Tommy Steele

1936 - Today

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Sir Thomas Hicks (born 17 December 1936), known professionally as Tommy Steele, is an English entertainer, regarded as Britain's first teen idol and rock and roll star.After being discovered at the 2i's Coffee Bar in Soho, London, Steele recorded a string of hit singles including "Rock with the Caveman" (1956) and the chart-topper "Singing the Blues" (1957). Steele's rise to fame was dramatised in The Tommy Steele Story (1957), the soundtrack of which was the first British album to reach number one on the UK Albums Chart. With collaborators Lionel Bart and Mike Pratt, Steele received the 1958 Ivor Novello Award for Most Outstanding Song of the Year for "A Handful of Songs". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Tommy Steele has received more than 2,664,238 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). Tommy Steele is the 1,796th most popular singer (down from 1,677th in 2019), the 4,793rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 4,517th in 2019) and the 187th most popular British Singer.

Memorability Metrics

  • 2.7M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 44.13

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 20

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 1.66

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.84

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Tommy Steeles by language

Over the past year Tommy Steele has had the most page views in the with 328,879 views, followed by Swedish (9,965), and German (4,125). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Egyptian Arabic (97.53%), Basque (57.95%), and Simple English (52.26%)


Among singers, Tommy Steele ranks 1,796 out of 4,381Before him are Emilia Rydberg, Beth Ditto, Andrés Calamaro, Kelly Clarkson, In-Grid, and Chris Connor. After him are George Fisher, Tony Kakko, Ray Gillen, Alyona Lanskaya, Whigfield, and Greg Graffin.

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Among people born in 1936, Tommy Steele ranks 497Before him are Akwasi Afrifa, Carlos Mota Pinto, Anthony Olubunmi Okogie, Charlie Daniels, Eugenio Bersellini, and Lize Marke. After him are Ivo Stefanoni, Marino Klinger, Michael Dertouzos, Eleonore Schwarz, Leon O. Chua, and Nils Nilsson.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Tommy Steele ranks 4,793 out of 8,785Before him are Jean Kent (1921), Celia Johnson (1908), Jermain Defoe (1982), Chris Smalling (1989), Shirley Brasher (1934), and Richard Brake (1964). After him are Don Finlay (1909), Caroline Cossey (1954), Hugh Falconer (1808), Lesley Nicol (1953), Hugh Blair (1718), and George Bingham, 3rd Earl of Lucan (1800).

Among SINGERS In United Kingdom

Among singers born in United Kingdom, Tommy Steele ranks 187Before him are Heather Harper (1930), Tom Odell (1990), Long John Baldry (1941), Lynsey de Paul (1948), Alex Kapranos (1972), and Simon Fuller (1960). After him are MF Doom (1971), Dana Rosemary Scallon (1951), George Ezra (1993), Richard Thompson (1949), Ann Lee (1967), and Duncan James (1978).