Billy Thorpe was born in Manchester, England, in 1946. He
immigrated to Australia together with his household when he was 9, and settled in Brisbane, Queensland. By the point he was ten years previous, Thorpie was acting on Brisbane tv (billed as Little Rock Allen). He toured nation areas with singer Reg Lindsay. By the point he was 15, Thorpie had labored in stage exhibits, selection tv, golf equipment and even vaudeville at Brisbane’s Theatre Royal with George Wallace. He additionally toured with the likes of Johnny O’Keefe and Col Joye.
In late 1963, as a seasoned 17-year-old, Thorpie moved to Sydney and joined his first band The Aztecs. The unique Aztecs line-up comprised Vince Maloney (lead guitar; ex-Vibratones), Val Jones (rhythm guitar), John ‘Bluey’ Watson (bass; ex-Vibratones) and Col Baigent (drums). Simply previous to Thorpie’s arrival, The Aztecs had issued a surf instrumental single, ‘Smoke and Stack’/’Board Boogie’, on the Linda Lee label (January 1964). Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs grew to become a serious attraction at promoter John Harrigan’s Surf Metropolis discotheque.
This quote from Thorpie’s web site;
“I took my first breathe on March 29th, 1946 in Manchester England, however life actually started for me after I heard “Sur la du pont Paris” (“Below the bridges of Paris”) on the radio in Blackpool England after I was three or four years previous. In some way that syrupy, sentimental French love tune with its accordions and Mantovanni fashion strings obtained inside my four 12 months previous head and I used to be hooked.