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David gained some singing experience as a choir boy before joining the Royal Navy when he was 17. He gave seven years service including service in the Far East and being part of the D. Day invasions. During his Navy days, Gunner Whitfield would entertain his shipmates aboard HMS 'Ramillies' and also in base hospitals whenever he could.

When he returned back to civvy life he worked in the concrete business though he still sang whenever he got the chance at as many local concerts as possible.

A major turning point came when he was a big hit on the talent contest 'Opportunity Knocks' a programme on Radio Luxembourg.

David flew to New York for the first time to take part in America's greatest of all T.V. shows, Ed Sullivan's 'Toast of the Town' in New Yorks Radio City. After the show he was flooded with offers of engagements at astronomical fees.


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