The first time I met Norman Newell he was selling sheet music in a music publisher’s store in Charing Cross Road. Our first conversation was related to my asking him to run out and get me a packet of cigarettes and his first words to me were to ask my advice about song writing. We have been great friends ever since and today he is one of our top lyric writers.
Norman has written songs for over forty movies and this facet of his career was highlighted when he became the first English lyricist to be awarded a Hollywood Academy Award Nomination for his song MORE from “Mondo Cane”, written with Riz Ortolani. This song is now one of the most recorded numbers in the world, having over three hundred different versions in the English language and countless others throughout the world. MORE has earned Norman a BMI Award and the coveted American GRAMMY Award. The lyric for PORTRAIT OF MY LOVE, with music by Cyril Ornadel, was described by famous American columnist Walter Winchell as poetry. This song also earned Norman a BMI and an Ivor Novello Award. Ivor Novello Awards were also given to him for BY THE FOUNTAINS OF ROME and JEANNIE, and last year, he and Riz Ortolani won the Hollywood Golden Globe Award with their song FORGET DOMANI from “The Yellow Rolls-Royce”.
Included on this album are MORE and PORTRAIT OF MY LOVE and also the new film titles that Norman has recently written, WHO CAN SAY, with Riz Ortolani, from the forthcoming film “Africa Addio” and AMANDA, written with Brian Fahey and included in the film “The Alphabet Murders”.
Norman Newell has appeared on television on several occasions and recently undertook a series of interview programmes for the B.B.C. in which he interviewed Laurence Harvey, Paul Newman, Rachel Roberts, Carroll Baker, Peter Ustinov, Anthony Perkins, Tony Curtis, Jean Simmons, Stanley Holloway, and for ABC Television, a highly successful interview with the late Sophie Tucker.
Norman told me that he called this album MORE THAN MEMORIES because his career has so many wonderful moments to remember that memory to him is part of the present as well as the past. His selection of melodies on this L.P., so beautifully orchestrated by Brian Fahey, are personal, and I am sure they will appeal to many people.
MICHAEL CARR (writer of South of the Border and Dinner for One Please James).
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