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Noel Coward

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  
(Results 1-25 of 65 records)

Citation

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.

"Coward, Noel." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 24 September 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102403

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