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Billy Fury (17 Apr 1940 - 28 Jan 1983), born Ronald William Wycherley, was an internationally successful English singer from the late-1950s to the mid-1960s, and remained an active songwriter until the 1980s. Rheumatic fever, which he first contracted as a child, damaged his heart and ultimately contributed to his death. An early British rock and roll (and film) star, he equalled The Beatles' record of 24 hits in the 1960s, and spent 332 weeks on the UK chart, without a chart-topping single or album
Fury lived with Lee Middleton from 1959 to 1967. He married Judith Hall in May 1969, but later left her for heiress Lisa Voice (née Rosen). They lived together in London and sometimes on Fury's farm in Wales, from 1971 until his death. Fury was a keen birdwatcher
After returning from a recording session in London in the early hours of 28 Jan 1983, Fury collapsed in his home in London during the night. His manager Tony Read found him unconscious the next morning. He was rushed to a hospital, but died later in the afternoon at 2.10pm. He was 42 years old. A week later his funeral was held at the St. John´s Wood Church in London. Among the mourners were Larry Parnes, Marty Wilde, Hal Carter and Mick Green in addition to family members, friends and fans. After the service, Fury was buried at Mill Hill Cemetery
A track issued posthumously, "Forget Him", became his final single chart hit [Wikipedia]
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