Billy Thorpe released his solo space opera "Children Of The Sun" in 1979, which peaked into the top 40 of the Billboard Pop Album chart. The related single, "Children Of The Sun", made it into the top 50 of the Billboard Singles chart. William Richard "Billy" Thorpe (29 March 1946 -- 28 February 2007) was a renowned English-born Australian pop/rock singer-songwriter and musician. As lead singer of his band, Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs, he had success in the 1960s with "Blue Day", "Poison Ivy", "Over The Rainbow", "Sick And Tired", and "Mashed Potato", and in the 1970s with "Most People I Know Think That I'm Crazy". Featured in concerts at Sunbury Pop Festival and Myer Music Bowl in the early 1970s, the Aztecs also developed the pub rock scene and were known as one of the loudest groups in Australia. Thorpe also performed as a solo artist, and he relocated to the United States from 1976 to 1996 where he released the space opera album, "Children Of The Sun", in 1979. He worked with ex-Aztec Tony Barber to form a soft toy company in 1987 and co-wrote stories for "The Puggle Tales" and "Tales From The Lost Forests". Thorpe also worked as a producer and composed music scores for TV series, including "War Of The Worlds", "Star Trek: The Next Generation", "Columbo", "Eight Is Enough" and "Hard Time On Planet Earth". Thorpe returned to Australia in 1996 and continued as a performer and producer. Additionally, he authored two best-selling autobiographies, "Sex And Thugs And Rock 'N' Roll" (1996) and "Most People I Know (Think That I'm Crazy)" (1998). Thorpe was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame in 1991. He died of a myocardial infarction in February 2007 and was posthumously appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in June for his contribution to music as a musician, songwriter and producer. This channel is dedicated to the classic rock hits that have become part of the history of our culture. The incredible AOR tracks that define music from the late 60s, the 70s and the early 80s . . . Classic Rock is here!
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