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19660 Don't give up the day job!

What did they do before they became famous?

Helen Shapiro may have hit the top of the charts before she left school but a lot of the Sixties
chartbreakers had to find another way of paying their library fines before hitting the big time . . .


CLIFF RICHARD WAS A CREDIT CONTROL CLERK AT ATLAS LAMPS, ENFIELD

ELVIS PRESLEY HAD A JOB AS A DELIVERY TRUCK DRIVER FOR THE CROWN ELECTRIC COMPANY

BILLY FURY WORKED AS A DECKHAND ON MERSEY TUGBOATS

GEORGIE FAME USED TO BE A COTTON FACTORY WORKER

ADAM FAITH STARTED AS A MESSENGER BOY FOR RANK SCREEN SERVICES

SHIRLEY BASSEY WORKED IN A FACTORY'S WRAPPING DEPARTMENT

CLIFF BENNETT WAS A FOUNDRY WORKER


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Have a look at a few others.......


LITTLE RICHARD
SOLD SNAKE OIL AT FAIRS AND CARNIVALS - AT ONE TIME HE ALSO WASHED DISHES AT A BUS STATION

JACKIE WILSON WAS AN AMERICAN AMATEUR GOLDEN GLOVES BOXING CHAMPION AT WELTERWEIGHT. HE ALSO WORKED IN A CAR ASSEMBLY PLANT

BO DIDDLEY ALSO TRAINED AS A GOLDEN GLOVES BOXER, WHERE HE GOT HIS NICKNAME

BILLY J.KRAMER WAS A BRITISH RAIL APPRENTICE FITTER

NILSSON WAS A COMPUTER SPECIALIST AT SECURITY FIRST NATIONAL BANK

BROOK BENTON WAS ALSO A TRUCK DRIVER, IN NEW YORK

SANDIE SHAW USED TO BE AN IBM MACHINE OPERATOR

TOMMY STEELE WAS, AT VARIOUS TIMES, A PANTRY BOY, A LIFT BOY AND AN ASSISTANT STEWARD FOR CUNARD

THE VENTURES WERE ALL EMPLOYED AS MORTAR REMOVERS FOR A CONSTRUCTION COMPANY

JOHNNY BURNETTE WAS A MISSISSIPPI BARGEMAN AND PRO BOXER

DAVE CLARK GAVE UP HIS JOB AS A FILM STUNTMAN TO FORM HIS GROUP ( HE WORKED IN EARLY ADAM FAITH FILMS - LOOK OUT FOR HIM! )

FATS DOMINO WORKED IN A BEDMAKING FACTORY WHERE HE NEARLY LOST HIS FINGERS IN AN ACCIDENT

DAVE DEE TRAINED AS A POLICE CADET AND WAS IN ATTENDANCE AT THE FATAL CAR CRASH INVOLVING GENE VINCENT AND EDDIE COCHRAN

SIMON DEE
WORKED AS A COFFEE-BAR BOUNCER, AN ACTOR, A PHOTOGRAPHIC ASSISTANT TO LORD SNOWDON, A DESIGNER FOR CHRISTIAN DIOR AND A VACUUM CLEANER SALESMAN BEFORE JOINING CAROLINE AS A D.J.

DAVID 'SCREAMIN' LORD' SUTCH WAS A PLUMBER'S MATE

CILLA BLACK USED TO BE A BICC EMPLOYEE AND CLOAKROOM ATTENDANT

DAVID BOWIE WORKED IN AN ADVERTISING AGENCY

JAMES BROWN WAS SENTENCED TO 4 YEARS HARD LABOUR AT 16

CHUBBY CHECKER WORKED IN A CHICKEN MARKET

ERIC CLAPTON WAS A BUILDING SITE WORKER AND STUDIED STAINED GLASS DESIGN AT COLLEGE

JOE COCKER USED TO BE A GAS BOARD FITTER

DESMOND DEKKER TRAINED AS AN ENGINEERING WELDER

DONOVAN WAITED ON TABLES IN CAFES

LEE DORSEY WAS IN THE U.S.NAVY AND BECAME A PRO BOXER AS 'KID CHOCOLATE'

WAYNE FONTANA WAS AN APPRENTICE TELEPHONE ENGINEER

FREDDIE GARRITY OF 'FREDDIE AND THE DREAMERS' HAS BEEN A MILKMAN, A SHOE AND BRUSH SALESMAN AND AN ENGINEER

MAX BYGRAVES WAS A CARPENTER

ROY ORBISON STUDIED GEOLOGY AT NORTH TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY WHERE ONE OF HIS CLASSMATES WAS PAT BOONE

GENE VINCENT WAS A DESPATCH RIDER IN THE U.S. NAVY, LEAVING AFTER THE MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT THAT CAUSED MANY OF HIS LATER PROBLEMS

JULIE ROGERS WAS A DANCER IN SPAIN, A SHIP'S STEWARDESS AND A SECRETARY

MARK WYNTER SERVED AS A SHOP ASSISTANT IN A GENERAL STORE

MARC BOLAN EARNED A FEW BOB AS A MALE MODEL IN THE SIXTIES

TOMMY BRUCE WAS A DRIVER'S MATE AT COVENT GARDEN MARKET

JOHN LEYTON HAS ALWAYS BEEN AN ACTOR, STARRING IN 'BIGGLES' AND FILMS SUCH AS 'THE GREAT ESCAPE' 'VON RYAN'S EXPRESS' AND 'KRAKATOA' HIS SINGING BREAK CAME FROM HIS PART AS JOHNNY ST.CYR IN THE SOAP 'HARPER'S, WEST ONE'

MARTHA REEVES OF 'THE VANDELLAS' USED TO BE A SECRETARY AT MOTOWN RECORDS WHERE ONE OF HER JOBS WAS TO LOOK AFTER
LITTLE STEVIE WONDER
DURING OFFICE HOURS

DAVE BERRY HAD A JOB AS AN ELECTRIC WELDER

GERRY MARSDEN OF 'GERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS' MADE A FEW BOB AS A BRITISH RAIL DELIVERY BOY AND A TEA CHEST MAKER

STEVE MARRIOTT OF 'THE SMALL FACES' WAS A SALES ASSISTANT IN A MUSIC EQUIPMENT SHOP

CRAIG DOUGLAS DELIVERED YOUR DAILY PINTA

MICK JAGGER WAS A PORTER IN A MENTAL HOSPITAL

OF 'THE WHO'.....

JOHN ENTWISTLE WAS A TRAINEE TAX OFFICER

PETE TOWNSHEND AN ART STUDENT AND

ROGER DALTREY A SHEET METAL WORKER









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