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Leslie Bricusse

leslie Bricusse

Bricusse was educated at University College School in London and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. While at Cambridge University, he was Secretary of Footlights between 1952 and 1953 and Footlights President during the following year.(1) He currently lives in California in the United States, and he is married to actress Yvonne Romain.(citation needed)They have a son, Adam, born 4 April 1964.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Bricusse enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Anthony Newley. They wrote the musical Stop the World - I Want to Get Off (1961) which was successful in London and on Broadway, and was made into a (poorly received) film version in 1966. Also in collaboration with Newley, Bricusse wrote The Roar of the Greasepaint-the Smell of the Crowd (1965) and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), based on the children's book by Roald Dahl, and for which they received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song Score. When he collaborated with Newley, the two men referred to themselves as the team of "Brickman and Newburg", with "Newburg" concentrating mainly on the music and "Brickman" on the lyrics. Ian Fraser often did their arrangements.

Working solely as a lyricist, he collaborated with composer Cyril Ornadel on Pickwick (1963), based on Charles Dickens' The Pickwick Papers, a successful vehicle for Harry Secombe. Later collaborators included Henry Mancini (Victor Victoria in 1982) and John Williams (Hook in 1991). As composer and lyricist he scored the notorious box office film flop, Doctor Dolittle (1967), for which he received an Academy Award for Best Original Song ("Talk to the Animals"), and the less-successful Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969).

Sammy Davis, Jr. had hits with two of Bricusse's songs, "What Kind of Fool Am I?" (from Stop the World - I Want to Get Off) and the No. 1 hit "The Candy Man" (from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory).(2) Other recording artists who have had popular success with his songs include Nina Simone ("Feeling Good"), Matt Monro and Frank Sinatra ("My Kind of Girl"), Shirley Bassey ("Goldfinger"), Harry Secombe ("If I Ruled the World"), Nancy Sinatra ("You Only Live Twice"), The Turtles ("A Guide for the Married Man"), Maureen McGovern ("Can You Read My Mind"), and Diana Krall ("When I Look in Your Eyes").(3) Bricusse partnered with George Tipton to write the opening theme of the US television series It's a Living.

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A Wonderful Day Like TodayMac HuffLeslie Bricusse / Leslie Bricusse and AnthoA Wonderful Day Like TodaySheet Music (2-Part)MORE DETAILSYes
A Wonderful Day Like TodayMac HuffLeslie Bricusse / Leslie Bricusse and AnthoA Wonderful Day Like TodaySheet Music (3-Part Mixed)MORE DETAILSYes
A Wonderful Day Like TodayNorman LeydenLeslie Bricusse / Leslie Bricusse and AnthoA Wonderful Day Like TodaySheet Music (SSA)MORE DETAILS 
Almost a Love SongLeslie Bricusse / Henry ManciniVarious ArrangersThe Contemporary Singing Actor - Duets EditionSongbookMORE DETAILS 
Feeling GoodAlan BillingsleyLeslie Bricusse / Leslie Bricusse and AnthoFeeling GoodSheet Music (SAB)MORE DETAILSYes
Feeling GoodAlan BillingsleyLeslie Bricusse / Leslie Bricusse and AnthoFeeling GoodSheet Music (SATB)MORE DETAILSYes
Feeling GoodAlan BillingsleyLeslie Bricusse / Leslie Bricusse and AnthoFeeling GoodSheet Music (TTB)MORE DETAILSYes
Gonna Build a MountainMac HuffLeslie Bricusse / Leslie Bricusse and AnthoGonna Build a MountainSheet Music (2-Part)MORE DETAILS 
Gonna Build a MountainNorman LeydenLeslie Bricusse / Leslie Bricusse and AnthoGonna Build a MountainSheet Music (SATB)MORE DETAILS 
Gonna Build A MountainNorman LeydenLeslie Bricusse / Leslie Bricusse and AnthoGonna Build A MountainSheet Music (SA)MORE DETAILS 
Gonna Build A MountainNorman LeydenLeslie Bricusse / Leslie Bricusse and AnthoGonna Build A MountainSheet Music (TTBB)MORE DETAILS 
Gonna Build A MountainNorman LeydenLeslie Bricusse / Leslie Bricusse and AnthoGonna Build A MountainSheet Music (SSA)MORE DETAILS 
In His EyeLeslie BricusseVarious ArrangersThe Contemporary Singing Actor - Women's Edition Vol. 1SongbookMORE DETAILS 
Nothing Can Stop Me Now!Mac HuffLeslie Bricusse / Leslie Bricusse and AnthoNothing Can Stop Me Now!Sheet Music (2-Part)MORE DETAILS 
Nothing Can Stop Me Now!Mac HuffLeslie Bricusse / Leslie Bricusse and AnthoNothing Can Stop Me Now!Sheet Music (SATB)MORE DETAILS 
Pure ImaginationJeremy LandigLeslie BricusseVarious ArrangersJazz/Pop Series Vol. 3Sheet Music (SSATB)MORE DETAILS 
Pure ImaginationYumiko MatsuokaLeslie BricusseYumiko MatsuokaCollection Volume 2Sheet Music (SATBB)MORE DETAILS 
Pure ImaginationAaron Dale and Dave BrinerAnthony Newley and Leslie BricusseGreat Northern Union ChorusIt's a Grand Night for Singing 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Pure ImaginationAudrey SnyderLeslie BricussePure ImaginationSheet Music (2-Part)MORE DETAILSYes
Pure ImaginationJay AlthouseLeslie BricussePure ImaginationSheet Music (SAB)MORE DETAILSYes
Pure ImaginationJay AlthouseLeslie BricussePure ImaginationSheet Music (TTBB)MORE DETAILSYes
Talk to the AnimalsLeslie BricusseVarious ComposersSinger's Library of Musical Theatre - Baritone / BassSongbookMORE DETAILS 
The Candy ManKirby ShawLeslie BricusseThe Candy ManSheet Music (2-Part)MORE DETAILS 
This Is The MomentLeslie BricusseBroadway FavoritesAudition Songs for Male SingersSongbook & CDMORE DETAILS 
What Kind Of Fool Am I?Leslie BricusseBroadway FavoritesAudition Songs for Male SingersSongbook & CDMORE DETAILS 


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