Ivor Novello
Welsh composer, singer and actor
Ivor Novello
David Ivor Davies, better known as Ivor Novello, was a Welsh composer, singer and actor who became one of the most popular British entertainers of the first half of the 20th century. He was born into a musical family and his first successes were as a songwriter. His first big hit was "Keep the Home Fires Burning", which was enormously popular during the First World War.
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Nameberry: Award-Winning Baby Names - Lexington Herald Leader
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IvorNamed for entertainer Ivor Novello, the Ivors are awarded by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors to outstanding musical talents, which have included John Lennon and Amy Winehouse. Obie - The nickname for the Off-Broadway
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THERE'S NO MORE DOUBTING THOMAS - Sunday World
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Thomas, whose influences range from The Beatles to Jeff Lynne and the Beach Boys, got a massive boost for his songwriting talent in the UK after being nominated for an Ivor Novello award a couple of years ago following his hugely successful
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George Michael covers Amy Winehouse's 'Love is a Losing Game': Video - Digital Spy
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The singer performed a version of Winehouse's Ivor Novello-winning track 'Love is a Losing Game' on stage at the State Opera House in Prague earlier this week. Michael introduced the cover by saying: "This next song,
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James Blunt High on life - Bangkok Post
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With two Brit Awards and two Ivor Novello Awards in hand, Blunt knows a thing or about composing music that touches the hearts of the masses and, for bizarre reasons, married couples. Before committing to music full time, Blunt served as an officer in
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Union Announce Exclusive Dizzee Rascal London Show & Tickets - Stereoboard.com
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Mr Dizzee Rascal has recently won an Ivor Novello this year to put alongside his coveted Mercury Music Prize. This show is truly something to celebrate and, as a renown crowd-pleaser and total party-starter, rest assured Dizzee will be blowing the roof
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A little bit of cheek helps the Passing Stranger find his way - Burton Mail
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SINGER-songwriter Scott Matthews captured the imagination as well as a host of awards including a prestigious Ivor Novello back in 2006 with his debut album Passing Stranger. He returns next month with his third album What The Night Delivers and JAMES
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Trio make stage debut in theatre revamp - BBC News
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Novello, a black male, is named after Ivor Novello, the Cardiff-born composer and actor who shot to fame after writing the World War One song Keep the Home Fires Burning. Shirley, a black female, and Bassey, a tortieshell female, are named after singer
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Finborough Theatre Announces Cast for PERCHANCE TO DREAM - Broadway World
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The Finborough Theatre's acclaimed 'Celebrating British Music Theatre' series continues with Ivor Novello's most romantic musical, Perchance to Dream, opening at the Finborough Theatre for a limited run of eight Sunday and Monday performances on Sunday
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CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK; A Tale of Pork in Austere Times
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LONDON - Never let it be said that the pig is not a lady. Yes, the title character of ''Betty Blue Eyes,'' the slyly winning new musical at the Ivor Novello Theater, is irrefutably porcine. She emits odors that cause everyone around her to gag, and you do need to watch where you step after she's been in the room. Yet this over-size porker has a
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AN APPRAISAL; Winehouse's Own Warnings, Unheeded
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She was just getting started. Amy Winehouse, dead at 27, was only two albums into a career, and a life, which would be derailed by alcohol, drugs and bad choices. Ms. Winehouse had not released an album in five years; her masterpiece, ''Back to Black,'' arrived in Britain in 2006 and in the United States in 2007. Its insolent, savvy but sadly
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Top A&R names among 1000-plus crowd at Music Week Breakout - musicweek.com
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The British/Italian singer-songwriter is currently working with Ivor Novello winning producer Steve Booker (Duffy). Another popular draw was Lonsdale Boys Club, the new rock/pop outfit managed by Chris Nenadich (Fifth Member Music) and Nick Moxham
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Win a day in the Roundhouse's EMI Live Music Studio with a top guest producer ... - Sonic State
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Recording experts confirmed so far include the Grammy award-winning Steve Levine (Beach Boys, Culture Club), Ivor Novello winner Guy Chambers, the legendary Trevor Horn (Paul McCartney, Kylie Minogue), Kevin Paul (Depeche Mode, David Bowie),
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Iron Maiden at The O2 - August 2011 - with selected hotels - Superbreak
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With 80 million albums sold worldwide, an Ivor Novello Award and over 2000 live shows to their name Iron Maiden are a force to be reckoned with. Following the hugely successful release of their fifteenth studio album in 2010 Iron Maiden will end their
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Matthew Bellamy: What to Know About Kate Hudson's Fiancé - Zimbio
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(UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) Matt Bellamy of Muse poses in the press room at The Ivor Novello Awards 2011 at The Grosvenor House Hotel on May 19, 2011 in London, England. (Getty Images)more pics » Matt Bellamy (Getty Images) On Saturday, actress Kate
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Clare Teal: Hey Ho, CD review - Telegraph.co.uk
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Rating * * * * By Martin Chilton, Digital Culture Editor Clare Teal's ambitious album Hey Ho opens with a song by Noël Coward (If Love Were All, which contains the words of the album title) and finishes with one by Ivor Novello in her first 'themed'
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Noel Gallagher: `Oasis ended over a plum` - Monsters and Critics.com
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Arrivals at the 55th Ivor Novello Awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. - Ian Lawrence / Splash News Speaking at London's Electric Theatre yesterday, Noel told The Mirror that the backstage fight in Paris kicked off just minutes after Liam
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ivor Novello
    FIFTIES
  • 1951
    Age 58
    He was cremated at the Golders Green Crematorium, and his ashes are buried beneath a lilac bush and marked with a plaque that reads "Ivor Novello 6th March 1951 'Till you are home once more'."
