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Category: Music - Popular
Reference No: 10135
Status: Available
Price: £125.00
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Internationally successful British pop singer from the late 1950s to the early 1960s, real name Ron Wycherley.

Wycherley first attended a gig in Birkenhead, run by impresario Larry Parnes, in the hope of interesting the established artiste, Marty Wilde, in some of the songs he had written. Instead, in an episode that has become pop music legend, Parnes pushed young Wycherley up on stage right away. He was such an immediate success that Parnes signed him, added him to the tour, and renamed him 'Billy Fury'.

He released his first hit single for Decca, "Maybe Tomorrow", in 1959. He made his television debut soon after, in a televised play Strictly For Sparrows, and he was soon a fixture on televised musical showcases, such as Oh Boy! By March 1960, he reached #9 in the UK Singles Chart with his own composition "Colette",followed by "That's Love" and his first album The Sound of Fury.

Fury went on to equal The Beatles' record of 24 hits in the 1960s, and spent 332 weeks on the UK charts, without a chart-topping single or album.

Rheumatic fever, which he first contracted as a child, damaged his heart and ultimately contributed to his death.

This is a very fine vintage 1962 black and white Decca publicity photograph (5.75" x 3.25"), boldly signed ("Love, Billy Fury") across the image in blue ink. In very good condition (the image is sharper than suggested by my scanner, which, like all scanners, does not like printed photographs!)