Additional information about this, Billy Fury vinyl art.
Billy Fury – The Artist
Billy Fury (1940 – 1983), Born Ronald Wycherley in Liverpool was an English singer from the late 1950s to the mid 1960s, and remained an active songwriter until the 1980s. Rheumatic fever, which he first contracted as a child, damaged his heart and ultimately contributed to his death. An early British rock and roll (and film) star, he equalled the Beatles’ record of 24 hits in the 1960s, and spent 332 weeks on the UK chart, without a chart-topping single or album. His good looks and unassuming masculinity, coupled with an underlying vulnerability, all presented with a good voice and some serious musical talent, helped turn Fury into a major rock and roll star. Others have suggested that Fury’s rapid rise to prominence was due to his “Elvis Presley-influenced hip swivelling and, at times, highly suggestive stage act.
Halfway to Paradise – The Song
‘Halfway to Paradise’ is a popular song written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, originally recorded in 1961 by Tony Orlando in the United States. It was much more successful in the United Kingdom when it was recorded by Billy Fury. Fury’s version reached No.3 on the British Charts in 1961 and stayed on the charts for 23 weeks, becoming the tenth best-selling single of 1961 in the UK in the process. “Halfway to Paradise” became known as Fury’s theme tune and was one of his most popular singles. The song also marked the beginning of Fury’s burst at the top of the charts that would only begin to slow down on the arrival of fellow Liverpudlian act, the Beatles.
Fury’s Gold Suit – The Shape
Modelled into the silhouette of Billy Fury’s gold lame’ suit that he wore in the 1960s on his stage acts and on the cover of his The Sound of Fury 10″ LP. These suits were made popular by Elvis Presley in the US and copied by British rock ‘n’ roll stars including Billy Fury and Shane Fenton (later known as Alvin Stardust).
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