Anthony Newley
British actor and musician
Anthony Newley
Anthony George Newley was an English actor, singer and songwriter. He enjoyed success as a performer in such diverse fields as rock and roll and stage and screen acting.
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Easy Listener: Barbara Carroll, Jay Leonhart, Barb Jungr, John McDaniel, Gabrielle Stravelli, Michael Kanan, Cheyenne Jackson Make Great Music on New CDs
Huffington Post - 3 months
When it comes to gift giving, is there anything better than music? Not much. So for anyone looking around for music to delight potential giftees, here are four new CDs that would make any stocking proud: Barbara Carroll Plays at Birdland - Barbara Carroll with Jay Leonhart (Birdland): At 93, the classiest femme musician in New York City has been playing local and other keyboards since 1947. If you can't do the math, that's coming up on 70 years. The incredible aspect of the astonishing fact is that she gets better and better. Hard to believe? Just listen to this new live recording with now longtime collaborator bassist Leonhart (no, not 70 years, too). Part of what makes Carroll so skilled at jazz is her early classical training. She swings but with that extra-special grounding. The popular composers she shows off here include Harold Arlen, Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington (in a 10-minute-plus medley), Jerome Kern, Michel Legrand, George Gershwin and John Green (that's Johnny ...
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How David Bowie Taught Me to Do the Gimme Gimme Dance
Huffington Post - about 1 year
David Bowie's passing rocketed me back to never forgotten pre-pubescent memories. I was a sensitive adolescent who locked myself in my room drawing private planets and the Rock & Roll bands that in habited them. Discovering Bowie and Glam Rock was the life raft I needed to survive in a grey and barren suburban landscape. He was someone who poetically articulated how I felt. His songs were secret encryptions for freaks the world over to communicate by. If you saw someone on the street in a Bowie t-shirt or a red rooster coif, you knew they were family. Before modern technology, your tribe came together to listen to the latest albums. You opened up the sleeve and scarfed it like pastry dusted with brain candy. When a band was to play, word of mouth traveled like lightning. Bus schedules, hitchhiking and parents' cars were hot-wired by determined glitter babies racing to stadium parking lots and misfit dance clubs. Your experience wasn't controlled by a PR hack; you were just a ...
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How David Bowie Taught Me to Do the Gimme Gimme Dance
Huffington Post - about 1 year
David Bowie's passing rocketed me back to never forgotten pre-pubescent memories. I was a sensitive adolescent who locked myself in my room drawing private planets and the Rock & Roll bands that in habited them. Discovering Bowie and Glam Rock was the life raft I needed to survive in a grey and barren suburban landscape. He was someone who poetically articulated how I felt. His songs were secret encryptions for freaks the world over to communicate by. If you saw someone on the street in a Bowie t-shirt or a red rooster coif, you knew they were family. Before modern technology, your tribe came together to listen to the latest albums. You opened up the sleeve and scarfed it like pastry dusted with brain candy. When a band was to play, word of mouth traveled like lightning. Bus schedules, hitchhiking and parents' cars were hot-wired by determined glitter babies racing to stadium parking lots and misfit dance clubs. Your experience wasn't controlled by a PR hack; you were just as ...
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How David Bowie Taught Us to Welcome Our Next Days
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Something happened on the day he died, Spirit rose a meter then stepped aside. --"Blackstar" I listened to Blackstar twice on January 9, the day after it came out and a day before David Bowie died (it is still entirely surreal to type the words "Bowie died"). I listened to it a third time on January 11. Between several songs on the album, there are little rustles of paper and breaths, high and close to the mic. During that third listen, those little noises became personal in a way that they weren't before. Yes, this was an album of songs that took on and remade the legacy of his 1990s records like Earthling, 1.Outside, Black Tie White Noise, and The Buddha of Suburbia, but it was also the sound of an artist burdened with the knowledge of his own end. Those tiny movements of air now seem like Bowie letting us know that he was still back there, that he was still pulling the strings. ★ Fans have taken it up as a mantra, one that helps them understand why they have ...
