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He's just made a brilliant album with Alison Krauss. He will shake his mane at the Zep reunion. Is there nothing this rock god can't do? He tells Will Hodgkinson who turned him on to wearing sandals

When I was a lonely kid
from A Thousand Stars, Billy Fury (1960)

Music was a panacea and a mysterious release for me. It was otherworldly, another life outside Middle England in 1960 where it was all about endeavour, learning and making sure that all your vulnerabilities were not too evident so that you didn't end up looking like a sobbing klutz. Does the male of the species pretend he's more than he is, or does he get lost in forlorn, broken-hearted love songs? I like the idea of the lone male willowing away, and Billy Fury was the great British singer for that. He was part of the pop machine, but he slid through it and became something more, and this song hit me hard when I was 12.

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