Anthony Newley

Died aged 67

Anthony Newley (24 September 1931 – 14 April 1999) was an English actor, singer, songwriter, and filmmaker. A "latter-day British Al Jolson", he achieved widespread success in song, and on stage and screen. "One of Broadway's greatest leading men", from 1959 to 1962 he scored a dozen entries on the UK Top 40 chart, including two number one hits. Newley won the 1963 Grammy Award for Song of the Year for "What Kind of Fool Am I", sung by Sammy Davis Jr., and wrote "Feeling Good", which became a signature hit for Nina Simone. His songs have been performed by a wide variety of artists including Fiona Apple, Tony Bennett, Barbara Streisand, Michael Bublé and Mariah Carey. With songwriting partner Leslie Bricusse, Newley won an Academy Award for the film score of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), featuring "Pure Imagination", which has been covered by dozens of artists. He collaborated with John Barry on the title song for the James Bond film Goldfinger (1964), sung by Shirely Bassey. Newley was also "among the most innovative UK acts of the early rock years, before moving into musicals and cabaret". An "icon of the early 1960s", his TV series, The Strange World of Gurney Slade, "continues to have a cult following due to its advanced postmodern premise that [he] is trapped inside a television programme." Hailed as one of "Britain's most distinctive talents", Newley was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1989.

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Anthony Newley 1931-1999 Entertainer Was a pupil at this school and lived at 14 Oswald Street, now the site of Heanor Court, from 1931 until the mid 1940's.

Mandeville Primary School, Oswald Street, Lower Clapton, London, United Kingdom where they attended school

Anthony Newley 1931 - 1999 Composer, Actor Singer, Entertainer Born in a house which stood on this site

Heanor Court, Oswald Street, London, United Kingdom where they was