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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 51-65 of 65 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 0EA2888 10-in. 6/26/1936 Play, orchestra, play Roy Fox Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal composer, lyricist  
Gramophone 0B3183 10-in. 9/1/1932 The younger generation Al Bowlly ; New Mayfair Dance Orchestra ; Ray Noble Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Gramophone 0B3184 10-in. 9/1/1932 Mad about the boy New Mayfair Orchestra ; Ray Noble Jazz/dance band composer  
Gramophone 0B4207 10-in. 1932 Let's say goodbye Noel Coward Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Gramophone 0B4208 10-in. 9/20/1932 The party's over now Noel Coward Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Gramophone 0B4209 10-in. 9/20/1932 Something to do with spring Noel Coward Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Gramophone 0B4210 10-in. 9/19/1932 Mad dogs and Englishmen Noel Coward ; Ray Noble Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 0B5913 10-in. 2/27/1934 I'll follow my secret heart Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Gramophone 0B5914 10-in. 2/27/1934 Nevermore Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Gramophone 0EA6282 10-in. 3/25/1938 The stately homes of England Ken Carter ; Hugh French ; John Gatrell ; His Majesty’s Theatre Orchestra (London, England) ; Ross Landon Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Gramophone 0EA6428 10-in. 3/24/1938 Dearest love Noel Coward Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Gramophone 0EA6429 10-in. 3/24/1938 I'll see you again Noel Coward Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Gramophone 0EA8121 10-in. 10/19/1939 I'll see you again Webster Booth ; Clifford Greenwood ; Anne Ziegler Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Vocalion E2016-E2018 10-in. 12/31/1925 Poor little rich girl Selvin’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Vocalion 786-788W 10-in. 5/13/1925 Steppin' in society Selvin’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
(Results 51-65 of 65 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Coward, Noel," accessed October 22, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102403.

Coward, Noel. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 22, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102403.

"Coward, Noel." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 22 October 2020.

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

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