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Dr Dolittle comes to The Court Theatre
The Bucks Herald - over 3 years
You’ll never have seen anything like it when the Vale Musical Society stage Dr Dolittle at the Court Theatre, Tring, from November 13 to 16. Society chairman Jackie Farrow said, “I remember, as many of us do, being delighted with the film adaptation of the books by Hugh Lofting. “Rex Harrison and Anthony Newley starred in the 1967 film, which was adapted from the books by Leslie Bricusse. When I saw that the stage musical is now available to amateur societies, I researched the logistics of staging the show.” Dr Dolittle is based on the books by Hugh Lofting and concerns a wacky but kindly doctor who can talk to animals. The show takes the audience on a journey from the small English village of Puddleby-in-the-Marsh to the far corners of the world. Dolittle is wrongly accused of murder and must fight for his life before resuming his search for the Great Pink Sea Snail - the oldest and wisest of the creatures on earth. Alan Munt plays the doctor, with Christopher Leathers as Matth ...
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Roz Warren: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Shirley Jones' Racy Past
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Orgasms have always come easily for Shirley Jones, and if that's too much information for you, you might not enjoy "Shirley Jones," her new memoir, in which the actress writes frankly about both her successful acting career and her sizzling sex life. But for the reader eager to learn what happens during a celebrity threesome, what the parties were like chez Sammy Davis Junior (porn on every screen and lines of coke on every coffee table), the size of David Cassidy's schlong (Hint: his brothers nicknamed him Donk, for donkey) and just what Shirley does at age 79 to keep the orgasms coming, this is the ideal beach read. Jones describes her career trajectory, from a small town girl with a voice she calls a "gift from God" to the star of iconic films like "Oklahoma!" and "The Music Man," after which she became America's favorite wholesome working mom on the hit TV series "The Partridge Family."(Portraying a working mom was important to Jones. She turned down the "mom" ro ...
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Jason Mannino: Andrew Rannells, Kimberly Locke, Alex Newell, Tyne Daly Raise $385k for APLA in the 29th Star Studded S.T.A.G.E Gala
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
A constellation of Broadway, television and film stars lit up the stage of the historic Saban Theater in Beverly Hills this past Saturday for the 29th annual S.T.A.G.E. (Southland Theater Artists Goodwill Event) Gala. The event, Broadway My Way raised $385,000.00 for AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA). Billed as the world's longest running AIDS benefit, S.T.A.G.E. is an all-star musical revue, organized in 1984, that has raised more than five million dollars for AIDS service organizations across Southern California. "I started this fundraiser when it was still a gay disease, and we didn't have a name for it," director David Galligan said. Legendary Carole Cook supported this sentiment, saying of her 27 year contribution to S.T.A.G.E., "I have been involved since its inception. When we lost one of our first chorus boys while I was starring in 42nd Street we didn't expect hundreds, and thousands of deaths to follow, and the work still needs to be done, so I am still here." S ...
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Who is David Bowie? A guide to the V&A retrospective
Guardian (UK) - about 4 years
As a blockbuster exhibition, David Bowie is, gets under way at the V&A, Sean O'Hagan dissects the pop icon's influences – and reveals the ideas behind four of his key alter egos From the very beginning, I always saw David as a star in the way that James Dean or Marilyn Monroe or Judy Garland were stars. He was an actor, essentially. He soaked up whatever was in the air to create his characters, then he became those characters in his songs and his performances, and even offstage. Sometimes, you'd have Ziggy Stardust in the taxi with you and you didn't know what to do with it and it was pretty powerful." Mick "Woody" Woodmansey is recalling the heady and sometimes unsettling time when he had a brief supporting role in the making of pop history. From 1970 to 1973, he played drums in the Spiders for Mars, the band that helped David Bowie redefine what it was to be a pop star, what a pop song and a live performance could express. He was there behind his drum kit, dressed in a pink ...
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Branford Jazz Series: Trio, Aug. 2
Branford Patch - over 4 years
RENOWNED JAZZ TRIO TO PERFORM ON THE BRANFORD TOWN GREEN AUGUST 2 Jazz Guitarist Gene Bertoncini, pianist Donn Trenner and versatile bassist Dave Daddario will unite on the Branford Town Green and perform in the Branford Jazz Series 2012 summer concert series on Thursday, August 2nd starting at 6:30 p.m. Known as one of the pre-eminent jazz guitarists active today, Gene Bertoncini has won international praise and accolades as the “Segovia of Jazz”, due to his fluid technique and lyricism. Gene has been heard with an extraordinary range of jazz greats, including: Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Wayne Shorter, Hubert Laws and Paul Desmond as well as distinguished singers as Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Nancy Wilson, Vic Damone, and Edye Gorme. Gene’s CD, Someone to Light Up My Life, won international raves including recognition in Brazilian critic’s and listener’s pools, who named him as the best acoustic jazz guitarist.  His releases include a striking CD, Body and Soul, and his Acoust ...
