Friday, January 29, 2016

Stop The World, for Leslie B!

 Leslie Bricusse was born in London in 1931,
and after a Cambridge education,
formed a partnership of sorts with Anthony Newley...
"Brickman and Newburg",
and together they wrote the music and lyrics for 
Stop The World - I Want To Get Off, and
The Roar Of The Greasepaint, The Smell Of the Crowd.

 Backstage on opening night of "Roar"...
with Joan Collins (Anthony's wife), Anthony, Sammy, Carol and Cyril.

 Along with composing/lyric writing for staged musicals,
Leslie wrote movie themes and scores.
Above, Shirley Bassey and a promotional photo from
Goldfinger, which Leslie wrote with John Barry.

 Another collaboration with Anthony
yielded the score of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Above, Peter Ostrum and Gene Wilder.

With Henry Mancini,
Leslie wrote the score for Victor/Victoria...

 And with John Williams, the score for
Hook, which starred Dustin Hoffman and Robin Williams
(with a great Smee, thanks to Bob Hoskins, below on the left).
Above, Amber Scott who sang "When You're Alone."

Leslie wrote both the music and lyrics
for Doctor Doolittle, Goodbye Mr. Chips, and Scrooge,
and several hit singles, including 
"You Only Live Twice," "Can You Read My Mind,"
and "When I Look In Your Eyes".
Above with his wife, Yvonne Romain, a British actress
best known perhaps for her role in
The Curse Of The Werewolf! :)
Leslie just celebrated his 85th year.

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