    More Details Hide Details He left an estate worth £160,000 (£ when adjusted for inflation). Only a few weeks before Novello's death, Coward had written of him: "Theatre – good, bad and indifferent – is the love of his life. For him, other human endeavours are mere shadows. … The reward of his work lies in the indisputable fact that whenever and wherever he appears the vast majority of the British public flock to see him." Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians writes of Novello that he was "until the advent of Andrew Lloyd Webber, the 20th-century's most consistently successful composer of British musicals." The Ivor Novello Awards for songwriting, established in 1955 in Novello's memory, are awarded each year by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) to British songwriters and composers as well as to an outstanding international music writer. A scholarship in memory of Novello was established at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and in 1952 a bronze bust of him by Clemence Dane was unveiled at Drury Lane. In St. Paul's, Covent Garden, known as the actors' church, a panel was installed to commemorate Novello, and in 1972, to mark the 21st anniversary of his death, a memorial stone was unveiled in St. Paul's Cathedral.
  • 1944
    Age 51
    The last of Novello's pre-war musicals was The Dancing Years, which starred Novello, Ellis and Gilbert, opened at Drury Lane, closed on the outbreak of the Second World War, and re-opened at the Adelphi Theatre, running for a combined total of 696 performances, closing on 8 July 1944.
    More Details Hide Details This show was the closest Novello came to fulfilling his mother's early ambitions for him to write operas; he played an Austrian composer-conductor at the Wiener Hofoper. Novello presented only two new shows during the Second World War. Arc de Triomphe (1943), a musical vehicle for Mary Ellis, was only a modest success, but Perchance to Dream (1945) was immensely successful, running for 1,022 performances. In between the two shows, Novello had been in serious legal trouble and served four weeks in prison for misuse of petrol coupons, a serious offence under rationing laws in wartime Britain. An admiring fan had stolen the coupons from her employer, but the court found that Novello was also culpable. The prison term, though short, came as a severe shock to Novello, both mentally and physically, and had serious lasting effects. Not everybody was supportive; Coward's sympathy was limited: "He's been fighting like a steer to keep going as before the war and hasn't done a thing for the general effort", but when Novello returned to The Dancing Years after his release, he received "a rapturous ovation" on his first entrance.
  • FORTIES
  • 1937
    Age 44
    Crest of the Wave starred Novello, Dickson and Gilbert, and ran from 1 September 1937 for 203 performances.
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  • 1936
    Age 43
    Careless Rapture ran from 11 September 1936 for 296 performances, with Novello, Dorothy Dickson and Zena Dare in the leading roles.
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  • 1935
    Age 42
    Glamorous Night starred Novello and Mary Ellis, with a cast including Zena Dare, Olive Gilbert and Elizabeth Welch, and ran from 2 May 1935 to 18 July 1936, at Drury Lane and then the London Coliseum.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1929
    Age 36
    Another model was Coward's 1929 musical Bitter Sweet, which Novello called "a lovely, lovely thing … sheer joy from beginning to end".
    More Details Hide Details That, too, was an old-fashioned musical, "so full of regret … for a vanished kindly silly darling age." For all his four 1930s musicals, Novello wrote the book and music, Christopher Hassall wrote the lyrics, and the orchestrations were by Charles Prentice.
    Novello returned to composing for the lyric stage in 1929, writing eight numbers for the revue The House that Jack Built.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year, he presented his own play Symphony in Two Flats, which he took to New York the following year. It was followed by a successful Broadway production of his The Truth Game, which brought him to the attention of Hollywood studios. He accepted a contract to write for and appear in MGM films. He found little to do in Hollywood, however, beyond writing the dialogue for Tarzan the Ape Man. Returning to London, he starred in the sound remake of The Lodger (1932). After beginning the 1930s with a series of non-musical plays, I Lived With You (1932), Fresh Fields, Proscenium, Sunshine Sisters, Flies in the Sun (all 1933) and Murder in Mayfair (1934), Novello returned to composition in 1935 with Glamorous Night, which was the first of a series of enormously popular musicals. The Times considered that it was for these that Novello would be popularly remembered. Paul Webb, in the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, writes that Novello's show saved the fortunes of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane:
  • 1928
    Age 35
    In 1928 Novello starred in the silent adaptation of Coward's much more successful The Vortex, and made his last silent film, A South Sea Bubble.
