It is mostly believed that Elvis Presley, the King of Rock n’ Roll, solely set foot in the UK as soon as, stopping at Prestwick airport on his manner residence from military service in Germany in 1960.
But this story has been contradicted by Bill Kenwright, theatre impresario and chairman of Everton Football Club, on a radio present in 2008.
Bill described one other story advised to him through which Elvis made a secret trip to London two years earlier than the supposed 1960 cease off.
On this secret go to in 1958, he was allegedly escorted round the capital by Tommy Steele, a singer from Bermondsey most well-known for his hit tune Little White Bull.
Bill stated: “I bear in mind [Tommy] telling me about when Elvis got here to England very quietly.
“Evidently Tommy got residence one night time and the telephone rings. A voice says, ‘They inform me you are good.’
“Tommy says, ‘Who’s this?’
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“‘Elvis’ says the voice. ‘Get outta right here’, says Tommy. ‘Are you nearly as good as me?’ says Elvis, and so they began this mock rivalry.
“It all got here from that. It’s fairly one thing is not it – the thought of them wandering round London collectively? But the impression I got was that they by no means got out of the automotive.”
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Following Bill’s feedback on the radio present, the Daily Mail quizzed Tommy about the story.
He advised the Mail, “It was an occasion shared by two younger males sharing the identical love of their music and the identical thrill of attaining one thing unimaginable.
“I swore by no means to reveal what occurred and I remorse that it has discovered a way of ‘entering into the gentle’. I can solely hope he can forgive me.”
Note that Tommy referred to the King in the current tense – maybe the King lived lots longer than all of us thought.
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