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Billy Fury: Wondrous Place - The Brits Are Rocking, Vol.2 (CD)

1-CD with 36-page booklet, 34 tracks. Total playing time 73:46 minutes.

Spotlight on Billy Fury, one of Britains most successful pop acts of the 1960s.
When you think of Billy Fury, you first think of his great ballads like Halfway To Paradise and Jealousy.
Bear Family goes beyond the usual 'Best Of' compilations and presents an extensive documentary of his career in the 50s and 60s.
Decca recordings made between 1958 and 1964, incl. eight masters from the iconic ’The Sound Of Fury’ album, a Keith Richards favorite.
With 34 single tracks of remastered recordings we provide a CD full to the brim. In the illustrated 36-page booklet Ashley Woods tells Billy Fury’s story.
Part 2 in our series presenting British Rock 'n' Roll (see also BCD17581 by Tommy Steele).

Billy Fury (1940 – 1983) was one of the most successful British chart acts of the 1960s with only Cliff Richard, The Shadows and The Beatles spending more weeks in the UK Top 50 during that decade. Chiefly remembered for “moody beat ballads” such as Halfway To Paradise and Jealousy, it is easy to forget that his first 18 months on the Decca label were spent recording almost exclusively original material culminating in ’The Sound Of Fury’, described by Keith Richards in 1971 as “one fantastic album. Songs he’d written, like people do now, he got some people he knew to play together and did it.” 

However, despite a relentless concert schedule and regular promotion via television shows such as Jack Good’s pioneering ’Oh Boy!’, ’Boy Meets Girls’ and ’Wham!!’, Billy’s releases weren’t the smash hits they deserved to be and demand for higher chart placings led to a record company and management instigated shift in musical policy. While that change certainly reaped sales dividends and made him a household name, Fury’s career as a songwriter was effectively put on hold.

Grey area releases usually focus on the well-known hits but this Bear Family compilation, licensed from Decca / Universal, spotlights sixteen Fury compositions (including eight tracks from that classic debut LP) alongside many lesser known tracks from his extensive 1958 to 1964 catalogue with a slant towards the kind of upbeat material he was often accused of abandoning. A worthy companion piece to any Fury ’Greatest Hits’ set, this collection helps provide a more rounded view of Billy’s strengths as an artist and presents the listener with a different spin on the sound of Fury.

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  • Interpret: Billy Fury

  • Album titlle: Wondrous Place - The Brits Are Rocking, Vol.2 (CD)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Price code AH
  • Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
  • Artikelart CD

  • Year of publication 2019
  • EAN: 5397102175831

  • weight in Kg 0.115
Fury, Billy - Wondrous Place - The Brits Are Rocking, Vol.2 (CD) CD 1
01 Gonna Type A Letter Billy Fury
02 Baby How I Cried Billy Fury
03 Comin' Up In The World Billy Fury
04 Wondrous Place Billy Fury
05 Don't Leave Me This Way Billy Fury
06 Colette Billy Fury
07 Keep Away Billy Fury
08 Running Around Billy Fury
09 Bumble Bee Billy Fury
10 Nothin' Shakin' (But The Leaves On A Tree) Billy Fury
11 My Advice Billy Fury
12 Don't Say It's Over Billy Fury
13 Unchain My Heart Billy Fury
14 Sticks And Stones Billy Fury
15 Twist Kid Billy Fury
16 Push Push Billy Fury
17 Baby Come On Billy Fury
18 What Did I Do Billy Fury
19 If I Lose You Billy Fury
20 One Kiss Billy Fury
21 Play It Cool Billy Fury
22 Sweet Little Sixteen Billy Fury
23 Don't Knock Upon My Door Billy Fury
24 That's Love Billy Fury
25 Don't Jump Billy Fury
26 Tell Me How Do You Feel Billy Fury
27 Talkin' In My Sleep Billy Fury
28 I'd Never Find Another You Billy Fury
29 I'm Moving On Billy Fury
30 It's You I Need Billy Fury
31 Phone Call Billy Fury
32 Turn My Back On You Billy Fury
33 Alright, Goodbye Billy Fury
34 You're Having The Last Dance With Me Billy Fury
Ronald Wycherley was born in Liverpool on 17th April 1940. A period of serious illness with... more
"Billy Fury"

