1946 ~ 2007
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I had the pleasure of meeting Billy last year.
Rest in Peace Billy.
Love to your family at this difficult time
Hey You may be gone but never forgotten. We as well as a huge population of of Australia is feeling, a huge sense of loss, you were not only a rock star in your own life time but a great legend in my own life. I went to see U in Brissy with long way to the top. I was just so inspired by u,You will be sadly missed in this household. Love You, Know you are looking down on us all, Prob laughing.
I wish you well all family and friends and do sincerely hope you can be left alone to celebrate Billy's life as you want to.
Geoff & Sue Mckenzie
Whose gonna rock this town now? Fly high, Fly proud and fly loud Billy- we always loved you and always will- the echo of your passing is deafening-
Since waking this morning to the unbelievable news of Billy's passing, I have not stopped crying all day. I have been a life long fan and have been going to see Billy since I was about 14 years old, from the Thumping Tum, Catcher, Village Green on Saturday afternoons, 72 and 73 Sunbury's, at the Melbourne Town Hall, Myer Music Bowl and everywhere else he played in those days. In recent years we have been to every show at Crown Casino, Queenscliff Music Festival, a number of RSL clubs around Melbourne and with Deep Purple where he absolutely blew them off the stage, just to name a few. Sadly the last time was the Lobby Loyde concert in August. I only wished we had known he was in Melbourne at the weekend so we could have seen him for the last time. I can always remember the day my husband decided to leave me, November 1997 which also happened to be the Mushroom concert which was on television, even though I was devastated I still had to see Thorpie on the concert and for the time he was singing I forgot all about everything else, he always made me happy during my darkest time.
In recent months I have seen U2 and Eric Clapton and nothing, ABSOLUTELY nothing compares with Thorpie, nothing has, and I don't think anybody will ever move me the way he did. Every time I saw him I felt young again, and memories of Sunbury would come flooding back, I used to transform myself back to the old days. We all adored him and I know his music will live on forever. I was always amazed at the range of the age group that attended the shows, the 18 year olds loved him just as much, which used to make me a bit jealous and I wanted to say 'hey, he's ours', he belongs to our time when we were young, but no, he belongs to all ages and his legacy and what he has done for Australian music will live on forever. The thought of not never being able to go and see Thorpie again is just unbearable, music will never be the same again for me.
Deepest sympathy to family. We will love you forever Billy, you are an absolute legend and our hero.
A REAL AUSSIE ICON THANKS FOR YOUR VOCALS AND GUITAR SKILLS TO GIVE US BUDDING MUSO’S SOMEONE INITIATE OUR GUIDANCE.
Will miss your talents
I remember seeing Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs play on stage at the Whyalla "Civic Building" way back about 1966 .... Ray Brown & the Whispers was also playing, and then in the eighties Billy played at the Westland Pub.
Truly a sad day for all rock fans - a great artist, a real music legend; you'll be missed Billy.
Thanks for being an icon in my life Billy....so sad to see you go so soon.....my heartfelt condolonces to Mrs. Thorpe, daughters and family members.
Michelle, Moorooka, Brisbane. Qld
gunna miss you billy am so glad i have some of your music to remind me of you condolences to your family. rock on up there billy
Thank you for the music, the memories and for being the legend you were and always will be. Australia has lost another great talent, rock on Billy, now the brightest star in heaven.
We are deeply saddened at the passing of Billy, we had such great times watching you perform way back at the Whitehorse hotel etc etc.
Will miss you so much,we love you Billy.
Very saddened to hear of Billy’s passing. He was a true icon of Australian rock music. Monaro fm and Yass fm extend their condolences to his wife and his family. Rock on Billy.
You made this world a better and louder place
Thanks for the music Billy
A very sad day the day Billy Thorpe passed away. The loud rock legend, lovable character, pop idol of mine, things won't be the same. No more Poison Ivy, Mashed Potato Yeah! I hope for you Somewhere over the Rainbow you have found peace as you leave us crazy people here on Earth. Deepest sympathy to your family and friends. One of your thousands of fans Susie Allen. Gone but never forgotten. R.I.P.
Some people I know think that you were crazy, but you were nothing short of being an Australian Rock Icon. Your musical jouney took us to somewhere over the rainbow, it really did.
Our heartfelt sympathies go out to your family, and may God bless.
