Not Available / Doomsday Rock / Singing The Blues / Take Me Back Baby / A Handful Of Songs / Rebel Rock / Will It Be You? / Happy Guitar / Knee Deep In The Blues / Put A Ring On Her Finger / Young Love / Come On Let's Go / Elevator Rock / The Only Man On The Island / Time To Kill / The Little White Bull / Number Twenty Two Across The Way / You Gotta Go / Singin' Time / Cannibal Pot / Build Up / Water, Water
06/2005 2 CD UNIVERSAL / SPECTRUM 9824798 (UK) ROCK WITH THE CAVEMAN :
CD 1 : Rock With The Caveman / Elevator Rock / Singing The Blues / Knee Deep In The Blues / Butterfingers / Water, Water / A Handful Of Songs / Shiralee / Hey You! / Nairobi / Happy Guitar / The Only Man On The Island / Come On, Let's Go / Tallahassee Lassie / Give! Give! Give! / Little White Bull / What A Mouth (What A North And South) / Must Be Santa / The Writing On The Wall / Hollerin' And Screamin' / Lonesome Traveller
CD 2 : Little Darlin' / Old Obadiah / Kookaburra / Tommy The Toreador / Shout / So Long (It's Been Good To Know You) / Doomsday Rock / Wedding Bells / Honky Tonk Blues / Kaw-Liga / Razzle Dazzle / Giddy Up A Ding Dong / Young Love / Photograph / Hair-Down Hoe-Down / Princess / Take A Ride / Where's The Birdie / Flash, Bang, Wallop / She's Too Far Above Me / You Gotta Go / Time To Kill
07/2006 CD MUST CLOSE SATURDAY ? (UK) HALF A SIXPENCE - (SOUNDTRACK) - Overture / All In The Cause Of Economy / Half A Sixpence / Money To Burn / The Oak And The Ash / She's Too Far Above Me / I'm Not Talking To You / If The Rain's Got To Fall / The Old Military Canal / The One That's Run Away / Long Ago / Flash, Bang, Wallop! / I Know What I Am / I'll Build A Palace - I Only Want A Little House / Finale
03/2008 CD REX 118 (UK) HEY YOU - Singing The Blues / Shiralee / Knee Deep In The Blues / Hey You / Grandad's Rock / Take Me Back Baby / Butterfingers / I Like / A Handful Of Songs / You Gotta Go / Water Water / Cannibal Pot / Will It Be You / Two Eyes / Build Up / Time To Kill / Elevator Rock / Doomsday Rock / Teenage Party / Giddy Up A Ding-Dong / Treasure Of Love / Honky Tonk Blues / Razzle Dazzle / Kaw-Liga / Teenage Party / Wedding Bells / What Is This Thing Called Love / On Te Move Rock / Rock With The Caveman
03/2008 CD HALLMARK 706872 (UK) THE TOMMY STEELE STORY - Take Me Back, Baby / Butterfingers / I Like / A Handful Of Songs / You Gotta Go / Water, Water / Cannibal Pot / Will It Be You / Two Eyes / Build Up / Time To Kill / Elevator Rock / Doomsday Rock / Teenage Party / Giddy Up A Ding-Dong / Treasure Of Love / Honky-Tonk Blues / Razzle Dazzle / Kaw-Liga / Weddings Bells / What Is This Thing Called Love / On The Move / Rock With The Orchestra
10/2008 CD PEGASUS 662 (UK) RAZZLE DAZZLE - Butterfingers / Cannibal Pot / Razzle Dazzle / Teenage Party / Treasure Of Love / Wedding Bells / Young Love / You Gotta Go / Will It Be You? / Two Eyes / Time To Kill / Take Me Back Baby / Plant A Kiss / Singing Time / Number 22 Across The Way / I Like / Hey You! / Butterfly / Build Up / A Handful Of Songs
