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During the summer of 1955, Noel Coward, that doyen of English style, made a splash in Las Vegas, that flashiest of resort towns. Coward's one-month engagement at Wilbur Clark's Desert Inn sparked a mass exodus from Hollywood to his standing-room-only performances, by celebrities ranging from Humphrey Bogart to Frank Sinatra. Columbia head Goddard Lieberson soon headed to Nevada as well (with recording equipment in tow), and Coward, while fighting a touch of flu in the 116-degree heat, delivered one of his finest performances in front of the microphones. What amazes about Coward's show is his ability to convey with no detectable effort all of the nimble diction and convivial grace necessary to perform these intricate songs in a live setting — not a syllable out of place, not a line delivered but with ease and precision. And contrary to assumption, Coward did in fact share much with his audience; he leaves his audience absolutely cackling in glee at the English stuffed shirts who populate his comic pieces "Uncle Harry," "A Bar on the Piccola Marina" (written quite recently), and, of course, his classic "Mad Dogs and Englishmen." A vocal masterpiece, Noel Coward at Las Vegas is without doubt the master's finest appearance on record.

Biography

Born: December 16, 1899 in Teddington, Middlesex, England

Genre: Vocal

Years Active: '10s, '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

A multi-talented Renaissance man of the 20th century, Noël Coward worked primarily as a playwright, actor, songwriter, and singer, but his creative activities also included the writing of fiction and poetry; producing and directing for the stage, film, and television; and nightclub entertaining and recording. Across a career spanning six decades, he was remarkably successful at these various pursuits, moving from one to the other with seeming ease, even when he was wearing several different hats...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Soundtrack, Music, Vocal
  • Released: 1955

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