During the s he appeared in many British radio programmes, and for a time appeared as Cyril in Floggits starring Elsie and Doris Waters. However, it was probably the film Idol on Parade that most changed his career direction. In the film, he played a rock singer called up for national service; the story was somewhat inspired by Elvis Presley having recently been drafted for army service in the United States. Newley's successful pop music career as a vocalist began in May with the song "I've Waited So Long", a number 3 hit in the UK charts thanks to the exposure it received as being featured in the film Idol on Parade.
This was quickly followed by his number 6 hit " Personality " and then two number 1 hits in early " Why " originally a US hit for Frankie Avalon and " Do You Mind? A comedy series of six half-hour programmes, it develops from an unusual premise: in the opening scene, Newley's character escapes from a television programme which is Gurney Slade itself.
The series was quickly moved from a peak-time slot. His compositions have been recorded by artists as diverse as Harry Connick, Jr. During the s he also added his greatest accomplishments on the London West End theatre and Broadway theatre stage, in Hollywood films and British and American television.
A hit in London and on Broadway,  it was made into a film version in ,  in which Newley was unable to star owing to a schedule conflict. When he collaborated with Bricusse 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 devised their arrangements. In , Newley had a hit comedy album called Fool Britannia! Newley's contributions to Christmas music are highlighted by his rendition of the " Coventry Carol " which appears on many anthologies.
He also wrote and recorded a novelty Christmas song called "Santa Claus is Elvis". There is also a notorious album of spoken poetry, the sleeve of which displays Newley and a young model, both nude.
Newley played Matthew Mugg in the original Doctor Dolittle a difficult experience in part because of the hostility he endured from the lead actor, Rex Harrison  and he also played the repressed English businessman opposite Sandy Dennis in the original Sweet November.
His last feature role, in the cast of the long-running British TV soap opera EastEnders , was to have been a regular role, but Newley had to withdraw after a few months when his health began to fail. However, he later had a number 12 hit on the Adult Contemporary charts in with "Teach the Children". In the s he remained active, particularly as a Las Vegas and Catskills Borscht Belt resort performer, game show panelist such as on Hollywood Squares and talk show guest, but his career had begun to flounder.
He had taken risks that eventually led to his downfall in Hollywood. Throughout the s and s he worked to achieve a comeback. The production co-starred a then unknown Suzie Plakson , whom Newley had discovered.
The tour yielded her some strong notices and led to a steady career on stage and television. In , he was also featured as the Mad Hatter in Irwin Allen 's all-star television adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. In his later years as a mature singer Newley recorded songs from Fiddler on the Roof and Scrooge.
He enjoyed his final popular success onstage when he starred in the latter musical which showed in London and toured British cities including Liverpool , Birmingham , Bristol and Manchester , in the s. He died of renal cancer at the age of 67, soon after he had become a grandfather. In recognition of his creative skills and body of work, Newley was elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in His first marriage, to Ann Lynn from to , ended in divorce. A son, Simon, was born to them but died in infancy from a congenital infirmity.
He then was married to the actress Joan Collins from to Tara became a broadcaster in Britain and Sacha is a renowned portrait artist based in New York City and represented by four paintings in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington. Newley's third wife was former air hostess Dareth Rich, and they also had two children, Shelby and Christopher. Newley's stepfather, Ronald Gardner, wound up in Beverly Hills working as a chauffeur but soon ran off with another woman.
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