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09:12 UK time, Tuesday, 22 April 2008

"Are you as good as me?" - Elvis lays down the gauntlet to Tommy Steele in hitherto unknown visit to UK.

It has the ring of a milk bar showdown between a teenage Cliff Richard and some interloping daddio. Picture the scene - it's the mid-1950s and Elvis' star is in the ascent when Britain's very own demon hip-swiveller Tommy Steele gets a phone call. An unidentified voice poses the challenge and next thing we didn't know, the King and our Tommy are hanging out in old London town for a day. The significance of this tale, which comes from the lips of theatre impresario Bill Kenwright, speaking on Monday, is that until now it had always been said Elvis had never visited the UK but for a stop-off at Prestwick airport on his way back from National Service. Unfortunately, Kenright didn't record the result of Elvis' challenge.
More details (Daily Mirror)

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