Ronald Wycherley was born in Liverpool on 17th April 1940. A period of serious illness with rheumatic fever in 1946 would lead to severe repercussions later in life with various ailments and specifically the heart problems that led to his premature death at the age of 42 in 1983. As a child and youth, Ronald suffered more than once from extended periods of illness, growing up to be a sensitive and slightly isolated lad with a keen interest in wildlife.
"I was always sick, I was always in hospital, lying in bed somewhere and I missed a hell of a lot of my schooling… every time I got back to school I didn’t know the kids - I was always the stranger."
Music was also a passion and though his attempt at piano lessons was short-lived, he was given a guitar on his 14th birthday and Ronald and his friend Billy Hatton (later to find fame as the bass player with Merseybeat combo The Fourmost) practiced together. It wasn’t long before Ronald was composing his own songs. “I could only play three or four chords so instead of trying to play songs that needed chords I didn’t know, I started writing my own songs using the chords I did know”. He carried on with his music after leaving school in 1955 and by the time of the skiffle craze, Ronald was working as a deckhand on a tugboat. He and other members of the crew formed The Formby Sniffle Gloop and a few years later, Ronald recalled his first public performance, playing Singing The Blues onboard the tugboat. A handful of local gigs ensued but the other group members moved on and Ronald left the tugs to begin work in a department store. While working at the store, his romantic disappointments with two women, Frances and Margo inspired several songs that saw later release including That’s Love, Margo, Don’t Knock On My Door and Maybe Tomorrow and he was also entering talent shows such as the ‘O.D.V.A. Talent Show’ in Bootle.

The earliest recorded evidence we have of the artist who would become Billy Fury is a two-sided 10inch acetate thought to have been recorded on the 18th of April 1958, the day after Ronald’s 18th birthday. Entered in the studio log book as ‘Youth with guitar’, this session took place at Phillips Sound Recording Service in Liverpool and consisted of four songs associated with Elvis Presley and two Wycherley originals - Love’s A-Callin’ and Baby. The site of this recording session is now commemorated with a blue plaque because later in the year, a local skiffle band called The Quarrymen (who went on to some notoriety) recorded two songs there for a demo disc .
It has been said that a tape of this session (along with a photograph taken at the local Star Studio) was sent to  ‘Pop Svengali’ Larry Parnes and led to the moment that changed Ronald’s life but Billy Hatton and noted Fury historian Chris Eley have also suggested (based on Hatton’s personal involvement and three friends who were present) that Hatton, Ronald and drummer Kenny Thompson recorded a different set of songs on a friend’s tape recorder at an address in Hawkstone Street specifically to send to Parnes. Hatton recalled, “I know that before he went to the Essoldo in Birkenhead, he came to our house and said, there’s some auditions going on in Birkenhead with this London agent. Will you come over and play for me. We got the train over there and ended up in this room. So that’s where he did his audition. Larry Parnes actually wasn’t there, it was one of his sidekicks but I actually played on the audition.” Chris Eley says that following the audition, Parnes’s agent gave Ronald a blank tape reel and he, Hatton and Thompson recorded Margo’and possibly Collette and My Babe and sent the reel to Parnes. Larry then wrote back to Wycherley asking him to be at the Birkenhead Essoldo when Marty Wilde’s package tour was in town. As Hatton relates, “Several weeks later he (Ronald) came down with his guitar in a cloth and he said, I’ve got to go over to the Essoldo in Birkenhead, there’s a show, they want me at it, I might be going on.”

Marty Wilde was due to appear at the Birkenhead Essoldo on 1st October 1958 and Ronald made his way backstage to see whether Marty and Larry were interested in his songs. Accounts vary slightly but essentially, the upshot was that on impressing both Wilde and supporting artist Vince Eager, their manager, Larry Parnes asked Ronald, “Have you got guts?” before almost literally pushing him onstage to open the next half of the show. The two thousand-strong crowd went wild and Parnes gave Wycherley £5 and told him to be at the tour bus at 10.00 the following morning. Interviewed for the ‘Liverpool Weekly News’ minutes after his by all accounts sensational three minute debut, Ronald commented, “I sent a tape recording to Larry Parnes a few weeks ago and I was asked to come here tonight”. The next day, Ronald was on the tour bus heading for Stretford Essoldo, Manchester.
Accounts differ as to when Ronald Wycherley became Billy Fury. When discussing this later, Billy said his preferred stage name was Stean Wade. Larry offered ‘Billy Fury’ but lost a coin toss over the choice. Needless to say, Ronald said he was slightly surprised the next time he was mentioned in the press (Billy said it was in an interview for the Daily Mirror) that his name was Billy Fury ! This may be another case where legend has become accepted fact as no such press mention can be traced despite extensive research and in fact, Vince Eager (who was on the bill for the Marty Wilde tour) has stated that the name Billy Fury was in place for the October 2nd performance at the Stretford Essoldo, Manchester even if it was too late for his name to appear in the programme and on posters.

