Decca Records is proud to announce a celebration of the life and works of Billy Fury – the UK’s answer to Elvis Presley – with the new album, The Symphonic Sound of Fury, out on 17 August. 2018 marks 60 years since Billy Fury was discovered. He went on to have more Decca hits than any other artist in the ‘60s, including The Rolling Stones. He also equalled The Beatles’ record of 24 hits and spent a total of 332 weeks in the UK charts.
Billy was a truly ground-breaking artist. He was one of the few singers before the Beatles era to write and record his own songs. The Symphonic Sound of Fury showcases his 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.
Lisa Voice, Billy’s partner and head of the Billy Fury Estate, said of the album, “There will only ever be one Billy Fury, and despite being so wonderfully self-effacing I am sure that he would, privately at least, have been proud of the way his wonderful recordings have now been complemented by a philharmonic orchestra. I’ll never find another you, darling.”
The album follows the recent discovery of a rare live performance clip from late 1961, which sparked mass interest online. 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.
Producer and conductor James Morgan says, “Working the recordings in detail felt a little like the audio equivalent of a painting restoration; when we were working with Billy’s vocal in isolation, it seemed almost as if we were in the recording studio in West Hampstead with him.”
This album marries Billy’s timeless voice with a deeply compelling orchestral backdrop, breathing new life into his unique recordings. These reimagined classics will offer existing fans the chance to experience Billy’s music in a totally new way, and allow new audiences to fall in love with him all over again.
Check out the album’s trailer below.
Album TRACKLISTING Below.
THE SYMPHONIC SOUND OF FURY
1. Wondrous Place
2. Halfway To Paradise
4. Maybe Tomorrow
5. You Don’t Know
6. When Will You Say I Love You
7. Once Upon A Dream
8. Last Night Was Made For Love
10. Like I’ve Never Been Gone
11. Phone Call
12. I’d Never Find Another You
13. That’s Love
14. Halfway To Paradise feat. Vince Eager