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The world according to Joan Collins: Never wed a man who is richer than you ... - Daily Mail
Google News - over 5 years
Robert Wagner took me to see the musical Stop the World — I Want To Get Off and when we went backstage I met Anthony Newley. Tony became my second husband and we had two wonderful children. I married Tony because at 27 I was feeling broody and wanted
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Collins's class on display - The Australian
Google News - over 5 years
She divorced him and married British actor, singer and songwriter Anthony Newley. They were a fashionable couple in London, Los Angeles and New York during the 60s. She married Ron Kass, former head of Apple, then (briefly) Swedish singer Peter Holm,
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Joan Collins lets rip! The day she was date-raped, why dig fat people their ... - Daily Mail
Google News - over 5 years
Collins has three children, son Sacha and daughter Tara from husband number two, Anthony Newley, and daughter Katie from third husband Ron Kass. She has been married five times, latterly to theatrical company manager Percy Gibson, who is 32 years her
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STOP THE WORLD I WANT TO GET OFF Plays Middle Village, Closes 8/14 - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
Stop the World - I Want to Get Off is a musical with book, music, and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. It is a thought-provoking tale about the fleeting nature of worldly success. The hero of the show, Littlechap, attempts to apply some
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This week's new DVD & Blu-ray - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
Just over half a century ago, 1960s audiences were shocked and horrified by this freeform, experimental comedy series starring all-round entertainer Anthony Newley
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Anthony Newley
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1999
    Age 67
    Newley died on 14 April 1999, in Jensen Beach, Florida, from renal cancer at the age of 67.
    More Details Hide Details He had first been diagnosed with cancer in 1985, and it returned in 1997 and spread to his lungs and liver. He was said to have died in the arms of his companion, the designer Gina Fratini. He was survived by his five children, a granddaughter Miel, and his mother Grace, then aged 96, who has subsequently died. Since then two more grandchildren have been born: Weston (Tara's second child) and Ava Grace (Sacha's first, with his wife Angela Tassoni). Newley's life is the subject of a biography by Garth Bardsley called Stop the World (London: Oberon, 2003). Amongst the many compilations issued are Anthony Newley: The Decca Years (1959–1964), Once in a Lifetime: The Anthony Newley Collection (1960–71), and Anthony Newley's Greatest Hits (Deram). In May 2010, Stage Door Records released a compilation of unreleased Newley recordings entitled 'Newley Discovered'. The album produced with the Anthony Newley Society and Newley's family contains the concept recordings for Newley's self-penned film musicals Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and Mr. Quilp.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1989
    Age 57
    In recognition of his creative skills and body of work, Newley was elected to the Songwriters' Hall of Fame in 1989.
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  • 1985
    Age 53
    In 1985 he was also featured as the Mad Hatter in Steve Allen's all-star television adaptation of Alice in Wonderland.
    More Details Hide Details In his later years as a mature singer Newley recorded songs from Fiddler on the Roof and Scrooge. He enjoyed his final popular success onstage when he starred in the latter musical which showed in London and toured British cities including Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester, in the 1990s. At the time of his death he had been working on a musical of Shakespeare's Richard III. He died of renal cancer at the age of 67, soon after he had become a grandfather.
  • FORTIES
  • 1976
    Age 44
    However, he later had a number 12 hit on the Adult Contemporary charts in 1976 with "Teach the Children."
    More Details Hide Details In the 1970s he remained active, particularly as a Las Vegas and Catskills Borscht Belt resort performer, game show panelist (most notably "Hollywood Squares)" and talk show guest, but his career had begun to flounder. He had taken risks that eventually led to his downfall in Hollywood. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s he worked to achieve a comeback. He staged a successful American tour of his Stop The World – I Want To Get Off in 1986–87. The production co-starred a then unknown Suzie Plakson, whom Newley had discovered. The tour yielded her some strong notices and led to a steady career on stage and television.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1963
    Age 31
    He then was married to the actress Joan Collins from 1963 to 1970.
