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"THE TOMMY STEELE STORY"

1 LIVING with hi» mother and father in

their Bermondsey (London) home, Tommy worked as a bellboy until an acci- dent at his hobby "judo" hurt his spine.

I ßJ - 'S. 'friste

O IIS HOSPITAL, given a guitar as occu

pational therapy treatment, Tommy learnt how to play, wrote tunes and lyrics, and soon entertained patients and staff.

^ British rock-'n-roll singer Tommy Steele stars in his own life story, a B.E.F. musical biography of the youth who, at 20, is Eng land's biggest name in show business.

Backed by famous Humphrey Lyttleton's band, by skiffle, calypso, and Caribbean groups, Tommy sings 13 hit tunes, many of which he wrote.

O LATER Tommy worked on a W en

Indies bound liner, concentrating more on music than his job, thut antagonising the Chief Steward.

A ASHORE in London, Tommy told his troubles to a

Soho cafe-owner, who offered him a job. Tommy's singing and guitar-playing wowed the patrons, brought a contract, with a record company, and hit-parade fame.

£ ORGANISING a teenage party back in Bermond

sey, Tommy took along his guitar, and own band, "The Steelmen." His popularity growing, Tommy ap- peared on television, later at Mayfair's Cafe de Paris.

£* BRITISH autograph-hunter* now

" mob Tommy after every perform- ance, hi» fanmaU is phenomenal, end it's hard to believe he is not yet 21.

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