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Halfway to Paradise - The Billy Fury Story

Published Wednesday 7 May 2008 at 13:10 by Lee Wilkinson

In the sixties Billy Fury enjoyed a string of some two dozen hit singles and most of them are featured in this musical presentation.

An exponent of the beat ballad, Fury boasted smouldering good looks, a magnetic stage presence, wrote some of his own songs and was still making good records right up to his untimely death at the age of 42, in January 1983.

His backing band from the seventies, Fury’s Tornados, teamed up with Colin Gold, who appeared as Fury in TV’s Stars in Their Eyes, and the resultant show is now celebrating its tenth anniversary tour.

Gold seems to slip easily into his role as he strolls on stage in a bronze jacket and adopts Fury’s trademark posture, collar raised, coat slung over his shoulder, as he manipulates the microphone stand.

More importantly, he possesses the vocal technique and range to do full justice to all those classic recordings, from the rock’n’roll of Don’t Knock Upon My Door, to the emotive Halfway to Paradise and the slow, sentimental Maybe Tomorrow.

Besides providing solid support for Gold, the four band members have moments of their own and prove to be first-rate musicians. Keyboard player Charlie Eston, who was Fury’s musical arranger, plays a classy piano piece and guitarist Chris Raynor sings a moving number he recently wrote about Fury. Bass guitarist Graham Wyvill is equally at home on electric and stand-up versions, whilst John Raynor impresses on the drum kit.

This performance is a worthy tribute to a genuine pop star.

Production information

Ashcroft, Croydon, April 30, then touring until November 16

BFSL Productions
Colin Gold, Charlie Eston, John Raynor, Graham Wyvill, Chris Raynor
Running time:
2hrs 25mins

Production information displayed was believed correct at time of review. Information may change over the run of the show.

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Run sheet

King's Head, Islington London
January 24-February 15 2014