Robbie Williams says he chose a career in music because of Grease song Summer Nights!
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.
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…