Billy Fury

Billy Fury
Billy Fury
Billy Fury
Billy Fury

The great English rocker was born in Liverpool in 1940.   He first came to fame in 1959.   His hits included “It’s Only Make Believe” and “Halfway to Paradise”.   In 1962 he starred in “Play It Cool” and in 1965 in “I’ve Gotta Horse”.   Because he used to dance around on stage in his act, the Irish bishops though his stage performance was obscene and the ballad singer Bridie Gallagher was advised not to perform with him on the stage of the Theatre Royal in Dublin in 1959.     In 1972 he was featured in “That’ll be the Day” with David Essex and Ringo Starr.   Sadly he died in 1983 aged just 42.

IMDB entry:

Billy Fury was born on April 17, 1940 in Dingle, Liverpool, England as Ronald William Wycherley. He was married to Judith Hall. He died on January 28, 1983 in London, England.   Between 1959 and 1967, lived with Lee Middleton, before she married Kenny Everett   From 1971 until his death in 1983 he lived with Lisa Rosen   One of his last television screen appearances was as a surprise guest on This Is Your Life (1955). He came on with his guitar.  Enjoyed many big hit records in the UK, including “Halfway to Paradise”, “Jealousy” and “Last Night Was Made For Love”.   The most successful artist in British chart history never to have had a #1 record.   Fury had rheumatic fever as a child and suffered from heart disease all of his life, which led to his early death.   Discovered by pop manager Larry Parnes who changed his name from Ronald Wycherly to Billy Fury and guided him on the road to stardom in the early 60’s.

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