    More Details Hide Details The couple had two children, Tara Newley and Sacha (Alexander) Newley. Tara became a broadcaster in Britain and Sacha is a renowned portrait artist based in New York City and represented by four paintings in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington. Newley's fourth wife was former air hostess Dareth Rich, and they also had two children, Shelby and Christopher. In an episode of Angela and Friends (Sky One), Tara Newley also mentioned another sister, a third living daughter of Newley. Newley's stepfather, Ronald Gardner, wound up in Beverly Hills working as a chauffeur but soon ran off with another woman. Newley searched, with the help of a detective, for his biological father, George Kirby and effected a reunion. Newley bought his father a house in Beverly Hills, in the hope that he would reunite with Grace, but this did not happen.
    In 1963, Newley had a hit comedy album called Fool Britannia!, the result of improvisational satires of the British Profumo scandal of the time by a team of Newley, his then-wife Joan Collins and Peter Sellers.
    More Details Hide Details It peaked at number 10 in the UK Albums Chart in October 1963. Newley's contributions to Christmas music are highlighted by his rendition of the "Coventry Carol" which appears on many anthologies. He also wrote and recorded a novelty Christmas song called "Santa Claus is Elvis". And there is a notorious album of spoken poetry which has Newley appearing in the nude on the sleeve with a similarly attired young model. Newley played Matthew Mugg in the original Doctor Dolittle (a difficult experience in part because of the hostility he endured from the lead actor, Rex Harrison) and he also played the repressed English businessman opposite Sandy Dennis in the original Sweet November. He hosted Lucille Ball's character on a whirlwind tour of London in Lucy in London (1966). He performed in the autobiographical, Fellini-esque and X-rated Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?, which he also directed and co-wrote with Herman Raucher. He appeared as Quilp in Mister Quilp (1975) (based on Dickens's The Old Curiosity Shop), for which he composed some songs ('Love Has the Longest Memory of All'). His last feature role, in the cast of the long-running British TV soap opera EastEnders, was to have been a regular role, but Newley had to withdraw after a few months when his health began to fail.
    As a songwriter, he won the 1963 Grammy Award for Song of the Year for "What Kind of Fool Am I?", but he was also well known for "Gonna Build a Mountain", "Once in a Lifetime", "On a Wonderful Day Like Today", "The Joker" and comic novelty songs such as "That Noise" and "The Oompa-Loompa Song", and his versions of "Strawberry Fair" and "Pop Goes the Weasel".
    More Details Hide Details He wrote songs that others made hits including "Goldfinger" (the title song of the James Bond film, Goldfinger, music by John Barry), and "Feeling Good", which became a hit for Nina Simone and the rock band Muse, as well as a signature song for singer Michael Bublé. It was featured in a jam recorded live at the Fillmore West for Traffic's 1969 LP, Last Exit. It has also been covered by Joe Bonamassa on his album The Ballad of John Henry. His compositions have been recorded by artists as diverse as Harry Connick, Jr. and Mariah Carey. He wrote ballads, many with Leslie Bricusse, that became signature hits for Sammy Davis, Jr., Shirley Bassey and Tony Bennett. During the 1960s he also added his greatest accomplishments on the London West End theatre and Broadway theatre stage, in Hollywood films and British and American television.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1960
    Age 28
    The 1960 ATV series, The Strange World of Gurney Slade, which Newley devised and starred in, ran for one series.
    More Details Hide Details A comedy series of six half-hour programmes, it completely rejects the sitcom format, being made without a laughter track or studio audience. It has an unusual premise: Newley's character is trapped inside a television programme which is Gurney Slade itself.
    This was quickly followed by his number 6 hit "Personality" and then two number-one hits in early 1960: "Why" (originally a 1959 US hit for Frankie Avalon) and "Do You Mind?
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  • 1959
    Age 27
    Newley's successful pop music career as a vocalist began in May 1959 with the song "I've Waited So Long", a number 3 hit in the UK charts thanks to the exposure it received as being featured in the film Idol on Parade.
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  • 1958
    Age 26
    The 1958 film No Time to Die (aka Tank Force) cemented Newley's position as a leading screen actor.
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  • 1956
    Age 24
    His second marriage to Ann Lynn from 1956 to 1963 ended in divorce.
    More Details Hide Details A son, Simon, was born to them but died in infancy from a congenital infirmity.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1931
    Born
    Born on September 24, 1931.
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