Such a shock waking this morning to this very sad news. Deepest condolences to Billys' family. Somewhere over that rainbow he will still be rocking. His music will live on forever...........
I think I'm still in shock and I will be for a while to come. Although I'm only 34, I'm a huge fan of Aussie music of the 60s and 70s - and Billy, you're at the top of the list (along with the great JOK).
My thoughts tonight go out to Lynn, Rusty, Lauren, and all of Billy's family and friends.
Rest In Peace, Billy - you are a true Aussie rock legend - and you aways will be (and you were a bloody nice bloke!).
I miss you already.
Teresa (Sth Australia) xoxo
Billy RIP (Rock in Peace)
I am writing this email listening to somewhere over the Rainbow, one of Billy's greatest songs.
My first BT concert was at the Trocoderio (spelling could be wrong) in George St city which was an 870 Club function (2GB) in 1964. I was hooked.
Sunbury was great, Dee Why Hotel, Capital theatre in Canberra, the Queanbeyan gig, etc.etc
I can remember going to concert at the Tivoli in Sydney (1982-1983) and everyone was yelling for Over the Rainbow, but Thorpie in his usual manner said "I am Fxxxking sick of singing this Fxxxing song", ignored the requests and immediately played Rock me Baby.
I was at one of His gigs at the Bondi Life Savers Club (early 70s) and the support group was unknown group called AC/DC, the lead singer said to me "if we could be as famous as Thorpie we have really made it"
The concert I enjoyed the most was his return Concert at the Dee Why RSL club, there we were all these 40 - 50 year olds straight from work in their suits and smart casual Gucci attire waiting for Thorpie and the original Aztecs to appear.
Question is do 40-50 year olds sit in their chairs, like respectable mature adults and clap enthusiastically at the end of each song.
No, not when Aztecs are playing, you do as you did when you were teenager charge the stage and rock on.
What a site it would have been for the uneducated, here was over 100 people in their 40s & 50s carrying on like there were in the teens, but then that was the magic of Thorpie.
I recently had the privilege of attending Thorpies acoustic gig at Fairfield RSL club, and it was unbelievable, how can someone pump out so much power at an acoustic show.
He did sing Over the Rainbow and it was great and acknowledged that it was one of His biggest hits.
As we all are what a great loss to the Ozzie music industry, but if was not for people like Thorpie we would not have an industry.
Thanks Billy for the memories and the muisic that will live on untill I RIP.
ONE OF MY FAVORITE SONGS BILLY! MOST PEOPLE I KNOW……………………….!! AN AUSSIE MUSIC LEGEND. FOREVER ETCHED INTO THAT OZ MUSIC LEGENDS BOARD. VALE BILLY THORPE,
FISH from ADELAIDE
Another Icon of our music heritage has now gone, the MUSIC LIVES ON and ON. Thanks for the rock that you put into our lives. Fantastic leather BILLY you looked great in them. I will always remember you and the music you made. May your close family and friends find comfort at this very sad time. Far too young to go, keep rocking Thorpy. Loved the Music....................... Janice Branch Bannockburn
The Day the Music Died
Thanks Billy, for everything. Your music, your energy, your love of life, inspired me. The first concert I ever saw was Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs, billed with Chain, 1972 in Geelong. It was the best, the loudest, the most
Love always, Gail
TO THE FAMILY OF MR BILLY THORPE.
Rest In Peace Billy your music was great and inspired pub rock in Australia. You will be sadly missed around Australia.
James from Adelaide
We grew up with Billy's fantastic sound, and performances, and still play his LP's (yes Vinyl's).
To his family, our deepest sympathy, he will be sadly missed.
His passing, a great loss to his family and the Australian Music Industry .
Derek & Kerry
Billy, you were a true legend. Your cheeky grin, and the wicked twinkle in your eyes had to be seen to be believed. You truly loved your music, and it showed. Seeing you perform was always a great privilege. I’m sure Bon will be waiting for you with a fag in one hand, and a scotch in the other. Rock on forever!! Sincere condolences to your “three girls.”
I went to see you last year as i said to my friend i dont want to die and not have seen you one last time , but here i am and you have gone , it is still so hard to believe .I have loved you since you first began and always will you are and will be always be the best . My thoughts are with his family at this sad time , but you will live in our hearts and mine forever and ever . LOVE YOU BILLY XXX CHRISXX
I am just so filled with sadness and my heart breaks for you, Lynne, Rusty & Lauren. May God bless you and keep you strong. I fell madly "in love" with Billy a long time ago...when he sang "Over The Rainbow" I was transfixed..to me Billy was the most gorgeous man alive.
