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. In addition to his acting career, Paxton has produced a number of short films, including Fish Heads, which made a splash on Saturday Night Live in 1982. 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. Hailing from Fort Worth, Texas, he is best-known for playing distinctive and memorable characters, such as the sneering older brother Chet in John Hughes' Weird Science, a loud-mouthed space soldier in James Cameron's Aliens, astronaut Fred Haise in Ron Howard's Apollo 13, and a tornado researcher opposite Helen Hunt in the blockbuster Twister. It was alleged by W. Somerset Maugham that Winston Churchill confided in him that he had once been to bed with Novello. Bill Paxton (born May 17, 1955) is a notable American actor. 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. Crazy Mama (1979).

However, he continued to appear on stage until the day before his sudden death. Night Warning (1981). This downfall from his luxurious lifestyle completely broke his spirit, and he was never the same man after his release. Stripes (1981). During World War II, Novello was convicted of illegal use of rationed petrol (gasoline) and was briefly imprisoned. Taking Tiger Mountain (1983). He generally composed his music to the librettos of Christopher Hassall. Deadly Lessons (1983).

Novello wrote his musical shows in the style of operetta, and was one of the last major composers in this form. The Lords of Discipline (1983). He also went to Hollywood and appeared in films, but the stage remained his first love and the medium for his major successes. Mortuary (1984). 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). Impulse (1984). 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. Streets of Fire (1984).

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. The Terminator (1984). "Yesterday". An Early Frost (1985). "Someday my Heart will Awake". The Atlanta Child Murders (1985). "We'll Gather Lilacs". Commando (1985).

"When I Curtsied to the King". Weird Science (1985). "My Dearest Dear". Fresno (1986). "I can Give you the Starlight". Aliens (1986). "Rose of England". Near Dark (1987).

"Shine Through my Dreams". Pass the Ammo (1988). "Fold Your Wings". Slipstream (1989). "Keep the Home Fires Burning". Next of Kin (1989). Gay's the Word (1951). The Last of the Finest (1990).

King's Rhapsody (1949). Brain Dead (1990). Perchance to Dream (1945). Back to Back (1990). Arc de Triomphe (1943). Navy Seals (1990). The Dancing Years (1939). Predator 2 (1990).

Crest of the Wave (1937). One False Move (1991). Careless Rapture (1936). The Dark Backwards (1991). Glamorous Night (1935). The Vagrant (1992). Trespass (1992).

Monolith (1993). Indian Summer (1993). Future Shock (1993). Boxing Helena (1993).

Tombstone (1993). Frank and Jesse (1994). True Lies (1994). The Last Supper (1995).

Apollo 13 (1995). Twister (1996). The Evening Star (1996). Titanic (1997).

The Travellers (1997). A Bright Shining Lie (1998). A Simple Plan (1998). Mighty Joe Young (1998).

U-571 (2000). Vertical Limit (2000). Frailty (2002). Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams (2002).

Ghosts of the Abyss (2003). Thunderbirds (2004).

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