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Nosher Powell & Sammy Davis Jr

"While at Paul Raymond's Revue Bar, I ate at a restaurant opposite called Iso's. Guarding the entrance, was a giant of a man called Nosher Powell. He'd been a boxer, stunt man, minder a real 'hard man', with a heart of gold. Nosher was the subject of Eamon Andrews' This is Your Life, so he was a celebrity in his own right. He mentioned to me that he was often a minder for Sammy Davis Jr when he was in London and promised to introduce me, when Sammy was next in the UK. 

Sure enough, a few months later Nosher called and introduced me. Sammy was engaging, funny and we got on like a house on fire. Sammy was bursting with ideas for my shows and he took me everywhere. I was starting to do a number of TV appearances and Sammy was worried by this 'Jackie, do you want to become really famous ?' I thought this a strange question, 'You see the secret of success is surprise. Every night you walk on stage, pick up an accordion and the audience thinks Oh no. not a bloody squeezebox player! and then you hit them with your wall of sound and it knocks their socks off. That is a huge surprise for the audience.... if you keep performing on TV you won't WOW them. You should concentrate on shows and events.. with your type of act you will work forever and you will always be in control".

Taking heed, valuing my privacy I took his advice and became one of the highest paid unknown entertainers in show biz history."

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