Robbie Williams inspired by Grease

Robbie Williams owes his music career to 'Grease', after he learned to perfect a routine to the track 'Summer Nights' as a child


This article is from 2012.

Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams owes his music career to 'Grease'

The 'Candy' singer was inspired to become a performer by the track 'Summer Nights' from the John Travolta and Olivia Newton John starring movie of the musical from 1978.

He told Q magazine: "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."

Robbie, 38, also also said he went through phases of trying to be like a Teddy Boy - a British movement in the 50s, where members were influenced by early 20th century fashion and American rock and roll - as well as a Mod, another movement in music and fashion more prevalent in the 1960s.

He said: "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 jacket. I was at the very tail-end of mod."

The 'Feel' star recently released his ninth studio album, 'Take The Crown', and said he wants people to take the record as seriously as he does.

He said: "It's an obnoxious title. I started out obnoxious and I plan to carry that out. 'Take The Crown' means I'm serious this time, I'm going on tour and what-not."

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