Monday, May 7, 2012

Billy's Memorial Vandalised

Billy Thorpe & Lynn
The memorial at the Sunbury Pop Festival site for the late rocker Billy Thorpe has had it's plaque stolen and his widow Lynn Thorpe has expressed her dismay and sadness to her Facebook pals.

Manchester born Thorpe emigrated to Australia with his parents and became a child star using the name Little Rock Allen. By his early 20s he was the biggest Australian pop star with a string of hits and fronted his own television pop show. During the 80s he lived in the USA and had a number of hits there and wrote music for top TV shows like Star Trek, the Disney corporation and Universal Studios.

In the UK he formed a band with Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac before returning to live in Australia in the late 1990s. A hugely popular and well liked entertainer, Thorpe died of myocardial infarction at the age of 61 in 2007.

Anyone who knows where the plaque is should ring their local copper's station.
Below is Billy with his big hit "Over The Rainbow" from 1966: