he sang in local concerts and gained the nickname "the singing bobby". He got his first break in the Empire Theatre Belfast, had a contract for £7 per week and entertained the audience during scenery changes, he also acted as theatre bagge-man. He took singing lessons with Count John McCormack's singing teacher, the great tenor later showed great interest in this young tenor's career. However the ex policeman had to leave Belfast for London in 1944. His big break came from Jack Hylton, an engagement at the Victoria Palace and this was where the name Josef Locke originated.
His real name was too long for the space alloted to him on the bills. He appeared in Blackpool where he came to the attention of Victor Carne of Columbia records, millions of his recordings where sold in the UK, he appeared in many films. A good and humourous account of his musical career can be seen in the film "Hear my Song". Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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