Billy and his Tornados blow in to Swindon

Michael King as Billy Fury

Michael King as Billy Fury

First published in by , Feature writer

Billy Fury and The Tornados were a 1960s phenomenon storming their way to the hearts of fans who are still true to the rock and rollers today.

So much so that Michael King, himself a Billy Fury superfan, has created a theatre show based on the music of the star, called The Billy Fury Years.

The sparkling show, covering much of the teen idol’s back catalogue, is heading for Swindon’s Wyvern Theatre on Sunday at 7.30pm.

Michael’s show is not just a tribute, but a theatrical experience of life in rock and roll Britain during the 1960s.

He uses the timeless songs of Billy Fury, like Last Night Was Made For Love, I Will, Wondrous Place, Jealousy, Halfway To Paradise and many more, in a two-hour show performed by his carefully-chosen band of musicians.

Billy Fury, alias Ronald Wycherley, was a shy boy from Liverpool. His band, The Tornados, had their own style and their own hits, such as Telstar, and performed the theme tune to the children’s favourite Stingray.

Combined, Billy and The Tornados epitomised the feel of the era, the new teen sound that changed the face of music.

Tickets for Sunday’s Wyvern show are £19 from 01793 524481. – Flicky Harrison

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