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Tommy Steele - "The Dream Maker" BETTER SOUND, BETTER PICTURE

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Tommy Steele was never a convincing rock 'n' roller but he did make a fine family entertainer, as this slice from the 1963 film "It's All Happening" shows. The timing of the film was bad, released just as The Beatles and numerous other "beat" groups began to shake up the stodgy and uninspired British music scene depicted in the movie. The song, "The Dream Maker", had sugary lyrics by Norman Newell, for long top dog at E.M.I.'s Columbia label. Newell thought Elvis Presley was an abomination. Newell also presided, with his Luddite-minded chums, over a bleak period in E.M.I.'s history when it lost the franchise for two major American record labels, RCA and Columbia, during the 1950s. I have little doubt that Newell thoroughly approved of Danny Williams, also in the film (for my sins, I saw Williams perform "live" late in his career - he was a perverse last minute substitute for Chas & Dave). "The Dream Maker" has been uploaded before in claimed "HQ", which is why this version has been prepared, with a better picture and improved sound, although the original film soundtrack is not wonderful. Backing is by John Barry and his Orchestra.