    More Details Hide Details During the late 1920s, Novello was the most popular male star in British films.
  • 1927
    Age 34
    Coward had by now caught Novello up professionally, despite a joint disaster when Novello starred in Coward's play Sirocco in 1927, which was a débâcle, and closed within a month of opening.
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  • 1924
    Age 31
    Back in England he co-wrote, produced and starred in the successful 1924 play The Rat.
    More Details Hide Details The play was made into a film in 1925, which was so successful that two sequels followed in 1926 and 1928. His dramatic roles in the West End included the title character in the first London production of Ferenc Molnár's Liliom (1926). Other films in which Novello starred included Alfred Hitchcock's The Lodger, where he played the sinister title character, and Downhill (both in 1927). The British film company Gainsborough Pictures offered Novello a lucrative contract, which enabled him to buy a country house in Littlewick Green, near Maidenhead. He renamed the property Redroofs, and he entertained there famously and with little regard for convention. Cecil Beaton, noting the frequent homosexual excesses, coined the phrase, "the Ivor/Noel naughty set".
  • TWENTIES
  • 1923
    Age 30
    In 1923, Novello made his American movie debut in D. W. Griffith's The White Rose.
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  • 1921
    Age 28
    Novello made his stage debut in 1921 in Deburau by Sacha Guitry with Robert Loraine, Madge Titheradge and Bobbie Andrews, and among other stage engagements, in the next years he played Bingley in an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice with Ben Webster as Darcy and Mary Jerrold as Elizabeth, in a cast that included Ellen Terry, May Whitty and Joyce Carey.
    More Details Hide Details At about this time, Novello had an affair with the writer Siegfried Sassoon; it was short lived, but in the words of Sassoon's biographer John Stuart Roberts, Novello "was a consummate flirt who collected lovers as he gathered lilacs."
  • 1918
    Age 25
    In 1918 and after the war, Novello continued to write successfully for musical comedy and revue.
    More Details Hide Details The former included Who's Hooper? (1919), an adaptation of a Pinero play, with a book by Fred Thompson, lyrics by Clifford Grey, and music by Howard Talbot and Novello, and The Golden Moth by Thompson and P.G. Wodehouse (1921), for which Novello provided the entire score. For Charlot, he contributed numbers to the revues Tabs (1918), A to Z (1921) and Puppets (1924). For the second of these, his songs included one of his few well-known comedy numbers, "And her mother came too", with lyrics by Dion Titheradge, written for Jack Buchanan. At the same time as his successes as a composer, Novello was making a career as an actor. With "a classic profile that gained him matinee idol status amongst the film-going public", he was sought out on the strength of a publicity photograph by the Swiss film director Louis Mercanton. Mercanton offered him a silent-film role as the romantic lead in The Call of the Blood (1920). In the same year, he made another film for Mercanton, Miarka. Novello made his first English film, Carnival, the following year.
  • 1917
    Age 24
    In 1917 he wrote for another Grossmith and Laurillard production, the operette Arlette, for which he contributed additional numbers to an existing French score by Jane Vieu and Guy le Feuvre.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year, Marsh introduced him to the actor Bobbie Andrews, who became Novello's life partner. Andrews introduced Novello to the young Noël Coward. Coward, six years Novello's junior, was deeply envious of Novello's effortless glamour. He wrote, "I just felt suddenly conscious of the long way I had to go before I could break into the magic atmosphere in which he moved and breathed with such nonchalance".
  • 1916
    Age 23
    Novello continued to write songs while serving in the RNAS. He had his first stage success with Theodore & Co in 1916, a production by George Grossmith, Jr. and Edward Laurillard with a score composed by Novello and the young Jerome Kern.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year, Novello contributed to André Charlot's revue See-Saw.
    He avoided enlistment until June 1916, when he reported to a Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) training depot as a probationary flight sub-lieutenant.
    More Details Hide Details After twice crashing an aeroplane, and with the influence of Marsh, he was moved to the Air Ministry office in central London performing clerical duties for the duration of the war.
  • 1914
    Age 21
    In 1914, at the start of the First World War, Novello wrote "Keep the Home Fires Burning", a song that expressed the feelings of innumerable families sundered by World War I. Novello composed the music for the song to a lyric by the American Lena Guilbert-Ford, and it became a huge popular success, bringing Novello money and fame at the age of 21.
    More Details Hide Details In other respects, the war had less impact on Novello than on many young men of his age.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1913
    Age 20
    After leaving school, he gave piano lessons in Cardiff, and then moved to London in 1913 with his mother.
    More Details Hide Details They took a flat above the Strand Theatre, which became his London home for the rest of his life. In London he found a mentor in Sir Edward Marsh, a well-known patron of the arts. Marsh encouraged him to compose and introduced him to people who could help his career. He adopted part of his mother's maiden name, "Novello" as his professional surname, although he did not change it legally until 1927.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1893
    Age 0
    Born on January 15, 1893.
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