What a load of B*ll*h*t
not sure about this story but interesting anyway...
What a load of B*ll*h*t
The Sun Never Sets On A Legend...
I'd never say never in a world of surprises but this is a very doubtful
Maybe tommy didnt want to share this memory with the world considering not many pepole keep things to there self about elvis thses days!
Elvis could not go anywhere on his own in the 50's or later without attracting a big crowd.
Every man has a flaming star
Anything is possible and l think there things elvis did we will never know.. so never say never.
Revealed . . . Elvis's secret visit to London (with a little help from rock rival Tommy Steele)
Elvis the same year: He is said to have rung Steele to ask, 'Are you as good as me?'
Showbusiness impressario Bill Kenwright, made a startling revelation on national radio yesterday. He told BBC Radio 2 host Ken Bruce that Elvis Presley made a secret visit to England in 1958 and was shown the sights of the capital by UK rocker Tommy Steele.
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They say the King never set foot in England....
But in 1958, an American boy with a sneering smile and perfect Southern manners was shown around town.
His guide was a cheeky Cockney lad with a mop of blond hair.
But the day a young Tommy Steele showed Elvis Presley the sights of London has remained a rock 'n' roll secret for 50 years.
Until one of Steele's friends blurted it out on the radio yesterday.
Had the pair been spotted together in Britain at the time there would almost certainly have been a riot.
Presley, then 23, needed military guards to control crowds whenever he appeared in public in the U.S. while 21-year-old Steele was widely, if briefly, being billed as his British equivalent.
The story of Elvis and Tommy's trip around the city was told in a pre-recorded Radio 2 interview yesterday with showbusiness impresario Bill Kenwright, who has known Steele for decades.
Rock rival: Tommy Steele in action in 1958
He let listeners to Ken Bruce's show, Tracks of My Years, know how Steele had told him about the visit. Unfortunately he hadn't realised the singer had guarded the secret for so long.
Yesterday he told the Daily Mail: "I'm absolutely steeped in 50s rock 'n' roll. I love it.
"So when I get together with Tommy Steele I just say, 'Tell me about Buddy Holly...tell me about Guy Mitchell, and that sort of thing'. He's a great storyteller and he can just reel them off.
"I remember him telling me about when Elvis came to England very quietly.
"Evidently Tommy got home one night and the phone rings. A voice says, 'They tell me you're good'.
"Tommy says, 'Who's this?' 'Elvis,' says the voice. 'Get outta here,' says Tommy. 'Are you as good as me?' says Elvis...and they sort of started this mock rivalry.
"It all came from that. It's quite something, isn't it - the thought of them wandering around London together?
"But the impression I got was that they never got out of the car. It was more like, "There's Buckingham Palace ...there's the Houses of Parliament".
"Tommy is a very private person who doesn't go into the past. It's only me who makes him talk about it. As soon as I started talking about it on the radio I wondered if I'd done the right thing.
"I remember saying, 'Bloody hell - I hope that was all right'. I'm sure Tommy will want to kill me when he finds out."
Mr Kenwright said the date of the Presley visit was some time in 1958 - the year Pele's magic won the World Cup for Brazil.
That timing raised the possibility that Presley, who joined the U.S. Army in March that year and saw service in Germany, might have been in uniform, his slicked back quiff shaved into a military short back and sides.
Everywhere he performed, his female fans were swept into the kind of hysteria that would not be seen on this side of the Atlantic until the advent of Beatlemania.
Yet Britain - already jiving to Hound Dog and Jailhouse Rock - never got to see an Elvis show.
He returned two years later for the briefest of stopovers, not getting any farther south than Ayrshire. At the time he was returning to the U.S. after serving in the Army in Germany in March 1960.
He stopped off at Prestwick airport when the military DC-7 touched down to refuel.
Archive pictures show him there in his sergeant's uniform, signing autographs and phoning his teenage sweetheart Priscilla, soon to become his bride.
That night he told the crowds gathered to see him: "This is quite a country. I must see more of it."
But he never did. And the belief that the airport stopover was his sole visit was set in stone. So why didn't Tommy Steele simply set the record straight?
Last night the 71-year-old entertainer-performing in Dr Dolittle in Woking, Surrey, retained his discretion.
In a note to the Daily Mail he wrote: "What actually happened many years ago is something secret and memorable.
"It was an event shared by two young men sharing the same love of their music and the same thrill of achieving something unimaginable.
"I swore never to divulge publicly what took place and I regret that it has found some way of 'getting into the light'."
"I can only hope he can forgive me."
Kenwright says, "Elvis flew in for a day and Tommy showed him round London. He showed him the Houses of Parliament and spent the day with him."
A spokesman for Elvis' Graceland estate says, "To the best of our knowledge there was only one stopover at Scotland.
2008/04/22 By Paul Haris - www.dailymail.co.uk / www.contactmusic.com / www.epgold.com
Steele needs to see a shrink.
What a delusional thing to say about Elvis.
it's actually pathetic that he now says it was something private.....
Private is right, as it only ever existed inside his head!
The Sun Never Sets On A Legend...
I sent a e-mail to tommys website and heres what they sent back.
From: Joyce Mize Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sent: 22 April 2008 15:57:36
Hi, Jeanette. It seems that Elvis and Tommy made a pact to keep the visit out of the public eye. They did not want to be mobbed and ruin the visit. Tommy has now admitted that the visit did indeed occur, but he is sorry that it has been made public at this late date. Of course, there are no pictures. Alas and alack! Lots of information regarding Tommy on the fan club site. Many well-informed members ready to share. It's free! http://www.groups.yahoo.com/group/tommysteelefanclub Thanks for writing. Joy
also i have had info from close sources that there are pics, so you never know they might apear.
Elvis never actually visited Britain.
His flight did touch down in Scotland, since there are pictures of that around.
I will post those here, if nobody beats me to it.
Last edited by Sonny; 04-22-2008 at 12:06 PM.
Without wanting to stir up trouble here why r you all so sure that elvis never visited britian, recardless that there were no pics to prove it but we dont know that either. people just seem to asume that he didnt come here.
I will keep a open mind on this one, maybe untill we see the pics.
If it was true, someone would have mentioned it by now, 30 years after his death. Someone like Elvis could not have got into Britain (London) without someone noticing!
This did not happen. End of story.
Getlo - cute'n'cuddly
I find it hard to believe that Elvis could have gone anywhere in 1958 without somebody noticing.....Maybe poor ol` Tommy wasted an afternoon showing the first impersonator around London!