Ivor Novello

David Ivor Davies (January 15, 1893 - March 6, 1951), better known as Ivor Novello , was one of the most popular entertainers of the 20th century. He was born at Llwyn-yr-Eos (Grove of Nightingales), Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff, Wales, to Dame Clara Novello Davies (1861-1943), a well-known singer and teacher, and David Davies, a tax collector. He first became well known as a result of the song, "Keep the Home Fires Burning", which he composed during World War I. After the war, he appeared on stage in the West End, in musical shows of his own devising, the best known being The Dancing Years (1939). He also went to Hollywood and appeared in films, but the stage remained his first love and the medium for his major successes.

Novello wrote his musical shows in the style of operetta, and was one of the last major composers in this form. He generally composed his music to the librettos of Christopher Hassall.

During World War II, Novello was convicted of illegal use of rationed petrol (gasoline) and was briefly imprisoned. This downfall from his luxurious lifestyle completely broke his spirit, and he was never the same man after his release. However, he continued to appear on stage until the day before his sudden death.

Novello was a homosexual, well known for some of his more glamorous affairs. For 35 years, he was the lover of the British actor Bobby Andrews, and he had an affair with the British poet and writer Siegfried Sassoon. It was alleged by W. Somerset Maugham that Winston Churchill confided in him that he had once been to bed with Novello.

The Ivor Novello Award is a prize awarded for songwriting, named for Ivor Novello, and awarded each year by the record industry to song writers and arrangers rather than the performing artistes.

Novello was portrayed in the fictional film Gosford Park (2001) by Jeremy Northam and several of his songs were used for the film's soundtrack.

Principal Shows

  • Glamorous Night (1935)
  • Careless Rapture (1936)
  • Crest of the Wave (1937)
  • The Dancing Years (1939)
  • Arc de Triomphe (1943)
  • Perchance to Dream (1945)
  • King's Rhapsody (1949)
  • Gay's the Word (1951)

Outstanding Songs

  • "Keep the Home Fires Burning"
  • "Fold Your Wings"
  • "Shine Through my Dreams"
  • "Rose of England"
  • "I can Give you the Starlight"
  • "My Dearest Dear"
  • "When I Curtsied to the King"
  • "We'll Gather Lilacs"
  • "Someday my Heart will Awake"
  • "Yesterday"

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Novello was portrayed in the fictional film Gosford Park (2001) by Jeremy Northam and several of his songs were used for the film's soundtrack. He has worked frequently with Bill Murray and Ivan Reitman. The Ivor Novello Award is a prize awarded for songwriting, named for Ivor Novello, and awarded each year by the record industry to song writers and arrangers rather than the performing artistes. Although occasionally mistaken for a Canadian, Ramis is actually from Chicago, Illinois, USA. It was alleged by W. Somerset Maugham that Winston Churchill confided in him that he had once been to bed with Novello. Ramis was also a writer and performer on the SCTV television series. Novello was a homosexual, well known for some of his more glamorous affairs. For 35 years, he was the lover of the British actor Bobby Andrews, and he had an affair with the British poet and writer Siegfried Sassoon. He performed with Chicago's Second City improvisational comedy troupe and the Broadway revue National Lampoon's Lemmings.

However, he continued to appear on stage until the day before his sudden death. Ramis worked as joke editor for Playboy magazine. This downfall from his luxurious lifestyle completely broke his spirit, and he was never the same man after his release. Louis, Missouri his first job was as a mental-ward orderly. During World War II, Novello was convicted of illegal use of rationed petrol (gasoline) and was briefly imprisoned. After graduating from Washington University in St. He generally composed his music to the librettos of Christopher Hassall. His best known acting roles are as "Egon Spengler" in Ghostbusters and "Russell Ziskey" in Stripes.

Novello wrote his musical shows in the style of operetta, and was one of the last major composers in this form. Harold Ramis (born November 21, 1944) is an American actor, director, and writer. He also went to Hollywood and appeared in films, but the stage remained his first love and the medium for his major successes. Analyze That (2002). He first became well known as a result of the song, "Keep the Home Fires Burning", which he composed during World War I. After the war, he appeared on stage in the West End, in musical shows of his own devising, the best known being The Dancing Years (1939). Bedazzled (2000). He was born at Llwyn-yr-Eos (Grove of Nightingales), Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff, Wales, to Dame Clara Novello Davies (1861-1943), a well-known singer and teacher, and David Davies, a tax collector. Analyze This (1999).

David Ivor Davies (January 15, 1893 - March 6, 1951), better known as Ivor Novello , was one of the most popular entertainers of the 20th century. Groundhog Day (1993). "Yesterday". Ghostbusters II (1989). "Someday my Heart will Awake". Caddyshack II (1988). "We'll Gather Lilacs". Club Paradise (1986).

"When I Curtsied to the King". Back to School (1986). "My Dearest Dear". Ghostbusters (1984). "I can Give you the Starlight". Stripes (1981). "Rose of England". Caddyshack (1980).

"Shine Through my Dreams". Meatballs (1979). "Fold Your Wings". Animal House (1978). "Keep the Home Fires Burning". "SCTV" (1976 - 1981) TV Series. Gay's the Word (1951). Analyze That (2002).

King's Rhapsody (1949). Bedazzled (2000). Perchance to Dream (1945). Analyze This (1999). Arc de Triomphe (1943). Multiplicity (1996). The Dancing Years (1939). Stuart Saves His Family (1995).

Crest of the Wave (1937). Groundhog Day (1993). Careless Rapture (1936). Club Paradise (1986). Glamorous Night (1935). National Lampoon's Vacation (1983). Caddyshack (1980).

Orange County (2002). Ghostbusters II (1989). Baby Boom (1987). Ghostbusters (1984).

Stripes (1981).

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