Louis Armstrong, known as Satchmo (Satchel Mouth) changed the face of jazz music from Dixieland to his own improvised jazz and developed the vision of each band member playing individual solos. He sang vocals as well as playing the trumpet, with his most memorable song being “Wonderful World” featured in the movie “Good Morning, Vietnam”. Brass instruments were a huge jazz influence in pop music, and the jazz singer is captured in this canvas print collection, along with a selection of paintings of instruments such as the tuba, the trumpet, the trombone, guitars and keyboards. The Photowall Music series features canvas prints to display in a music room, games room or teenagers pad to inspire and influence. Abstract canvas prints of music notes, a drop-arm vinyl record player, the original boom box and an amplifier add depth to the collection of paintings.
Of course, modern music was hugely influenced by the British Invasion, dominated by the Beatles. John, Paul, George and Ringo may have had lowly beginnings in The Cavern in Liverpool, but their rise to fame was meteoric on both sides of the pond. Unprecedented scenes were witnessed on their arrival in the United States, with young girls screaming, crying and passing out from intense emotion. It must have been overwhelming for the group, and for their fans. Following a string of hits and movies, the band dropped the pop image that was so popular and branched out into a more diverse form of music. Songs such as “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” from the “White Album”, one of the greatest songs written by George Harrison with the rest of the band, featured Eric Clapton playing lead guitar. Documented in this incredible set of canvas prints, from the “Hard Day’s Night” era in 1964 , “Help” in 1965, and on to the more progressive “Abbey Road”, “Rubber Soul” and “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” these paintings deserve their place on any true music aficionado's wall.
Rock guitarist, songwriter and vocalist of note, the one and only Jimi Hendrix crashed onto the scene in 1966, displaying unbelievable, though short-lived, talent. Arguably the highlight of his career was as the last artist to play at Woodstock in 1969. He opened with a rock version of “The Star-Spangled Banner”, which wowed the crowds, showcasing his massive talent. Unfortunately, he died in London from drug-related complications a year later, while working on a new album. His career lasted a mere four years, but he is known as one of the most influential electric guitarists ever. With his trademark Afro, this classic print portrays a wistfulness, a sense of knowing, almost despair.
King of pop
And then came the visual 70s. The Jackson Five hit the scene worldwide. The baby brother, Michael Jackson soon branched out on his own and became a teenybopper heart-throb with a voice of gold. Teenage girls sobbed through “Ben”, “She’s Out Of My Life” and “One Day in Your Life” and they worshipped him. Screaming, sobbing, out-of-control fans were the order of the day. In the mid-80s he launched his massive album “Thriller” and the whole world was dancing to “Billie Jean”, “Thriller” and “Beat It”. It is still one of the best-selling albums of all time, with all but three of the tracks charting as major singles. Through his many plastic surgeries, his relationships and marriages, his family life and his highly publicised court cases, he never failed to thrill his fans, who supported him unwaveringly. Upon his untimely death in 2009, the scenes of abject grief equalled that of the Elvis Presley fans in 1977.
The classic canvas print of Michael Jackson is one of the most memorable photos of any pop superstar, living or dead.