The Night I Met Billy Fury
I was brought up to be polite and thanked Nick profusely and he told me Billy's hair was different in the flesh. I walked back over to me mates, holding his pic close to my heart.
Just as I'm about to join in bopping to a bit of Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Nick reappears and beckons me again.
"Come with me, you can see for yourself, he would like to meet you!"
I followed Nick through the door and Billy was standing there, waiting. Yes! Waiting for ME!
Anyone will tell you that I'm not shy and certainly not known for blushing, (except for the time aged 9 that I curtsied during the Military Two Step at Dance Class and ripped me drawers!)
He was soooo gorgeous!
My face was flushed and my heart was beating so fast, I thought I would die.
"It's lovely to meet you," he said
I wanted to say, "It's lovely to meet you too, and your hair is great tonight"
What I actually said was, "Ner mer ner mer ner"
He smiled at me and gently took my hand. He had beautiful twinkly eyes and he laughed.
"I always find meeting someone new nerve wracking too. I won't bite, promise."He said
He made me feel so relaxed. Then he said, "You're a bit young to like my stuff."
So I explained about having older cousins and my liking for 50's and 60's music.
"What's your favourite?" he asked.
"Devil or Angel", I replied.
"Wow, I'm impressed. You DO know my music. Most people say "Halfway to Paradise"
We chatted a bit longer, I told him I liked his hairstyle.
He was lovely. so shy and unassuming. We said our goodbyes and he gave me a gentle kiss on the cheek.
I knew, even then, that I would never forget meeting him.
I joined me mates. Billy came on stage.
After a few songs, he looked out across the audience. He had his hand up to his eyes against the glare of the spotlight.
"I met a lovely young lady here tonight, and this song is for her. Where are you, Sue?"
I was jumping up and down. "I'm here Billy, I'm here!"
He sang "Devil or Angel" all the time looking out at me. He made me feel so special.
Sadly, Billy died in 1983, aged 42. I will never forget him.
A few years ago I went to see a tribute night to Billy Fury. The chap singing was excellent and sounded quite like Billy. As good as this soundalike was, no- one could ever match Billy's charisma or stage presence.