Sunday, December 12, 2010

Billy Fury: Wondrous Place

British pop music in the early 1960s was dominated by a few impresarios. The early excitement of rock and roll had been tamed and the forces of commerce were firmly in charge again. In short the situation was much like the one British pop finds itself in today.

So it is a surprise to find such a sultry British single from 1960. Fury's version, which was a minor hit, is a cover of the original (far sunnier) US version by Jimmy Jones. It became more widely known after being used on a Toyota television commercial in the 1990s.

1 comment:

Frank Little said...

Talking of impresarios, isn't that the infamous Larry Parnes on Fury's left in the initial photo?