Lionel Bart

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Born: August 1, 1930; London, England   Died: April 3, 1999; Hammersmith, London, England  
The composer/lyricist of one of the most popular of all English musicals, Oliver!, Lionel Bart enjoyed early promise, but suffered quick decline. He studied at St. Martin's School of Art, but was mainly self-taught as a musician; his early theater work was as a scene painter, and as a composer, he would later need assistants to transcribe his tunes and sort out his harmonic instructions. He began writing pop songs in the mid-'50s for the Cavemen, Read more a group of which he was a member, as well as for Cliff Richard and Billy Fury. His work for Richard and Tommy Steele, lead singer of the Cavemen, helped Bart break into film when Richard and Steele started making movies; among his hits was "Living Doll." Around this time, he also started writing musicals for Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop at Stratford East. One of his earliest efforts, 1958's Wally Pone, King of the Underworld, established Bart's personal precedent for pillaging earlier and unlikely literary sources for his musicals -- in this case, Ben Jonson's Volpone. The following year, Fings Ain't Wot They Used t'Be was Bart's first West End success. Bart reached his peak in 1960, at age 30, with Oliver!, based on Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist and the first of a string of Bart titles to end with at least one exclamation point. For this show, Bart produced some undeniably catchy songs -- even an homage to food -- and drew on his Jewish heritage in the modal songs for the character Fagin. Among Bart's later exclamatory efforts were 1962's Blitz!, set during the London blitzkrieg, and the notorious 1965 flop Twang!!, a Robin Hood spoof that missed its mark. His only notable musical after this was 1969's La Strada, based on the Fellini film; it closed after a single night on Broadway. Bart continued writing songs and themes for films, but it's telling that his only real success later in life was "Happy Endings," a 1989 advertising jingle. This helped spur a few 1990s revivals of his earlier works, but nothing new found success remotely comparable to that of Oliver! or Bart's theme song for the 1963 James Bond movie From Russia With Love. Read less
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  • 1.
    The Golden Age of Hollywood: The Great Musicals / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Catalog: 51 Release Date: 02/02/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jule Styne,  Ralph Blane,  Cole Porter,  Frank Loesser  ... 
    Performer:  Ria Jones,  Graham Bickley
    Conductor:  Richard Balcombe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Ed Ames on Broadway - Opening Night & More I Cannot Wish You
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 7134 Release Date: 07/15/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frederick Loewe,  Anthony Newley,  Arthur Schwartz,  Harvey Schmidt  ... 
    Performer:  Ed Ames
    Conductor:  Claus Ogerman,  Hal Mooney,  Frank Hunter,  Marty Manning  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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    James Bond Themes, Vol. 7
    Label: The Store For Music   Catalog: 1 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Monty Norman,  Jeffrey Cohen,  John Barry,  Michel Legrand  ... 
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    Cantus Angelicus
    Label: Estonian Record Productions   Catalog: 5312 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck,  Giulio Caccini,  Charles Gounod,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Heldur Harry Polda
    Conductor:  Risto Joost
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    Label: Acrobat Records   Catalog: 4369 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Laurie Johnson,  Sandro Giovannini,  Richard Rodgers  ... 
    Performer:  Shani Wallis,  Pat Kirkwood,  Dennis Bowen,  Robin Wentworth  ... 
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    Anniversary Series - A Cappella Collection
    Label: Signum Classics   Catalog: 299 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Imogen Heap,  Robert Chilcott,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swingle Singers,  King's Singers,  BBC Singers  ... 
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  • 7.
    50 Best Songs From The Musicals
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27375 Release Date: 05/22/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frederick Loewe,  Richard Rodgers,  Richard M. Sherman,  Cole Porter  ... 
    Performer:  Jean Bayless,  Barbara Hendricks,  Kim Criswell,  Thomas Hampson  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Lee,  Robert Lowe,  Jonathan Tunick,  John McGlinn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Abbey Road Ensemble
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  • 8.
    David Merrick Presents Hits From His Broadway Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 91142 Release Date: 02/21/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harold Rome,  Bob Merrill,  Jule Styne,  Marguerite Monnot  ... 
    Performer:  John Gary,  Ann-Margret
    Conductor:  Henri René,  Joe Lipman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Merrill Staton Voices
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  • 9.
    Judy Garland -  The London Studio Recordings 1957-1964
    Label: First Hand Records   Catalog: 12 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Roger Edens,  Ray Henderson,  James Francis McHugh,  Harold Arlen  ... 
    Performer:  Judy Garland,  Saul Chaplin
    Conductor:  Geoff Love,  Norrie Paramor,  Mort Lindsey,  Harry Robinson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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    Amour, Amor, Amore
    Label: Elisabeth Turchi   Catalog: 5637784687 Release Date: 06/07/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  George Frideric Handel,  Giovanni Paisiello,  Franz Lehár  ... 
    Performer:  Elisabeth [Soprano Vocal] Turchi,  Scott Beard
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  • 11.
    100 Greatest Musicals
    Label: Silva   Catalog: 1328 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Jerome Kern,  George Gershwin,  Richard Rodgers,  Irving Berlin  ... 
    Performer:  Jill Washington,  Jason Howard,  Lesley Garrett,  David Shannon  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Bateman,  Ivor Bolton,  James Fitzpatrick,  Andrew Greenwood  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Music Works
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  • 12.
    Oliver! / Original Broadway Cast
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 765729 Release Date: 05/04/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lionel Bart
    Performer:  Clive Revill,  Georgia Brown
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  • 13.
    Oliver! / Original Soundtrack
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 5501 Release Date: 10/29/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lionel Bart
    Performer:  Peggy Mount,  Shani Wallis,  Jack Wild,  Ron Moody  ... 
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  • 14.
    Showtime! Music Of Broadway & Hollywood / Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Label: Mormon Tabernacle   Catalog: 70057 Release Date: 02/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Mitchell Leigh,  Harold Arlen,  Lucy Simon  ... 
    Conductor:  Craig Jessop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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    Light Classics - Broadway Blockbusters / Richard Hayman
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555012 Release Date: 05/20/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude-Michel Schönberg,  Jule Styne,  Leonard Bernstein,  Marvin Hamlisch  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hayman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Richard Hayman Orchestra
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  • 16.
    Bond & Beyond / Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80251 Release Date: 10/22/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Hayes,  Marvin Hamlisch,  Danny Elfman,  Eric Clapton  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
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  • 17.
    Patti Lupone Live
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61797 Release Date: 06/08/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Kurt Weill,  Julie Gold,  Irving Berlin,  Cole Porter  ... 
    Performer:  Jackie O'Neill,  Brian Miller,  Mike Vaccaro,  Joel Dibartolo  ... 
    Conductor:  John McDaniel
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