The Present Day Composer #37


Noel Coward (1899-1973)

3 comments:

Vanwall said...

This must be towards the end of a remarkably urbane career.

Tom Sutpen said...

I think it's a Life magazine photo from the time Coward was doing his Vegas gigs; late 50s.

You know, it's pretty amazing that Noel Coward's act went over as well as it did in Las Vegas. I mean, he actually brought in gamblers. Not as many as Sinatra or Joe E. Lewis, but certainly more than Danny Kaye and Elvis Presley (the 1956 engagement at the New Frontier specifically) combined.

swac said...

There's another photo from this session with Coward having a cup of tea in the middle of the desert. I think that might be the image on the cover of the Noel Coward in Las Vegas LP on Columbia.

Coward's live recordings for Columbia were later combined in the double-LP The Noel Coward Album (and on a slightly edited version on CD), but the packaging wasn't nearly as spiffy.