May I share a memory with you... I was in Bondi Junction with my parents when I spotted Billy diving past in his red Aston Martin... I pleaded with my poor ol' Dad to chase him in our old car, which he did, and we found his car in the Grace Bros carpark, but no Billy. So, like a good Billy fan I sat and waited, and waited, and waited until he appeared ...with a roll of carpet over his shoulder, and a plaster on his nose. He was so beautiful and so kind. He gave me his autograph and autographs for my school friends too. A memory I have never forgotten.
Billy will always hold a special place in the hearts and memories of all music loving Aussies.
So sorry to hear that Billy Thorpe died today. What a singer and guitarist, he will be truly missed. Billy, keep on rocking up there, luv ya.
To the Man named Thorpie,
You played it Loud
Billy will be sadly missed. True legend.!!! Thank god you were a song writer. You and your music can go on forever!
Thank you for the music, Your Beautiful smile, The happy Teenage years, Thank GOD For giving YOU to us for awhile at least. Forever in our hearts our children's hearts and our grand baby's hearts. R I P
I once said to my girlfriend "get me to meet my hero Billy Thorpe and I will marry you". She did, we did, and we now have 2 great kids Alison and William.
Billy you are a great inspiration to me as a person and my music. I'm just glad I got you to sign my guitar.
Keep Rockin' Billy Thorpe we love you mate and we'll miss you.
Ron & Jen Doherty
I am so shocked and upset to hear of Thorpie's passing. A legend, and a great bloke - what can I say? You rocked!
Your music and energy helped and inspired me get through really tough times during my growing up ... when I could have felt sorry for myself, and had nobody to turn to, your songs meant alot to me and helped me enjoy what I could. Thanks!! Energy never dies, it just changes form ... live on, Billy!
Heart felt love to his family. Lee
Thanks Billy for the music and so many great shows. I will look at rainbows differently from now on. Your music will go on. Deepest sympathy to the Thorpe family.
Our Thoughts and wishes are with Billy's Family today... He made what true Aussie Music is today. You will be sadly missed.
TO BILLYS FAMILY. OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU IN THIS , YOUR TIME OF SADNESS. HE WILL ALWAYS BE WITH YOU. FOREVER.
Billy you were the best. I first saw you perform as a teenager here in Adelaide & have been a huge fan ever since, following you through your exciting life never expecting to hear what I heard when first waking this morning. THE legend will certainly live on. You'll never be forgotten. I will certainly miss you.......
Thanks for the memories. Sad Day , My thoughts are with your family
ALWAYS A YOUNG LEGEND IN THE EYES OF YOUR GENERATION. YOU WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BUT YOUR SOUL AND YOUR MASTERPIECES OF MUSIC WILL LIVE ON FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS. MICHELLE
A sad day for lovers of Australian ROCK.........Rest in peace " over the
My thoughts are with Billys family at this time, he was a great entertainer, I seen Billy perform live in the 70s, and it was incredible, so very talented, an awesome voice.
Thank you Billy for being a big part of another baby boomers life we will miss you
One of the great musicians of our time who inspired me and countless others,as Ive played his music in various bands he will be sadly missed ,his music will live on forever and be an inspiration to us all,condolences to his family with love,thinking of you at this sad time.
Billy, you influenced my life as a teenager. In the US the beach boys did it for me, but in Australia you and the Aztecs did it for me. You are a legend and i will always remember your great songs. "Over the rainbow" is absolutely the best version i have ever heard. Your energy was everlasting in your performances.
Jenny / Christie Downs Adelaide SA
"BILLY THORPE"... In all honesty until a couple of years ago the name didn't mean much to me. I am only 30 years old so I didn't grow up listening to your music. Sure I knew your songs but if someone was to ask me who sang them I wouldn't have a clue what to tell them. Two years ago I went to a garage sale and came across an autobiography called "Sex, Thugs and Rock'n'Roll" By a man called Billy Thorpe, after reading the back cover I decided it looked like a good read, so I brought it. Do you know I couldn't put that book down. By the back page I was madly in love with this rebel of rock'n'roll. And from then on when ever I hear one of your songs I could say that this is one of Billy Thorpe songs, and even be able to picture a face to put with the voice. Today the world is a very sad place due to the loss of you, but heaven is looking very inviting one day. R.I.P Billy, the legend and the music will live forever.
