Known for movies

Short Info

DiedJanuary 28, 1983, Paddington, London, United Kingdom
FactOne of his last television screen appearances was as a surprise guest on This Is Your Life (1955). He came on with his guitar.

Billy Fury was born on April 17, 1940, in Dingle, Liverpool, England. His parents were Albert and Sarah Jane (née McGovern) Fury. He had three sisters: May, June, and Jean. His father was a dockworker and his mother was a homemaker. Fury was educated at St. Peter’s Catholic Primary School and then at Dingle Vale Secondary Modern School.

Fury’s career began when he was signed by Larry Parnes in 1958. He recorded his first single, “Maybe Tomorrow”, in 1959. It was followed by “Colette”, “Angela Jones”, and “Halfway to Paradise”. These four singles all reached the Top 30 in the UK Singles Chart.

Fury’s net worth was estimated at $5 million at the time of his death. His salary was not publicly disclosed, but it is known that he earned significant income from his music career.

Fury was married to Judith Halverson from 1964 until his death in 1983. They had two children: Gary and Julie. Fury also had a relationship with Astrid Kirchherr, who was the inspiration for the Beatles’ song “Strawberry Fields Forever”.

Fury was 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall and had blue eyes and brown hair.

General Info

Full NameBilly Fury
DiedJanuary 28, 1983, Paddington, London, United Kingdom
Height1.77 m
ProfessionActor, Singer, Songwriter


ParentsSarah Jane Wycherley, Albert Edward Wycherley
SiblingsJason Eddie


AwardsNME Award for Artist for Poll Concert
NominationsNME Award for World Male Singer, NME Award for British Male Singer, NME Award for British Vocal Personality, NME Award for World Musical Personality
MoviesThat'll Be the Day, I've Gotta Horse, Play It Cool

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1Discovered by pop manager Larry Parnes who changed his name from Ronald Wycherly to Billy Fury and guided him on the road to stardom in the early 60's.
2Fury had rheumatic fever as a child and suffered from heart disease all of his life, which led to his early death.
3The most successful artist in British chart history never to have had a #1 record.
4Enjoyed many big hit records in the UK, including "Halfway to Paradise", "Jealousy" and "Last Night Was Made For Love".
5One of his last television screen appearances was as a surprise guest on This Is Your Life (1955). He came on with his guitar.
6From 1971 until his death in 1983 he lived with Lisa Rosen
7Between 1959 and 1967, lived with Lee Middleton, before she married Kenny Everett



The Brontes at the BBC2016TV Movie documentary performer: "Halfway to Paradise" - uncredited
The Indian Doctor2010TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
An Education2009performer: "Maybe Tomorrow" / writer: "Maybe Tomorrow"
Telstar: The Joe Meek Story2008performer: "Play it Cool"
The Last Yellow1999performer: "I Love How You Love Me"
Where the Heart Is1998TV Series performer - 1 episode
Nothing Personal1995performer: "Once Upon A Dream"
Blonde Fist1991performer: "Like I've never been gone"
Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll Style1983Video documentary performer: "Don't Knock Upon My Door" - uncredited / writer: "Don't Knock Upon My Door" - uncredited
That'll Be the Day1973performer: "A Thousand Stars", "Long Live Rock", "That's All Right Mama", "What Did I Say"
I've Gotta Horse1965performer: "I've Gotta Horse", "Stand By Me", "Do The Old Soft Shoe", "I Like Animals", "Find Your Dream", "Won't Somebody Tell Me Why", "You've Got To Look Right For The Part", "Finale Medley"
Shindig!1965TV Series performer - 1 episode
Juke Box Jury1963TV Series performer - 1 episode
Play It Cool1962performer: "Play It Cool", "Once Upon A Dream", "Twist Kid", "Let's Paint The Town", "You're Swell"


That'll Be the Day1973Stormy Tempest
I've Gotta Horse1965Billy
Play It Cool1962Billy Universe
ITV Television Playhouse1958TV Series


The Golden Shot1969TV SeriesHimself
Discotheque1969TV SeriesHimself
Dee Time1968TV SeriesHimself
Doddy's Music Box1967-1968TV SeriesHimself
Five O'Clock Club1963-1966TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Thank Your Lucky Stars1961-1966TV SeriesHimself
Ready, Steady, Go!1963-1966TV SeriesHimself
Discs a Go-Go1965TV SeriesHimself
Top of the Pops1964-1965TV SeriesHimself
Shindig!1965TV SeriesHimself - Singer
The Kathy Kirby Show1964TV SeriesHimself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium1963TV SeriesHimself
Holiday Music1963TV SeriesHimself
Like ... Music1962TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Guest
Kingsley Amis Goes Pop1962TV Mini-SeriesHimself
All That Jazz1962TV SeriesHimself - Performer
David Brinkley's Journal1961TV SeriesHimself
Crackerjack!1961TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Billy Cotton Band Show1960TV SeriesHimself
Wham!1960TV SeriesHimself - Performer / Himself
Spectacular1960TV SeriesHimself
Boy Meets Girls1960TV SeriesHimself
Oh Boy!1959TV SeriesHimself
Drumbeat1959TV SeriesHimself - Vocalist

Archive Footage

Omnibus1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Chasing Rainbows - A Nation and Its Music1986TV Series documentaryHimself
The Rock 'n' Roll Years1985TV SeriesHimself
Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll Style1983Video documentaryHimself
Ready Steady Go, Volume 11983DocumentaryHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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