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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock'n'roll balladeer from Liverpool, 7 Oct 2003
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Peter Durward Harris "Pete the music fan" (Leicester England) - See all my reviews
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Billy's UK chart success began in 1959, but he was not the first pop star to emerge from Liverpool, as both Lita Roza and Michael Holliday preceded him. Although generally thought of as a rock and roller, there isn't much evidence of that here, most of the songs being upbeat ballads. He never had any chart success in America although his American record sales are said to have been healthy. He had more than twenty British chart hits – this compilation simply takes the twenty biggest and leaves out the others.
In Britain, he is best remembered for Halfway to Paradise, a Goffin-King song that was an American hit for Tony Orlando at around the same time. Americans will also recognize Jealousy (a song that dates back to the 1920's but was a massive hit for Frankie Laine in 1951), It's only make believe (a top 10 UK hit despite Conway Twitty having topped the British charts with it only a few years earlier), Because of love (Elvis Presley) and I will, a song recorded by several American singers including Vic Dana and Skeeter Davis among others and which returned to the British charts in the seventies when covered by Ruby Winters.
Billy originally wanted to be a songwriter and his first three chart entries, Maybe tomorrow, Colette and That's love, were all self-penned. I'd never find another you, Last night was made for love, Like I've never been gone, When will you say I love you and In summer were other original songs that were successful for Billy though not actually written by him.
Billy's hottest period ran from 1961 to mid 1963, when his star faded as other Liverpool stars became more popular, but even the Beatles acknowledged the part that Billy played in putting Liverpool on the musical map. Billy is still regarded as an important early British hit-maker and his music may appeal to you if you like the music of Bobby Vee, Ricky Nelson, Buddy Holly and the Everly brothers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden Oldie, 6 Aug 2009
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How lovely to hear these songs again! Brings back all my youth. Reproduction is brilliant and I'm enjoying listening.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars well recommende, 21 Oct 2011
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Mrs. B. Harrison (uk) - See all my reviews
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if you liked Billy Fury in the 60's you will enjoy this cd has all his famous hits on it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great CD, 15 Dec 2013
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A great CD if you like Billy Fury full of classics buy it if you want easy listening music on CD
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hit Parade, 10 Aug 2013
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Always a fan of Billy and this is a great album, some real classics on here and well worth the price
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent present, 1 Jun 2013
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Lovely present for my mum.I got her this as he was one of her mums favourite artists and she wanted to relive the songs
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5.0 out of 5 stars Memories, 24 April 2013
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As a 65 year old this brought back memories. The quality of the disc is really good without too much upgrading on it so it sounds authentic
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4.0 out of 5 stars NICE TO HEAR SOME GOOD OLDIES, 16 April 2013
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BILLY MADE SOME GOOD RECORDS IN HIS SHORT LIFE , BRINGS BACK MEMORIES OF MY YOUTH & COURTING DAYS WELL WORTH GETTING
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5.0 out of 5 stars Billy Fury Hit Parade CD, 15 Feb 2013
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Bought as a Christmas gift and the recipient loves it. Great CD fo any Billy Fury fan and I would recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars billy fury, 26 Dec 2012
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bought following going to see `that'll be the day` musical which featured songs from this artist which I relly liked
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