A true legend that went far too early. He has influenced generations and will continue to. To encapsulate a life in a single simple word is truly a mark of a life went spent. And the word is 'Thorpie'
BILLY YOU WILL BE SADLY MISSED BY ALL YOU, PETE WELLS, AND IAN RILEN CAN NOW JAM IN PEACE AND HAVE THE LOUDEST, MEANEST BAND EVER TO BE HEARD EVER !!
I WILL BE LISTENING
We are very shocked and sad. Very sorry to hear. best wishes to his family and friends
Shock, sorrow, sadness, fond and happy memories of our teens and 20's. Always admired the man.Sincere condolences to Billy's family and friends
John & Monica
I never knew you or seen you at all when i was younger or in your aztec days
... i seen you much later in life. I remember i was blown away to see how much you rocked on the guitar ...
You rocked hard man ... and you were aussie .... thats equals legend in my book!
Rock on forever. Rock on always.
Billy, we were looking forward to you coming to Coffs Harbour, but you will always remain in my heart as the best. RIP
Ian Price Coffs Harbour
I joined Billy’s fan club in 1964 and I am still a fan today! My condolences to the Thorpe family Billy is a true legend and will never be forgotten. I will listen to his songs always and although most people I know may think that I am crazy I will always be a dedicated Billy Thorpe fan. Heaven will really be rocking!
Mrs Thorpe and family
sorry on the lot of your beloved Billy, he was great singer of Australian rock and roll, he will be sadly missed by his fans
bye from vicki
It’s with great sadness I heard on the radio Billy Thorpe had passed away our deepest sympathy to his family. A wonderful Australian rock idol gone to bless the heavens with his music. Will be missed greatly by all his fans!!
Kevin , Tracey and family Victoria
gone but not forgotten, keep rocking Billy, you will be sadly missed! My sympathy to his family.
Love the man, Love the music, whether it was ROCKIN BLUES/BOGEY or BALLARDS what a singer and guitarist, I will be playing all my CDs loud and often, rock on Thopie missing you already
You will Missed, you made Australian Music what it is today
Noel Hayman aged 52
Love ya Bill - have a good journey
Craig Hamilton ABC Radio Newcastle, NSW
My deep sympathy to Mr. Thorpe's family. What a great loss to Australia and the world. Billy Thorpe's impact on the music industry will live on forever.
Karon and Kerry
What can one say at this time, what words could possibly do him justice, you could try legend, star, entertainer etc the list goes on and on... you have always been the true aussie rebel ,THE ROCKER of aussie music and the world, from mash potato to most people i know, the world is a poorer place for your passing, to your family my condolences, we've lost a musical genius, you've lost a father and husband.
ROCK ON BILLY AND REST IN PEACE
No-one could do "somewhere over the rainbow" like Billy. He has left a great legacy and his smiling face will be sadly missed can't believe he's gone R.I.P. Billy and condolences to his family
You will be missed. Your music will live on forever.............
Sincere condolences to Billy’s Family and Friends.
I had the pleasure meeting Billy back in the late 60’s by playing some of the same Gigs in Melbourne as he did with the Aztecs. I will never forget those Gigs or Billy’s Music.
Rock On Billy. Your Music will Never Die
Farewell Billy from this life, I am sure you are going on to another place where you will rock on regardless - Condolences to your family, what a loss they must be feeling.
I am eight years younger than Billy Thorpe, and I remember the early days, and now feel the loss of part of my growing up years, as will all the people who grew up in that time, in the days of Sunbury and pub rock (great times) up to appearances on Hey Hey its Saturday,
Bless you for being part of my life, and bless your family.
YOU WERE THE GREATEST. GONE TO ROCK AND ROLL HEAVEN
'where troubles melt like lemon drops, away above the chimney tops, that's where we'll find him'......
A Music legend in every sense of the word, there are none and will never be one like you!
Go in peace, but play LOUD
To the Thorpe family ,
God Bless you old mate. Shane Sparks
Rock on Billy Love your stuff. Mary Mercer Perth W.A.
