Ivor Novello (born David Ivor Davies; 15 January 1893 – 6 March 1951) was a Welsh composer and actor who became one of the most popular British entertainers of the first half of the 20th century.
He was born into a musical family, and his first successes were as a songwriter. His first big hit was "Keep the Home Fires Burning" (1914), which was enormously popular during the First World War. His 1917 show, Theodore & Co, was a wartime hit. After the war, Novello contributed numbers to several successful musical comedies and was eventually commissioned to write the scores of complete shows. He wrote his musicals in the style of operetta and often composed his music to the libretti of Christopher Hassall.
In the 1920s, he turned to acting, first in British films and then on stage, with considerable success in both. He starred in two silent films directed by Alfred Hitchcock, The Lodger and Downhill (both 1927). On stage, he played the title character in the first London production of Liliom (1926). Novello briefly went to Hollywood, but he soon returned to Britain, where he had more successes, especially on stage, appearing in his own lavish West End productions of musicals. The best known of these were Glamorous Night (1935) and The Dancing Years (1939).
From the 1930s, he often performed with Zena Dare, writing parts for her in his works. He continued to write for film, but he had his biggest late successes with stage musicals: Perchance to Dream (1945), King's Rhapsody (1949) and Gay's the Word (1951). The Ivor Novello Awards were named after him in 1955.
Birth and Death Data: Born January 15th, 1893 (Cardiff), Died London
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1915 - 1925
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist, piano
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 44 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-16626||10-in.||10/8/1915||Keep the home-fires burning till the boys come home||Frederick J. Wheeler||Male vocal solo, with drum and orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-17627||10-in.||5/8/1916||Laddie in khaki||Lewis J. Howell||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-18017||10-in.||6/23/1916||Laddie in khaki||James F. Harrison||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist, composer|
|Victor||B-18709||10-in.||11/14/1916||Good luck to the boys of the Allies medley||Victor Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-18864||10-in.||12/21/1916||Guardons notre amour, pour le retour des vainqueurs||Torcom Bézazian||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-19994||10-in.||6/8/1917||Naar jeg kommer hjem||Inga Örner||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-20017||10-in.||6/7/1917||Keep the home-fires burning ('Til the boys come home)||John McCormack||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-21615||10-in.||3/19/1918||The radiance in your eyes||Reinald Werrenrath||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-21772||10-in.||4/16/1918||Laddie in khaki||Frances Alda||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-22087||10-in.||8/12/1918||Camp songs medley, part 2||National Camps Song Leaders||Vocal chorus, with cornet and piano||composer|
|Victor||B-22210||10-in.||8/13/1918||Keep the home fires burning||Victor Military Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-22416||10-in.||11/13/1918||Až se vrátís zaš||František A. Pangrác||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-23507||10-in.||12/1/1919||Thoughts of you||Frances Alda||Soprano vocal solo, with piano and orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-25570||10-in.||9/23/1921||Every bit of loving in the world||Frances Alda||Soprano vocal solo, with celeste and orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-25901||10-in.||12/13/1921||Bless you||Frances Alda||Soprano vocal solo, with celeste and orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-27084||10-in.||11/20/1922||The land of the might-have-been||John McCormack||Tenor vocal solo, with harp and orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-33478||10-in.||10/16/1925||The little damozel||Lucrezia Bori||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||[Trial 1918-05-15-01]||Not documented||5/15/1918||My laddie in khaki||Helen Clark||Female vocal solo, with piano||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||[Trial 1918-11-29-01]||Not documented||11/29/1918||Laddie in khaki||Edward Doyle||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||46135||10-in.||10/21/1915||Keep the home fires burning till the boys come home||Reed Miller ; Frederick J. Wheeler||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||46408||10-in.||2/14/1916||Canadian medley one-step||Prince's Band||Band||composer|
|Columbia||46794||10-in.||5/19/1916||Laddie in khaki||Charles Harrison||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||77409||10-in.||10/4/1917||War song hits||Columbia Quartette||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||77873||10-in.||6/4/1918||Keep the home fires burning||Howard Kopp||Bells solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||77894||10-in.||6/18/1918||The radiance in your eyes||Vernon Stiles||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Novello, Ivor," accessed September 29, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103013.
Novello, Ivor. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 29, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103013.
"Novello, Ivor." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 29 September 2020.
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