Well before The Beatles, Billy Fury was the biggest recording star hailing from
Liverpool. He had as many hit records as the Fab Four: 24 during the 1960s.
Born Ronald Wycherley in 1940, in the late 1950s he went to meet pop manager
and impresario Larry Parnes at the Essoldo Theatre in Birkenhead, hoping to
interest one of Parnes' protégés, well-known singer Marty Wilde, in some of the
songs he had written. Instead, in an episode that has become pop music legend,
Parnes pushed young Wycherley up on stage right away.He was such an immediate
success that Parnes signed him, added him to the tour, and renamed him Billy
Fury. The Sound Of Fury, released in 1960 was Billy Fury’s debut album. Originally a 10”
LP it was build up of original songs (many credited to Wilbur Wilberforce, one of
Fury’s pseudonyms) and remains one of the very best UK Rock’n’Roll LPs, it stands
well comparisons with the debuts American greats of the genre like those of Eddie
Cochran’s or Gene Vincent’s, and is a good sample of Fury’s early years when his
sexual and provocative stage act shocked the country. In October 1959 the UK
music magazine NME commented that Fury's stage antics had been drawing much
press criticism and thus he’d be later forced to tone down.