Aussie legend to have memorial service

Billy Thorpe is honoured

Details have been announced for the memorial service to be held for legendary Australian musician Billy Thorpe.

As previously reported on NME.COM, the musician died in Sydney yesterday (February 28) after suffering a massive heart attack. He was 60 years old.

The service – which has been dubbed ‘Over The Rainbow’ after Billy Thorpe and The Aztecs’ 1964 cover of the ‘Wizard Of Oz’ theme tune – will take place at the Sydney Entertainment Centre from 3.45pm on Sunday (March 4).

Fans have been advised that around 7,000 free tickets will be available online from Ticketmaster and box offices at the Entertainment Centre, Martin Place and the Capitol Theatre in Sydney from 9am tomorrow morning (March 2), with a limit of four tickets per person.

Billy Thorpe was born in Manchester in 1946 and migrated to Brisbane with his family as a child.

In 1963, after establishing himself as a teen pop idol and moving to Sydney, he formed Billy Thorpe And The Aztecs, who disbanded several times but produced a string of hits throughout the 60s and 70s, and are credited with being one of Australia’s most influential rock n roll groups.

The musician was best known for the Billy Thorpe And The Aztecs‘ 1972 hit ‘Most People I Know (Think That I’m Crazy)’ and a solo US Top 20 concept album ‘Children Of The Sun’, from 1979.