Billy Thorpe

Genres: Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": rock classic rock indie aussie home collection hard rock all australian Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

William Richard Thorpe, 29 March 1946, Manchester, Lancashire, England, d. 28 February 2007, Sydney, Australia. Arriving in Sydney, via Brisbane, in 1964, Thorpe soon joined a band, the Aztecs, with whom he could perform at dances in Sydney, playing the new beat music coming from England. Following the success of their first single ‘Blue Day’ in Sydney, they recorded Leiber And Stoller’s ‘Poison Ivy’ after hearing the Rolling Stones’ version, and the song became an Australian number 1 hit in 1965. Inexplicably, Thorpe broke up this band and started recording with a ‘new’ Aztecs, MOR ballads such as ‘Twilight Time’ and ‘Love Letters’, all cover versions that were Australian Top 10 hit singles. By 1966 he was fronting his own television show It’s All Happening!, but the hits dried up and the second Aztecs disbanded.

Undeterred, Thorpe took up the guitar and grew his hair. He...

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