Before Anthony Newley was the big West End Star, before Broadway and way before Vegas, Newley was a British pop star - by a mistake recording in a film called "Idol On Parade". In the movie Newley played a pop star who was called up to the army. Newley recorded all four songs from the movie and overnight flew to top of the hit parade. The film was tongue in cheek with a slight hint of the Presley in the army story, but the British public took it as fact and turned Newley into a pop star!
Here are all of the early hits from 1958 - 1964. Paul Goodhead - President - Anthony Newley Society.
Born in 'Hackney,London' in 1931 singer/songwriter, actor, International Star, Hall of Fame for his song-writing 1989, certainly
had a sparkling career down the years.
In film, among his roles was as 'The Artful Dodger' in 'David Leans' 'Oliver Twist' (1948) also famously taking the title role in TV
series 'The Strange World Of Gurney Slade' a role he dreamt up after noticing a small Somerset village called 'Gurney Slade'
His song-writing included numbers such as 'What Kind Of Fool Am I' (a song also adopted by king of comedy 'Norman Wisdom')
'Anthony Newley' also famously had a hand in writing the song 'Goldfinger' with 'John Barry' he also penned hit songs for artists
such as 'Tony Bennett' and 'Sammy Davis'
He truly had a terrific career, in later years he was a star-attraction on the 'Las Vegas' stages..............
Way back in 1960, his 'Strawberry Fair' / Pop Goes The Weasel' (Chart '3' U.K) was among one of the first half dozen 45's i bought,
played both sides frequently, also that year another 'Vinyl' i bought 'Why' (Chart '1' U.K) and indeed 'Do You Mind' (Chart '1' also 1960)
Among some of his other chart-hits that can be found on-board 'Personality' (Chart '6' 1959) 'And The Heaven's Cried' (Chart '6' 1961G)
The song 'Pop Goes the Weasel' became a hit in it's own right peaking at number '12' in 1961 and 'D-Darling' a number '25' hit for him
in 1962..........these among the many numbers harboured on this album, he also had chart-success in the U.S though somewhat lower
entries than in the U.K.
He certainly was a multi-talented entertainer, his personality standing him in great stead, this release, genuinely a great reflection of his
'Anthony Newley' died in Florida in April 1999 from renal Cancer aged 67.