Billy Fury mural: public Rock Art #1

Rock Art in public

Billy Fury mural, London

Have you seen the new Billy Fury mural in north London?

It’s a piece which surprises – even shocks – you when you first stumble across it. It’s at the entrance to a passageway near the two West Hampstead railway stations in north London.

It’s an evocative wall painting which captures the essence of Billy Fury – an easy, glamorous, if slightly louche, charm, with a hint of poignant vulnerability.

Rockpop fans of a certain age will recognise the mural instantly as Billy Fury, even before they spot the new street sign for the passage renamed as Billy Fury Way.

Billy Fury Way

The mural is painted on the wall of a building which used to house Fury’s recording studio. The long, narrow, sloping passageway runs between the nondescript building and a railway line. You might not want to risk it on a dark night.

Billy Fury Way in London

The renamed Billy Fury Way

Billy Fury was the leading English rockpop singer in the late 1950s. Marketed as a local Elvis, he registered numerous sultry pop hits, most notably Halfway to Paradise and Jealousy.

Billy Fury Way and its mural embellish the cultural landscape of this corner of north London.

Rock Art in public places – mainly murals and statues – is becoming ever more popular. ROCK ART EDITIONS is keen to explore this exciting new artform.

If you come across a piece of public rock art like the Billy Fury mural in north London, please consider ROCK ART EDITIONS – please send me a photograph with details (who/what, where, by whom…) for inclusion here.

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