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Billy Fury
Birth: Apr. 17, 1940
Liverpool
Merseyside, England
Death: Jan. 28, 1983
Paddington
Greater London, England

British Pop/Rock Singer. He was born Ronald Wycherly in Liverpool, England, in 1940. At the age of six he was plagued with rheumatic fever, the beginning of many health problems. At the age of 11 he began taking music lessons on the piano and the guitar at age 14. In 1955 he was leading his own group, while earning money by working on a tugboat as a stevedore. In 1958 he won a talent contest and began to write his own songs and play locally. In 1958 he was discovered by impresario Larry Parnes, and appeared on "The Larry Parnes Extravaganza" where he met Marty Wilde, an up and coming rock star. In 1959 his career began when he recorded his song, "Maybe Tomorrow" which hit the charts, later also appearing in the televised play, "Strictly For Sparrows." In 1960 Eddie Cochran was going to get him onto a tour, but Cochran died in a car accident that same year. After numerous hits, he released his debut album, "The Sound Of Fury" considered to be the best rock 'n' roll long-player to come out of England at the time. The album did well up into the 1990s, released several times, including a CD version, and in the 1970's, Keith Richards said it was the greatest rock 'n' roll album of its era. In 1960, Decca Records changed the style of his songs by softening them up a bit, and with the 'Four Kestrels' he released, "Talkin' In My Sleep" and "Don't Worry." In 1961 he released, "Halfway To Paradise" which hit #3 on the chart, and later, "Jealousy" at #5 and "I'd Never Find Another You" at #2. In 1962 he was at the top of his fame with numerous hits, appearing in the film, "Play It Cool" and even going to America and meeting Elvis Presley on the set of his film, "Girls Girls Girls" in 1963. He later released the album, "We Want Billy" and appeared in "Ready! Steady! Go!" in 1964, and in the autobiographical movie of his life, "I've Got A Horse!" and his own television series up through 1965. In 1966 his health began to deteriorate and left Decca Records, signing a 5 year deal with EMI's Parlophone Records, but no big successes. In 1970 and 1971, Fury had open-heart surgery, and began performing again in 1972. In the mid-1970s, he released the album, "The Sound Of Fury" and toured England with Marty Wilde. In 1976 he again had heart surgery, which brought an end to his recording career, but led to television appearances. In 1978 he re-recorded his hit songs for the K-Tel and Polydor Record Labels. In March 1981 while working on his farm he collapsed and nearly died. In 1981 he went on and released "Be Mine Tonight," "Love Or Money," and "Devil Or Angel," on the English charts that same year. Other songs include "Wondrous Place," "Fools Errand (Do You Really Love Me?)," "A Thousand Stars," "In Thoughts Of You," and "Colette." (bio by: K) 
 
Burial:
Mill Hill Cemetery
Mill Hill
London Borough of Barnet
Greater London, England
 
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Record added: Apr 07, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7337320
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- Lorna (Scotland)
 Added: Apr. 18, 2015
Belated happy birthday Billy.Always in our thoughts, love and miss you still. chrissy xxxx
- chrissy
 Added: Apr. 17, 2015

- Bunny
 Added: Apr. 17, 2015
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