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 a deliberate in-joke, he has also voiced Sideshow Bob's brother, Cecil, in one episode of The Simpsons, in which he and Grammer essentially recreated the Fraiser/Niles relationship. 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. Some of his more notable roles in this calling include the Walking Stick insect "Slim" in A Bug's Life and the amphibian Abe Sapien in Hellboy. It was alleged by W. Somerset Maugham that Winston Churchill confided in him that he had once been to bed with Novello. Pierce has a distinctive voice and, like his Frasier co-star Kelsey Grammer, is called on often to provide voice work. 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 appeared alongside Meg Ryan in Sleepless in Seattle, with Jodie Foster in Little Man Tate and alongside Ewan McGregor in Down With Love.

However, he continued to appear on stage until the day before his sudden death. Pierce also plays in movies from time to time. This downfall from his luxurious lifestyle completely broke his spirit, and he was never the same man after his release. For the last few years of the run of the show, Pierce was paid up to USD$1 million per episode. During World War II, Novello was convicted of illegal use of rationed petrol (gasoline) and was briefly imprisoned. For this role, Pierce was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Emmy for a record ten consecutive years, winning in 1995, 1998, 1999 and 2004. He generally composed his music to the librettos of Christopher Hassall. Because of his resemblance to Kelsey Grammer, the role of Niles Crane on the Cheers spin-off Frasier was created for him.

Novello wrote his musical shows in the style of operetta, and was one of the last major composers in this form. Pierce held an assortment of jobs, including security guard and tie salesman in New York City before breaking into film in the late 1980s. He also went to Hollywood and appeared in films, but the stage remained his first love and the medium for his major successes. Born and raised in Saratoga Springs, New York, Pierce began acting in high school and attended Yale University, where he majored in English and theater. 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). Niles Crane on the situation comedy Frasier. 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. David Hyde Pierce (born April 3, 1959) is an American actor, best known for the role of Dr.

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. "Yesterday". "Someday my Heart will Awake". "We'll Gather Lilacs".

"When I Curtsied to the King". "My Dearest Dear". "I can Give you the Starlight". "Rose of England".

"Shine Through my Dreams". "Fold Your Wings". "Keep the Home Fires Burning". Gay's the Word (1951).

King's Rhapsody (1949). Perchance to Dream (1945). Arc de Triomphe (1943). The Dancing Years (1939).

Crest of the Wave (1937). Careless Rapture (1936). Glamorous Night (1935).

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