11/2008 CD BLUE ORCHID 134 (UK) THE REAL STEELE - Rock With The Caveman / What Is This Thing Called Love / Doomsday Rock / Young Love / Singing The Blues / Giddy Up A Ding Dong / Knee Deep In The Blues / Teenage Party / Butterfingers / Razzle Dazzle / Shiralee (from "Shiralee") / Take Me Back, Baby / Water, Water / Kaw-Liga / A Handful Of Songs / You Gotta Go / Hey You! / Honky-Tonk Blues / Happy Guitar (from "The Duke Wore Jeans") / Time To Kill / Nairobi / On The Move / Only Man On The Island / The Truth About Me / Butterfly / Family Tree (from "The Duke Wore Jeans") / It's All Happening / Will It Be You / Come On, Let's Go / Treasure Of Love / Put A Ring On Her Finger / Thanks A Lot (from "The Duke Wore Jeans") / A Lovely Night (from Harold Fielding's "Cinderella") / Photograph (from "The Duke Wore Jeans") / Number 22 Across The Way / Hair-Down Hoe-Down (from "The Duke Wore Jeans") / I Like
1282008 CD ENTERTAIN ME 74655 (UK) A HANDFUL OF SONGS - Handful Of Songs / Rock With The Caveman / Butterfingers / Shiralee / Number 22 Across The Way / You Gotta Go / Singin' Time / Cannibal Pot / Doomsday Rock / Giddy Up A Ding Dong / Grandad's Rock / Hey You / Kaw Liga / Knee Deep In The Blues / Rock Around The Town / Take Me Back Baby / Teenage Party / Time To Kill / Water Water / Young Love / Butterfly / Build Up / Elevator Rock / Rebel Rock / Singing The Blues
01/2009 CD DECCA ? (UK) THE WORLD OF TOMMY STEELE - A Handful Of Songs / Singing The Blues / Knee Deep In The Blues / Water, Water / Nairobi / The Only Man On The Island / Shiralee / Happy Guitar / Butterfingers / Rock With The Cavemen / Tallahassee Lassie / Give! Give! Give! / Come On, Let's Go / Hey You! / The Writing On The Wall / It's All Happening / Hit Record / Half A Sixpence / Flash, Bang, Wallop / Little White Bull / What A Mouth (What A North And South)
07/2009 2 CD PERFORMANCE 38297 (UK) SINGING THE BLUES :
CD 1 : Singing The Blues / Rock With The Caveman / Nairobi / Butterfingers / Water Water / Rebel Rock / Happy Guitar / Doomsday Rock / Neon Sign / You Gotta Go / A Lovely Night / Butterfly / Photograph / Time To Kill / Build Up / It's All Happening / Princess / Princess / I Like / Rock Around The Town / Giddy Up A Ding Dong
CD 2 : A Handful Of Songs / Come On, Let's Go / Hey You / The Only Man On The Island / Shiralee / Young Love / Elevator Rock / Teenage Party / Knee Deep In The Blues / Grandad's Rock / Marriage Type Love / Number 22 Across The Way / Two Eyes / What Do You Do? / I Puts The Lightie On / Hair Down Hoe Down / Wedding Bells / Plant A Kiss / Take Me Back Baby / Will It Be You? / Kaw Liga
09/2009 2 CD UNIVERSAL DISTRIBUTION 5321840 (UK) THE VERY BEST OF TOMMY STEELE :
CD 1 : Rock With The Caveman / Singing The Blues / Rock Around The Town / Doomsday Rock / Elevator Rock / Young Love / Wedding Bells / Rebel Rock / Knee Deep In The Blues / Teenage Party / Giddy Up A Ding Dong / What Is This Thing Called Love? / Butterfingers / Cannibal Pot / Shiralee (from the film "Shiralee") / Grandad's Rock / Butterfly / Water, Water / Build Up / Will It Be You / Two Eyes / You Gotta Go / Hey You! / Plant A Kiss / Happy Guitar (from the film soundtrack "The Duke Wore Jeans") / Neon Sign / Come On, Let's Go / Tallahassee Lassie / Give! Give! Give! / The Writing On The Wall
CD 2 : A Handful Of Songs / Hit Record / What Do You Do / Princess (from the film soundtrack "The Duke Wore Jeans") / It's All Happening / Nairobi / The Only Man On The Island / A Lovely Night (from Harold Fielding's "Cinderella") / Little White Bull (from the soundtrack "Tommy the Toreador") / Singing Time / What A Mouth (What A North And South) / Where Have All The Flowers Gone / Flash, Bang, Wallop / Half A Sixpence / She's Too Far Above Me / Fortuosity / Finale Some Like It Hot / Fascinating Rhythm / Singing In The Rain / Thank You Very Much

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