Fury is still the king

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of the death of Billy Fury.

Now the 50s and 60s heartthrob’s name and music will be remembered on a special night at the Grand Theatre in Lancaster.

The Billy Fury Years’ 30th Anniversary Special sees Michael King and his band celebrate the musical career of Britain’s best loved rock n roll legend in a two-hour show.

Billy Fury was born Ronald William Wycherley in Liverpool on the 17th April 1940.

He was an internationally successful British pop singer from the late 1950s to the early 1960s, and remained an active songwriter until the 1980s. Rheumatic fever, which damaged his heart, contributed to his death in 1983.

In the 60s, Fury had more Decca hits than any other artist including the Rolling Stones. He equalled The Beatles’ record of 24 hits and spent a total of 332 weeks on the UK charts. He was the fourth biggest selling artist of the 60s after The Beatles, Cliff and Elvis.

Such is his popularity that in 2007 a bronze statue of Billy was unveiled at the Liverpool Albert Dock.

The show is on Sunday, February 24 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £17 (£16 concessions) and are available from the Grand box office or call 01524 64695.