Billy Thorpe


Billy Thorpe

Billy Thorpe was born on the 29th of March, 1946, Manchester, Lancashire, England, UK. Family moved to Australia in the 1950s.

Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs were an Australian pop and rock group dating from the mid-sixties, scored with the hit "Poison Ivy". The group enjoyed huge success in the mid-1960s, but split in 1967. Billy reformed the group with guitar legend Lobby Lyde. They become one of the most popular Australian hard-rock bands of the period and had a major hit with the single "Most People I Know". Billy Thorpe moved to L.A. in 1976 and as solo artist produced the rock opera "Children of the Sun" (1979) and performed as a studio musician for TV. Hosted his own TV show "It's All Happening". After forming the group Zoo with drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist Kenny Gradney, he toured solo until his death.

Thorpe died from a heart attack in Sydney on February 28th, 2007.

Has two daughters Rusty and Lauren.


Average album rating 1979 Children of the Sun  
Average album rating 1981 21st Century Man  
Average album rating 1981 Stimulation  
Average album rating 2010 Tangier