Music from the Mersey | The story of pop music in Liverpool
CHANNEL | Radio 1
RECORDED | circa 1973
DURATION | 20 minutes 05 seconds
Billy Fury was one of the most successful acts belonging to showbiz impresario Larry Parnes in the 1960s. Though his early success may have been eclipsed in later years by the Liverpool bands that followed him, his clear voice and innate modesty ensured he remained one of Britain's best-loved rock singers. This is the raw, unedited recording of an interview for a documentary. The recording, which also includes halting prompts and suggestions from the director, has not been broadcast in its entirety before.
Billy Fury died in 1983, aged just 42, after a lifelong battle with rheumatism. Despite never scoring a Number One, he nevertheless had more hit singles in the 1960s than The Beatles. His song 'Wondrous Place', while only a minor hit on first release, led to a revival of interest in his music after it was used in a car advert on television in the 1990s. The song also lent its title to a book by Paul Du Noyer about the history of Liverpool's music.
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