Stage name of a successful English rock and roll singer just mentioned in the "So Little Time" skit from Peter Sellers' 1959 Songs for Swinging Sellers album.
The skit is an interview with manipulative, overbearing rock manager Major Rafe Ralph, a parody of real English rock manager Larry Parnes, with a military rank like Elvis' manager Colonel Parker. Parnes groomed, controlled, and gave his acts stage names, like Billy Fury and Lance Fortune.
While the interview focuses on one of the Major's new up-and-comer, Twit Conway, several of Ralph's other successful acts are mentioned in the intro:
I wasn't keen on the assignment when my editor first handed it to me. "Do a feature on Major Rafe Ralph." There've been so many stories about Major Ralph, the colourful horse-dealer who's gone into the business of managing rock and roll stars. I mean, he personally discovered such disk names as Lennie Bronze, Clint Thigh, Matt Lust and such vocal groups as The Fleshpots, The Muckrakers. There were always five or six such up-and-coming rock stars living with him in his luxury flat in Mount Street, so it was, naturally, there I went to get my interview.