Famous - but not for long
THEY were names and faces familiar across the nation.
In the 1950s as rock 'n'roll made its impact with it came a new generation
of singing stars.
Some were to remain at the top for decades to come. Others enjoyed a brief
moment of fame before sinking into obscurity. Among them were a good looking
young singer with a bright future - until, that is, he married and a dumb
blonde who became a TV legend.
Almost half a century after he hit the headlines we ask...
Who remembers Terry Dene?
A good performer, it was generally agreed he could have been an all-time
British rock 'n'roll great.
But he was the first teenage idol in this country to get married, taking
popular singer Edna Savage as his bride, and then join the army. All this
proved too much and he suffered a very public nervous breakdown.
His claim to fame was the hit A White Sport Coat (And a Pink Carnation).
After leaving the rock scene he turned his back on seeking fame and fortune
and went for a life of religion.
Who remembers Billy Fury?
LIVERPOOL born Ronald Wycherley has a special place in the history of rock
'n'roll. For as Billy Fury he became a essentially English teenage idol.
His first hit was Maybe Tomorrow in April 1959 and it was followed by
several more until 1966.
On leaving the music business he retired to a remote farm in Wales. Billy
Fury died in 1983 aged 42.
Written by The Editor - 11/01/2003 10:13:25
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