Although this tour was now over (Marty was back on the road in a different package on the 5th), Larry Parnes had a busy month ahead. Within days he was in dispute with Jack Good whose new tv show ‘Oh Boy!’ was proving to be an instant sensation and is now widely regarded as the first truly great British rock ‘n’ roll television series. Larry was upset that Marty’s appearances on ‘Oh Boy!’ were being overshadowed because Good was giving too much time and preferential treatment to a new unknown artist (that’s Cliff Richard to you and me) and he made plain his displeasure with Good for this in the national and music press when he withdrew Marty from the show. The big loser in all this was Marty and during November he began trying to extricate himself from his contract with Parnes, who, not for the first or last time, found himself at loggerheads with an artist and an extremely valuable promotion outlet. In the midst of all this drama, Parnes was laying the groundwork for his latest discovery, Billy Fury and secured him a spot in a television play and arranged an audition with the record company responsible for Marty Wilde’s releases, Philips.

The 24th October 1958 ‘New Musical Express’ reported that Parnes’s new 16 year old discovery (he was 18 !) would be appearing „in a straight acting role in AR-TV’s play ‘Strictly For The Sparrows’ next Friday” and on 31st October, Billy did indeed appear briefly as a teddy boy, strumming his own song, Maybe Tomorrow. All he needed now was a record deal. The audition with Philips Records took place around this time but in what Billy later described as his most disappointing professional moment, he was rejected. His disappointment was short-lived as a matter of days later he was auditioning for Decca Records who decided to offer him a contract.
According to David and Caroline Stafford’s biography ‘Halfway To Paradise’, it was Larry (to his great credit) who persuaded ‘The Supreme Record Company’ that Billy should record his own composition Maybe Tomorrow for his debut release, perhaps mindful of the exposure it had already received  on television and to their credit, Decca allowed this. The song was recorded on 26th November and Billy also penned the B-side Gonna Type A Letter which according to paperwork was cut the following month, probably after revisions by Harry Robinson (a.k.a. Lord Rockingham) who earned a co-composer credit for his work. Released in January 1959, Maybe Tomorrow eventually reached the hit parade in March peaking at number 18 for two weeks in April, a promising start to his chart career. Larry had booked him for the top pop television shows of the day including appearances on ‘Cool For Cats’ (January 23rd), ‘The Jack Jackson Show’ (28th January) and ABC-TV’s ‘Oh Boy!’ (14th February and 14th March) and his first one-night stand tour opened at Worksop Regal on March 15th with a bill featuring Johnny Duncan and his Blue Grass Boys. The day after the end of this tour he was back on the road with The Mudlarks package show.

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I commend Bear Family on the brilliant job they've done here, from the sleeve-notes to the choice of recordings. Shaun Mather

I commend Bear Family on the brilliant job they've done here, from the sleeve-notes to the choice of recordings.
Shaun Mather - Now Dig This

20 Sep 2019

sehr gute Rock und Roll Scheibe

gut aufgemacht und seltene Titel 5 Sterne

da gibt es noch mehr richtig rockige Sachen im Königreich

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Tracklist
Fury, Billy - Wondrous Place - The Brits Are Rocking, Vol.2 (CD) CD 1
01 Gonna Type A Letter
02 Baby How I Cried
03 Comin' Up In The World
04 Wondrous Place
05 Don't Leave Me This Way
06 Colette
07 Keep Away
08 Running Around
09 Bumble Bee
10 Nothin' Shakin' (But The Leaves On A Tree)
11 My Advice
12 Don't Say It's Over
13 Unchain My Heart
14 Sticks And Stones
15 Twist Kid
16 Push Push
17 Baby Come On
18 What Did I Do
19 If I Lose You
20 One Kiss
21 Play It Cool
22 Sweet Little Sixteen
23 Don't Knock Upon My Door
24 That's Love
25 Don't Jump
26 Tell Me How Do You Feel
27 Talkin' In My Sleep
28 I'd Never Find Another You
29 I'm Moving On
30 It's You I Need
31 Phone Call
32 Turn My Back On You
33 Alright, Goodbye
34 You're Having The Last Dance With Me