I HAD A TEARS IN MY EYES YOU HAVE BEEN IN MY LIFE SINCE I WAS TEEN, TO THE FAMILY YOU ARE ALL VERY LUCKY TO HAVE HAD BILLY IN YOUR LIFE, ALL THE BEST KEEP ON ROCK'IN
What can any one say that can make up for such a loss Sandra and I will always remember the times we were able to see you in concert BILLY. Australia has suffered a great loss to the music industry that will never be filled. May we also say a big thank-you for a wonderful night we shared in Dubbo via "A LONG WAY TO THE TOP"
Billy was a great inspiration to so many people I ask my self why do all the best go first?
All our love and best wishes, Brian and Sandra Lesslie
To the loving family of Billy, our deepest heartfelt sympathies goto you. We will miss his music & sense of humour, & zest for life.
He was a true aussie legend, it was an honour to know & love his music, including the aztecs, Billy will be a part of our lives forever.
Thank you, Billy, for the best musical time of our lives, & to the Australian music industry, & putting Australia on the rock map.
yours sincerely, Noel & Kath Morris, Brisbane
Billy your spirit is within the community.
Love Robert, Monbulk
To all the family members friends and fans,
To Billy's Family,
I hope that in this time of sorrow that you as a family have others around you that will bring you comfort and support at this sad time.
Take Care All Of You And God Bless
Your music will live on. Australian music won't be the same. An aussie legend on his way to the great gig in the sky...they won't know what hit em...they will love it. Two words describe classic aussie hard rock...BILLY THORPE
Most people I know know U were crazy Billy . What u did for music in this country will never be forgotten. It's very rare for me to feel a loss of someone I never personally met but after reading your autobiographies I felt I knew you . You will be missed by so many and we could never count how many you have touched in this world take care in the next world Bill and thanx mate U always rocked and always will. Condolences to your wife and family.
You were a legend – truly a great entertainer. Rock on in heaven. To the Family of Billy I give my condolences.
The Three Swallows has gone, now you Billy. I Love You man.You will always live in my dreams.
What a legend, a true Australian rock and roller, who will be sadly missed. My thoughts go to his wife and daughters. Never to be forgotten, my children as I was will be brought up with your music.
John... Bridgeway Hotel Adelaide
To the family of Billy Thorpe,
I am a 21yr old girl and Billy's music rivets through my skin everytime I hear it. I wish you all the best and my thoughts are with your family at this time of greiving.
With much love, Kylie and Phillip
My first experience of Thorpie was at the Dandenong Tech School where he played at the school dance (yep, believe it or not!). He let rip with Gangster of Love and the Principal blew a fuse! Meanwhile us youngsters just hitting puberty rocked on and on and on...no girl was safe that night. Then on to Sunbury No.1, the best concert Australia has ever seen. From there to the Sandown, Rosebud, Myer Music Bowl, the Whitehorse, Village Green, Hallam Hotel, we followed you, your wide-eyed disciples. I could never play the guitar very well, but the first real song I ever played was ‘Most People I know...’. I still have a guitar (electric of course and amp). Still play badly but it’s always the same song and always loud. Now you have the time maybe you can smile down on me and guide these older and slower fingers.
I feel a sadness and a loss usually only reserved for family and very close friends. I respected your talent and the way you dealt with your legendary status. Now the stage is a little bit higher and bigger so to the Head Honcho in Heaven...LOCK UP YOUR ANGELS!!!
You are now part of that rainbow, a great man of colours and always a smile.
I was devastated when I awoke this morning to the sad news that Billy Thorpe had died. I was there at Surf City, the Beach Hut - all those memorable times when only Billy Thorpe could keep a crowd “rock and rollin”. I to am 60 and I feel like I have lost a good friend who was so talented and so for Aussie music. I feel for his wife and daughters – my memories will last forever.
A very sad fan from the 60’s and 70’s
As I sit here in my Most treasured shirt (Most People I know Think that I'm Crazy) I can no longer hold back the tears as I hear my utmost Fav song "Over the Rainbow" RIP Billy...hugs to your family..!
Love an Ozzy Girl
A music legend making Australian think of there youth & for me who played it, made you rock your ass off. I'm in my 30's Thorpe's music will always be played in our home.
Love u Billy
Thanks for sounds that are the soundtrack of life
I am in shock, my wife and I only saw Billy last Friday night at the Doncaster Hotel, we were 2 metres away from the legend, who laughed , sang fantastically well, and of course played guitar like he was blessed. We will miss him.
Rolf and De Backman