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Parlophone Polydor Warner Bros. Ronald Wycherley 17 April — Atomic Rooster - The Best Of Atomic Rooster Januarybetter known by his stage name Billy Furywas an English singer from the late s to the mid s, and remained an active songwriter until the s.
Rheumatic feverwhich he first contracted as a child, damaged his heart and ultimately contributed to his death. AllMusic journalist Bruce Eder stated, "His mix of rough-hewn good looks and unassuming masculinity, coupled with an underlying vulnerability, all presented with Im My Own Grandpaw - Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians* - Get Out Those Old Records good voice and some serious musical talent, helped turn Fury into a major rock and roll star in short order".
He commenced music lessons on the piano before he was a teenager, and was bought his first guitar by the age of Wycherley fronted his own group inbut simultaneously worked full-time on a tugboat and later as a docker. He entered and won a talent competition, and by had started composing his own songs.
Instead, in an episode that has become pop music legend, Parnes pushed young Wycherley up on stage right away. He released his first hit single for Decca"Maybe Tomorrow", in After securing more hits and jettisoning his band Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames Parnes held auditions in Liverpool for a new group. Among those who auditioned were the Beatles,  who at this time were still calling themselves the Silver Beetles. John Lennon refused and the band left [ citation needed ] after Lennon had secured Fury's autograph.
The Tornados were recruited as Fury's backing band and toured and recorded with him from January to August The Puppets were another band that backed Fury at a couple of gigs for 12 months. Fury concentrated less on rock and roll and more on mainstream balladssuch as " Halfway to Paradise " and " Jealousy "  which reached No.
Fury confessed to the NME that "I wanted people to think of me simply as a singer — and not, more specifically, as a rock singer. I'm growing up, and I want to broaden my scope. I shall continue to sing rock songs, but at the same time my stage act is not going to be as Its Only Make Believe - Billy Fury - The Very Best Of Billy Fury in the future".
The years through were Fury's best years chartwise. Inhe appeared in his first film, Play It Coolmodelled on the Elvis films. The hit single from the film was "Once Upon a Dream". Fury's We Want Billy! The album from the film was made available in stereo. Fury left Decca Records inafter signing to a five-year recording contract with Parlophone.
Having had more UK hits, such as " It's Only Make Believe " and " I Will " written by Dick Glassernot to be confused with the Paul McCartney songboth inand "In Thoughts of You"Fury began a lengthy absence from the charts inand underwent surgery for heart problems in and which led to his abandoning touring. In the mids Fury went out on the road with Marty Wilde. Away from the spotlight, he focused on wildlife preservation.
Fury was also forced to sign over his royalties and publishing income. Worse was to follow in March when Fury, working on his own farm, collapsed and almost died. He returned to touring later that year, and his next two singles, "Love or Money" and "Devil or Angel", just dented the UK chart. Owing to his health, Fury did little touring to promote the new album. His last public appearance was at the Sunnyside pub, Northamptonon 4 December A few days before he died, Fury recorded a live performance for the Channel 4 television show, Unforgettablefeaturing six of his old hits,  although, at the request of his mother, only four of them were broadcast.
Fury lived with "Lady Lee" Middleton from to During this time, he had a short relationship with actress Amanda Barriehis co-star in I've Gotta Horse. They lived together in London, and sometimes on Fury's farm in Walesfrom until his death, although they were leading separate lives for the last two years.
After returning from a recording session in the early hours of 28 JanuaryFury collapsed from a heart attack at his home in London. He was taken to St Mary's Hospital in Paddingtonbut died later in the afternoon, aged A week later a funeral service was held at the St John's Wood church in London, for which his body was embalmed by Desmond Henley.
A song issued posthumously entitled "Forget Him" became his final chart hit. All the artists performed for free and the money raised was donated to the Billy Fury memorial fund for research into heart disease. It was narrated by Ian Dury. Between and the song " Wondrous Place ", a favourite of Its Only Make Believe - Billy Fury - The Very Best Of Billy Fury he re-recorded it at least three times during his careerlater received wide airplay on British television In The Evening - Yusef Lateef - The Complete Yusef Lateef it was used as the theme for a Toyota Yaris car advertisement.
The alleyway was decorated with a large mural of his face at the West Hampstead endwhich was unveiled and blessed on Friday 29 July The singer's estate licensed the tracks to benefit his memorial fund, which finances equipment purchases for hospital heart units. In NovemberIts Only Make Believe - Billy Fury - The Very Best Of Billy Fury co-operation between the estate and Peaksoft resulted in the issuing of a second CD, The Lost Album PEAwhich attempted to construct the format of an album Afro Celt Sound System - Anatomic by Fury in —71, but which was never released.
Fury's backing band from untilwhen he stopped touring due to ill health, were Fury's Tornados, named by Fury and his then manager Hal Carter. Fury is also remembered in the work of tribute bands such as another theatre show called "The Billy Fury Voluptus - Pain Teens - Beast Of Dreams. NME — May . From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Bill Fury.
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