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Billy Fury - A Thousand Stars / Once Upon A Dream

8 February 2012






Billy Fury, born Ronald Wycherley (17 April 1940 - 28 January 1983),[1] was an internationally successful English singer from the late-1950s to the mid-1960s, and remained an active songwriter until the 1980s. Rheumatic fever, which he first contracted as a child, damaged his heart and ultimately contributed to his death. An early British rock and roll (and film) star, he equalled The Beatles' record of 24 hits in the 1960s, and spent 332 weeks on the UK charts, without a chart-topping single or album. Allmusic journalist, Bruce Eder, stated, "His mix of rough-hewn good looks and unassuming masculinity, coupled with an underlying vulnerability, all presented with a good voice and some serious musical talent, helped turn Fury into a major rock and roll star in short order". Others have suggested that it was Fury's "Elvis Presley-influenced, hip-swivelling, and at times highly suggestive stage act. Fury lived with Lee Middleton from 1959 to 1967, married Judith Hall in May 1969 and then he met heiress Lisa Voice (née Rosen), they both lived in London and sometimes on Billy's farm in Wales, from 1971 until his death. Fury was a keen amateur birdwatcher. After returning from a recording session in London in the early hours of 28 January 1983, Billy Fury collapsed in his home in London during the night. His manager Tony Read found him unconscious the next morning. He was rushed to a hospital, but died later in the afternoon at 2.10pm. He was 42 years old. A week later his funeral was held at the St. John´s Wood Church in London. Among the mourners were Larry Parnes, Marty Wilde, Hal Carter and ex-Pirate Mick Green in addition to family members, friends and fans. After the service Billy was buried at Mill Hill cemetery. A track issued posthumously, "Forget Him", became his final single chart hit. so the end of what can only be described as A TRUE LEGEND. Billy Fury as to rate as One Of The Best U.K Artist we ever had so relax and listen to a Truly GREAT PERFORMER

Billy Fury

The Billy Fury statue at Albert Dock Liverpool
Background information
Birth nameRonald Wycherley
Born17 April 1940
LiverpoolEngland
Died28 January 1983 (aged 42)
PaddingtonLondon, England
GenresRock and rollRockPop,Rockabilly
OccupationsSingersongwritermusicianActor
InstrumentsGuitarpianodrums
Years active1958–1983
LabelsDeccaParlophone Polydor
Associated actsThe Tornados Georgie Fame
Websitewww.billyfury.com
Notable instruments
Vocals

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