Take That singer Robbie Williams has revealed that he chose to pursue a career in music and entertainment after he was paid by a pub’s customers to mime along to Grease hit, Summer Nights.
The song, which was of course sung by Olivia Newton John and John Travolta – who played the roles of Sandy Olsen and Danny Zuko – was a huge hit in the late seventies when the film was at the height of its popularity.
Speaking to Q magazine about how he mimed the song in his dad’s pub, Robbie said, “My first three years were spent in a pub — and Summer Nights was on the jukebox…
“That was the first record that showed me I had a future in performance — because the punters would put the money in and I’d mime to the record.
“I’d do the whole bit.”
While reporting on the story, TV Biz added, “He also wanted to be teddy boy and a mod — and couldn’t get enough of SHOWADDYWADDY’s 1976 classic Under The Moon Of Love, as well as Going Underground by THE JAM.”
Robbie continued, “I wanted to be a teddy boy. I didn’t get very far. I really wanted the full three-quarter length teddy boy jacket but my mum wouldn’t get me one.
“There was a time I had a parka. I was at the very tail-end of mod.”
He then revealed details of the first record he ever owned.
He said, “The first one I had bought for me was Electro 1, on the Street Sounds label.
“My sister bought it for me. I couldn’t get enough of it…
“This was the time where there was lino being pulled up and we were all going breakdancing.”
Here’s a reminder of Robbie’s latest hit, Candy…