Lionel Bart is an English musical writer and composer. He wrote "Rock with the Caveman" by Tommy Steele and is the sole creator of the musical Oliver !. With Oliver! and working alongside theater director Joan Littlewood at Theater Royal, Stratford East, he played a pivotal role in the birth of British music in the 1960s after the West End dominated American opera. Best known for creating Oliver's book, music, and lyrics, Bart has been described by Andrew Lloyd Webber as "the father of modern English musical". In 1963, the film won the Tony Award for Best Original Music for Oliver!, And the cinematic version of the 1968 musical won a total of six Academy Awards, including the Academy Award for Best Picture. . Some of his other compositions include the theme song from James Bond From Russia with Love, and the songs "Living Doll" by Cliff Richard, "Far Away" by Shirley Bassey, "Do You Mind ?
|Born||Lionel Begleiter, August 1, 1930, Stepney, London, England|
|Died||April 3, 1999, Acton, London, England|
British composer and writer of popular musicals like Oliver! and La Strada.
He previously served in the Royal Air Force.
He received the Ivor Novello Award for lifetime achievement in 1986.
He and his sister Renee were the sole survivors of seven children born to his parents.
He wrote the music and lyrics for Oliver!, whose original stage production starred actor Ron Moody.
English TM_VZ! English musical composers. Artists from Deram Records. Golders Blue Crematorium. Jewish composers. Former students of the École des Arts Saint-Martin. British male composers. Prize winner Ivor Novello. LGBT musicians