Grantham rock ’n’ roller Vince Eager will be answering questions after a special showing of The Sound of Fury, a film about his late friend and fellow performer Billy Fury.
The film will be shown at 2pm and 7.30pm on Saturday, January 23. The evening screening will be followed by the question and answer session when the audience will be invited to ask Vince about his time with the legendary singer from Liverpool.
Former BBC cameraman, producer and director Mark Sloper has been a fan of Billy Fury ever since he can remember, and decided that the cataloguing of Billy’s life and achievements were long overdue. Ten years ago he set about searching every film and photo archive in existence, plus interviewing Billy’s nearest and dearest, his peers and his fans, including Vince. The outcome is “The Sound of Fury”, a brilliant 90 minute portrayal of the man revered as being Britain’s greatest ever rock ’n’ roller.
Born Ronald Wycherley in Liverpool on April 17, 1940, at Smithdown Hospital, Billy’s family were unaware that his being struck down with the heart-weakening disease rheumatic fever would determine that hospital wards would be the environment where Billy would spend much of his formative years.
While spending time in Liverpool’s Alderhay Children’s Hospital, Billy came to terms with the musicality offered by the guitar and was discovering chords, and his ability to combine them with lyrics that enabled him to follow his dream of becoming a singer/songwriter.
Billy played a couple of his own songs for Vince and his manager Larry Parnes backstage at a show in Birkenhead in 1958 and was immediately put on stage! A few days later he was heading for London where he would share a flat with Vince.
Billy equalled the Beatles’ record of 24 hits in the 1960s. Having spent 332 weeks in the charts, Billy’s heart finally succumbed and he passed away on January 28, 1983.
Tickets are £7 and available from the Guildhall box office (Tel: 01476 406158) or go to www.guildhallartscentre.com