Billy Fury Similar Artists

Marty Wilde - 100% match to Billy Fury

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Reginald Leonard Smith, 15 April 1936, London, England. After playing briefly in a skiffle group, this UK rock ‘n’ roll singer secured a residency at London’s Condor Club under the name Reg Patterson. He was spotted by songwriter Lionel Bart, who subsequently informed entrepreneur Larry Parnes. The starmaker was keen to sign the singer and rapidly took over hi Read more

Bobby Vee - 95% match to Billy Fury

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Robert Thomas Velline, 30 April 1943, Fargo, North Dakota, USA. Vee’s first exposure to the rock ‘n’ roll scene occurred in macabre circumstances when his group, the Shadows, deputized for Buddy Holly after the singer was killed in an air crash in February 1959. Soon after, Vee’s group were discovered by famed producer Snuff Garrett and saw their indepen Read more

Johnny Tillotson - 95% match to Billy Fury

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Easy Listening Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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20 April 1939, Jacksonville, Florida, USA. Tillotson’s father was a country music disc jockey and Johnny himself was appearing on local radio from the age of nine. His parents encouraged his talent by giving him first a ukulele and then a guitar, and he was influenced by the singing cowboys (Gene Autry, Roy Rogers) and country singer Hank Williams. He appeared regularly Read more

Adam Faith - 91% match to Billy Fury

Genres: Pop / Rock Soundtracks World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Terence Nelhams, 23 June 1940, Acton, London, England, d. 8 March 2003, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. During the British ‘coffee bar’ pop music phenomenon of the late 50s two artists reigned supreme: Cliff Richard and Adam Faith. While the former has shown astonishing staying power the young Faith had a remarkable run of hit records during the comparative Read more

Craig Douglas - 89% match to Billy Fury

Genres: Vocals World Music
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 2000s
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Terence Perkins, 12 August 1941, Newport, Isle Of Wight, England. After moving to London in the mid-50s, Douglas came under the wing of agent Bunny Lewis, appeared on the television show 6.5 Special, and won a record contract with Decca Records before moving to Dick Rowe’s label, Top Rank. Covering American hits was the classic route to chart success, and in 1959 Dougl Read more

John Leyton - 78% match to Billy Fury

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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John Dudley Leyton, 17 February 1939, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, England. Originally a small-time actor in the television series Biggles, Leyton’s good looks won him a recording contract with Top Rank Records. Backed by the strong management of Robert Stigwood and talented producer Joe Meek, he recorded ‘Tell Laura I Love Her’, but lost out to the chart-topping R Read more

Frank Ifield - 71% match to Billy Fury

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Easy Listening Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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30 November 1937, Coventry, Warwickshire, England. The most successful recording artist in the UK during the early 60s, Ifield is now also one of the most underrated. At the age of nine, his family emigrated to Australia, and Ifield entered showbusiness during his teens. He first came to prominence in Australia during 1957 with ‘Whiplash’, a song about the 1851 Aus Read more

Gene Pitney - 69% match to Billy Fury

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Gene Francis Alan Pitney, 17 February 1941, Hartford, Connecticut, USA, d. 5 April 2006, Cardiff, Wales. Although Pitney began recording in 1959 (‘Classical Rock ‘N’ Roll’ was recorded with Ginny Mazarro as Jamie And Jane), his initial success came as a songwriter, providing the Kalin Twins with ‘Loneliness’, Roy Orbison with ‘Today’s Read more

Bobby Rydell - 67% match to Billy Fury

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Robert Ridarelli, 26 April 1942, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Probably the most musically talented of the late 50s Philadelphia school of clean-cut teen-idols, Rydell first performed in public as a drummer at the age of seven. At nine he debuted on Paul Whiteman’s Teen Club amateur television show and was the show’s regular drummer for three years. He attended Read more

Helen Shapiro - 63% match to Billy Fury

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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28 September 1946, Bethnal Green, London, England. Shapiro drew considerable attention when, as a 14-year-old schoolgirl, she scored a UK Top 3 hit with ‘Don’t Treat Me Like A Child’. A deep intonation belied her youth, and by the end of 1961 the singer had scored two chart-topping singles with ‘You Don’t Know’ and ‘Walkin’ Back To Hap Read more

The Bachelors - 62% match to Billy Fury

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Dublin, Eire, in 1958, the Bachelors were originally known as both the Harmony Chords and Harmonichords and featured brothers Conleth Cluskey (18 March 1941), Declan Cluskey (b. 12 December 1942) and John Stokes (b. Sean James Stokes, 13 August 1940). The Dublin-born trio initially worked as a mainstream folk act, all three playing harmonicas. In 1961, they were di Read more

Tommy Steele - 60% match to Billy Fury

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s
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Thomas Hicks, 17 December 1936, Bermondsey, London, England. After serving as a merchant seaman, Hicks formed a skiffle trio called the Cavemen, with Lionel Bart and Mike Pratt, before being discovered by entrepreneur John Kennedy in the 2i’s coffee bar in Soho, London. A name change to Tommy Steele followed, and after an appearance at London’s Condor Club, the boy Read more

Del Shannon - 58% match to Billy Fury

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Charles Westover, 30 December 1934, Coopersville, Michigan, USA, d. 8 February 1990, Santa Clarita, California, USA. From the plethora of clean, American, post doo-wop male vocalists to find enormous success in the early 60s, only a small handful retained musical credibility. Shannon was undoubtedly from this pedigree. More than 40 years after his chart debut, Shannon’s Read more

Gene Vincent - 57% match to Billy Fury

Genres: Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Vincent Eugene Craddock, 11 February 1935, Norfolk, Virginia, USA, d. 12 October 1971, Newhall, California, USA. One of the original bad boys of rock ‘n’ roll, the self-destructive Vincent was involved in a motorcycle crash in July 1955 and his left leg was permanently damaged. Discharged from the US Navy, he began appearing on country music radio and came under th Read more

Johnny Burnette - 57% match to Billy Fury

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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28 March 1934, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, d. 1 August 1964, Clear Lake, California, USA. Having attended the same high school as Elvis Presley, Johnny moved into the rockabilly genre by forming a trio with his brother Dorsey Burnette on string bass and schoolfriend Paul Burlison (b. 4 February 1929, Brownsville, Tennessee, USA, d. 27 September 2003, Horn Lake, Mississippi, US Read more


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