Sir Noël Peirce Coward (16 December 1899 – 26 March 1973) was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called "a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise".
Coward attended a dance academy in London as a child, making his professional stage début at the age of eleven. As a teenager he was introduced into the high society in which most of his plays would be set. Coward achieved enduring success as a playwright, publishing more than 50 plays from his teens onwards. Many of his works, such as Hay Fever, Private Lives, Design for Living, Present Laughter and Blithe Spirit, have remained in the regular theatre repertoire. He composed hundreds of songs, in addition to well over a dozen musical theatre works (including the operetta Bitter Sweet and comic revues), screenplays, poetry, several volumes of short stories, the novel Pomp and Circumstance, and a three-volume autobiography. Coward's stage and film acting and directing career spanned six decades, during which he starred in many of his own works, as well as those of others.
At the outbreak of the Second World War Coward volunteered for war work, running the British propaganda office in Paris. He also worked with the Secret Service, seeking to use his influence to persuade the American public and government to help Britain. Coward won an Academy Honorary Award in 1943 for his naval film drama In Which We Serve and was knighted in 1969. In the 1950s he achieved fresh success as a cabaret performer, performing his own songs, such as "Mad Dogs and Englishmen", "London Pride" and "I Went to a Marvellous Party".
Coward's plays and songs achieved new popularity in the 1960s and 1970s, and his work and style continue to influence popular culture. He did not publicly acknowledge his homosexuality, but it was discussed candidly after his death by biographers including Graham Payn, his long-time partner, and in Coward's diaries and letters, published posthumously. The former Albery Theatre (originally the New Theatre) in London was renamed the Noël Coward Theatre in his honour in 2006.
Birth and Death Data: Born December 16th, 1899 (Teddington), Died Firefly Estate
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1941
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist, baritone vocal, speaker
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 65 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-34168||10-in.||12/21/1925||Poor little rich girl||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-48407||10-in.||11/28/1928||A room with a view||Roger Wolfe Kahn Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-48408||10-in.||11/28/1928||Dance little lady||Roger Wolfe Kahn Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-57156||10-in.||11/20/1929||I'll see you again||Leo Reisman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-57562||10-in.||11/29/1929||I'll see you again||Leo Reisman Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-57589||10-in.||12/9/1929||If love were all||Leo Reisman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-57968||10-in.||12/31/1929||I'll see you again||Olga Albani||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-57969||10-in.||12/31/1929||Zigeuner||Olga Albani||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BRC-71206||10-in.||12/28/1931||Someday I'll find you||Leo Reisman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-74968||10-in.||1/23/1933||Mary make-believe||Greta Keller||Female vocal solo, with orchestra (takes 1 and 2); with instrumental ensemble (takes 3 and 4)||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||CS-75778||12-in.||4/11/1933||Program of Noel Coward songs||Noel Coward ; Leo Reisman Orchestra||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist|
|Victor||CS-75779||12-in.||4/11/1933||Program of Noel Coward songs||Noel Coward ; Leo Reisman Orchestra||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-81993||10-in.||3/31/1934||Zigeuner||Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Salon Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||CS-82352||12-in.||4/26/1934||Three pieces by Noel Coward||Roger Stearns||Piano solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-011696||10-in.||8/11/1937||Mad dogs and Englishmen||Connecticut Yankees ; Gentlemen Songsters ; Rudy Vallée||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-030782||10-in.||12/30/1938||I'm so weary of it all||Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-030783||10-in.||12/30/1938||Never again||Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-031826||10-in.||1/23/1939||Zigeuner||Artie Shaw Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-037601||10-in.||6/7/1939||Poor little rich girl||Larry Clinton Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||PBS-061987||10-in.||12/17/1941||Mad about the boy||Lou Bring ; Lena Horne||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BS-064011||10-in.||4/3/1941||I'll follow my secret heart||Joe Reichman||Piano solo, with instrumental trio||composer|
|Columbia||W141272||10-in.||11/17/1925||Poor little rich girl||Gertrude Lawrence||Female vocal solo, with piano||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||W141273||10-in.||11/17/1925||Russian blues||Gertrude Lawrence||Female vocal solo, with piano||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||W141274||10-in.||11/17/1925||Carrie||Gertrude Lawrence||Female vocal solo, with piano||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||W147480||10-in.||11/22/1928||A room with a view||Arthur Ross and his Westerners ; Marvin Young||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Coward, Noel," accessed September 24, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102403.
Coward, Noel. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 24, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102403.
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