I've Gotta Horse is Billy Fury's second hit feature film, a semi-autobiographical musical comedy that also features Amanda Barrie, Michael Medwin and Jon Pertwee and pop bands The Gamblers and The Bachelors. It also features Fury's own race horse, Anselmo, and several of his own dogs. Larry Parnes, Billy Fury's manager, co-wrote the original story and co-produced, while Kenneth Hume directed,co-produced and co-wrote the story, with musical direction by Mike Leander. This 1965 U.K. release was filmed on location at Great Yarmouth where Fury had just finished his summer season at the Royal Aquarium Theatre which was used as the theatre in the film, with shooting also taking place at Shepperton Studios. The film is also known as Wonderful Day.
Based on the star's famous love of animals, this musical comedy portrays Billy setting out to add a sheepdog to his vast entourage of animals and coming back with an irresistible horse named Armitage instead. To his manager's horror, Billy smuggles the horse backstage during rehearsals for his big show and the horse proceeds to create havoc. Little do either of them know that Armitage is actually a thoroughbred racehorse. Then Billy's horse contracts pneumonia and Billy must choose between love of his horse and the big show.
The following songs were performed in the film:
Billy Fury's numbers included his backing group "The Gamblers", consisting of Jim Crawford (lead guitar/vocals), Alan George (piano/organ), Andy Mac (drums), Ken Brady (sax), Tony Diamond (guitar,trumpet,vocals) and Alan Sanders (bass vocals).
The film's soundtrack album entitled "I've Gotta Horse" was released in March 1965. It was produced by Dick Rowe for Decca Records (Decca LK 4677). It does not include four of the songs from the film: I Must Be Dreaming, Like a Child, My Friend and How Can You Tell.