Sculpture of Billy Fury

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A new Museum of Liverpool is due to open in 2010 and since that time, some of its fantastic collection is displayed “on the road” across the city. The statue of Billy Fury is overlooking the River Mersey outside the Piermaster's House in the Albert Dock. He worked here from 1956 until 1959 when he became famous as a deck hand on the Mersey tug boat The Formby.

Billy Fury has been one of the most famous stars in the history of British rock and roll. He was born as Ronald Wycherley in Haliburton Street in The Dingle, Liverpool on 17 April 1940. When he was working as a hand deck, he formed a skiffle group with workmates, 'The Formby Sniffle Groop'. He was discovered by the famous London impresario Larry Parnes, and made his first public appearance at the Essoldo in Birkenhead to an audience of screaming girls. That was when 'Billy Fury' was born. He was one of the few artists before Beatles, who wrote his own songs. His total record sales were on a par with acts such as Elvis, The Beatles and Cliff Richard. Between 1959 and 1983 he scored 29 hit singles such as Half Way to Paradise, I Will, Last Night Was Made for Love, In Thoughts of You and Jealousy. Billy’s album The Sound of Fury is now considered one of the great classic pop LPs.
He died on 28 January 1983 of a heart attack in consequence of his health problems (rheumatic fever).

This statue of Billy Fury was made by Liverpool sculptor Tom Murphy in 2003 and it was commissioned by ‘The Sound of Fury’ fan club. They donated the statue to National Museums Liverpool as a lasting tribute to Billy, one of Liverpool’s greatest stars.
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