THE story of wildly successful and much loved rock n’ roll star Billy Fury will be told at Mansfield Palace Theatre on 8th October.
Michael Parkinson’s Billy Fury Show is an all singing, all dancing tribute to the 1960s rocker, whose suggestive hip-swiveling and ability to pen hugely popular singles cemented his legacy as a top pop star despite his death aged just 42.
The show will include around 80 selected dancers from the Excelsior School of Dance in Mansfield Woodhouse and the Christine March School of Dance, Kirkby, as well as groups from Nottingham and Loughborough.
There will also be film clips, stories and 50 actual Billy Fury songs with permission of his record labels Decca and Parlophone, as well as two two specialty numbers.
Fellow pop star Vince Eager will give a personal tribute to My Pal Bill.
A spokesman for the show said: “This is a tribute show with a difference because it features actual Billy Fury recordings, not someone impersonating him.”
Written by Michael Parkinson, the show was first performed at Nottingham Arts Theatre in July 2010,
The first show was so popular that an additional performance was added and £1,245 was donated to Michael’s chosen charity, Jessie’s Fund.
Jean Wycherley, Billy Fury’s mother travelled from Liverpool to attend the show.
Billy Fury was born Ronald Wycherley in Liverpool on 17th April 1940, and made his name as a singer and songwriter.
In 1958, his first self-penned song (Maybe Tomorrow) went straight into the top 20 charts.
He made over 340 records and was in the singles top 20 charts for 281 weeks.
He had a career total of 29 hit singles - equalling the record of pop megastars The Beatles - and 11 top ten hits. He also starred in three films. He died in 1983 aged 42.
His records are regularly played on radio and his films are still being sold.
A bronze statue of Billy stands on the riverside at Liverpool.
l Tickets are priced £10, £8 for concessions from the box office on Mansfield 633133.