To celebrate 60 years since Billy Fury was discovered, the much-loved mural at Billy Fury Way in West Hampstead has been restored since it was defaced and subsequently painted over earlier this year. A replica of the original imagery, the mural has been given a much-needed update and sees the ‘60s rock icon take pride of place once again on Billy Fury Way (around the corner from where he made his first recording).
The mural was so badly ruined by graffiti vandals that it was painted over in April. This caused great upset amongst the local community and especially the Billy Fury fan club – so much so, they petitioned to get the mural replaced and protected. This hasn’t happened… until now.
Lisa Voice, Billy’s partner and head of the Billy Fury Estate, said: “The first mural was amazing and I was disgusted when it got vandalised. Now the graffiti artists have come back for a second time to redo it and it’s absolutely stunning – it is so Billy!”
A true rock ‘n’ roll icon and heart-throb, Billy was famed for his infectious and daring stage presence and was amongst the top four biggest-selling artists of the ‘60s alongside The Beatles, Cliff Richards and Elvis Presley. He released his first ever single ‘Maybe Tomorrow’ on Decca in 1959 and subsequently landed 26 chart hit singles from 1959 to 1966, making him Decca’s most successful singles artist from that period.
Fury recorded some of the biggest hits of the ‘60s just around the corner, in the former Decca Studios at Broadhurst Gardens in West Hampstead. He died aged only 42 from a heart attack. His biggest hits included ‘Halfway To Paradise’ and ‘Like I’ve Never Been Gone’.
The new album, The Symphonic Sound of Fury is out now on Decca Records and showcases Fury’s distinctive vocals with tracks from the legendary album The Sound of Fury, as well as his other big hits, accompanied by newly-recorded arrangements from the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.