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Remembering An Aussie Rock Legend Called Thorpie

Aussie singer, songwriter and musician Billy Thorpe died on the 28th of February 2007.


Billy was born in the UK in 1946 and his family moved to Australia in 1955.

When he was ten he was singing and performing in Queensland in regional towns and on tv.

In '63 he moved to Sydney where he put together The Aztecs and they played around Kings Cross.

The band's third single Poison Ivy reached Number 3 in the charts.

Other charts hits in the 60's and 70's included Most People I Know, Over The Rainbow and Mashed Potato.

The band's most famous performance was at the first Sunbury Festival in 1972.

In '75 Billy broke up The Aztecs and he released the great song It's Almost Summer.

In '76 Billy moved to America releasing solo albums and working on tv scores.

He returned to Sydney in '96 and released two autobiographies and performed at the allstar Mushroom 25 concert in 98.

Billy was working on a new album when he suffered a heart attack and died aged 60.

His honours included being inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1991 and Member of the Order of Australia awarded posthumously in June 2007.