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Billy Fury

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Liverpool, England (1955 – 1983)

Billy Fury was born Ronald Wycherley in Liverpool, England. He was a sickly child who experienced his first bout of rheumatic fever at age six. That began chronic health problems which eventually took his life before age 45.

Fury began music lessons, on the piano, at age 11. He got his first guitar at age 14. By 1955, the skiffle music boom had begun in England and Fury was leading his own local group, while still working on a tugboat and/or as a stevedore. By 1958, he had won a talent competition and had begun to write his own songs.

In a story which was legend among the British youth of the period, Fury was discovered by impressario Larry Parnes on October 1, 1958. That night, Fury attended a performance of The Larry Parnes Extravaganza, hoping to offer his songs to Marty Wilde, one of the featured performers and a well-known rock-&-roll star because of his appearances on the television series, “Oh Boy!” Fury did get backstage, and was seen by Parnes while performing one of his own songs for Wilde. Parnes booked Fury to appear on the Extravaganze that same night and the rest, as they say, is history - the applause which Fury received earned him a permanent spot on the tour and Parnes as his agent. Parnes’ established proceedure was to give his singers stage names representing emotions and attributes: Marty Wilde, Johnny Gentle, Vince Eager. Thus, Ronald Wycherley became Billy Fury.

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  • ladalad

    R.I.P Billy Fury.

    28 Jan 4:17pm Reply
  • DelWinner

    this era will be forever

    28 Dec 2012 Reply
  • wiikuna

    i've gotta horse<3

    7 Dec 2012 Reply
  • _yolanda_

    Liverpool <3

    29 Oct 2012 Reply
  • _yolanda_

    I wanna stay and never go awa-ay... a wondrous place.

    29 Oct 2012 Reply
  • igorgeneration

    It's Only Make Belieeeeeeeve

    27 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Nw-ee

    Really enjoy the sound of "Wondrous Place". Looking forward to hearing more music :)

    22 Mar 2012 Reply
  • billyfury64fan

    A wondrous place! Billy Fury the best british rocker ever. Still remembered with affection!

    17 Mar 2012 Reply
  • export2

    j janet smith fareham 1964 somebody loves you even today song by billy somebody elesis girl TERRY P

    14 Mar 2012 Reply
  • royives

    im lost without you

    15 Sep 2011 Reply
  • borntohang

    Disgustingly over-looked. Even in Britain, I've gathered. In this day and age, when music is anything but obscure and hard to find, this is really unfair. He had the voice, the songwriting abilities, the melodies and the looks. But sure, keep playing Tommy Steele and Cliff Richard for the 634632834th time instead.

    9 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Peter1Deluce

    I met Billy in 1981 he was not well but still very good RIP

    6 Mar 2011 Reply
  • MallyMon

    mwah!

    23 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Pryde

    Please vote for Elvis Presley in The American Rock League!!

    19 May 2010 Reply
  • music2artlover

    purely amazing one of my faves

    28 Apr 2010 Reply
  • roy1947

    never made a bad record

    3 Mar 2010 Reply
  • rockingdaddy

    amazing

    25 Feb 2010 Reply
  • SiberianKissed

    I have rheumatic fever as well, I'm don't wanna die at the age of 45 :<

    11 Jan 2010 Reply
  • sonnyminimal

    The best British Rock n Roller and ballad singer. 'I Will' and 'Run To My Loving Arms' are perhaps the most beautifully sung songs ever. 'Play It Cool' is a brilliant film too!

    26 Apr 2009 Reply
  • bluetooth38

    Billy Fury (Ronald Wycherley)I have always liked is music I use to play it a'lot in my teen's,One of the overnight ascendancy.

    26 Jan 2008 Reply
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