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Also Known As: Lionel Begleiter Died: April 3, 1999
Born: August 1, 1930 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: lyricist, playwright, composer

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Lionel Bart brought his musical talents to a variety of films over the course of his Hollywood career. In 1956, he co-wrote the hit song "Rock with the Caveman," performed by Tommy Steele. In 1959, he was the lyricist for the hit "Lock Up Your Daughters." He wrote songs for Cliff Richard and Tommy Steele. In 1964, he had a modest London success with "Maggie May." Bart began his entertainment career with his music featured in films like the crime feature "Never Let Go" (1960) with Richard Todd. He followed this honor with songs in "Oliver!" (1968) with Ron Moody. He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for "From Russia With Love" in 1964. . In the sixties and the seventies, Bart's music continued to appear on the silver screen, including in films like the dramatic adaptation "Black Beauty" (1971) with Mark Lester and the Peter Sellers drama "The Optimists" (1973). Bart was most recently credited in the Ray Romano box office smash animated sequel "Ice Age: The Meltdown" (2006). In the eighties through the early 2000s, Bart lent his talents to projects like "The Alternative Miss World" (1980), "Evening at Pops (07/18/87)" (PBS, 1986-87) and "Brian Epstein" (1999-2000). His credits also expanded...

Lionel Bart brought his musical talents to a variety of films over the course of his Hollywood career. In 1956, he co-wrote the hit song "Rock with the Caveman," performed by Tommy Steele. In 1959, he was the lyricist for the hit "Lock Up Your Daughters." He wrote songs for Cliff Richard and Tommy Steele. In 1964, he had a modest London success with "Maggie May." Bart began his entertainment career with his music featured in films like the crime feature "Never Let Go" (1960) with Richard Todd. He followed this honor with songs in "Oliver!" (1968) with Ron Moody. He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for "From Russia With Love" in 1964. . In the sixties and the seventies, Bart's music continued to appear on the silver screen, including in films like the dramatic adaptation "Black Beauty" (1971) with Mark Lester and the Peter Sellers drama "The Optimists" (1973). Bart was most recently credited in the Ray Romano box office smash animated sequel "Ice Age: The Meltdown" (2006). In the eighties through the early 2000s, Bart lent his talents to projects like "The Alternative Miss World" (1980), "Evening at Pops (07/18/87)" (PBS, 1986-87) and "Brian Epstein" (1999-2000). His credits also expanded to "Confetti" with Martin Freeman (2006). Bart passed away in April 1999 at the age of 69.

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 Alternative Miss World, The (1980) Himself--Judge
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 Brian Epstein (1999) Interviewee
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Served in the Royal Air Force (RAF)
1956:
Co-wrote the hit song "Rock with the Caveman," performed by Tommy Steele
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Wrote songs for Cliff Richard and Tommy Steele
1959:
Debut as composer and lyricist with the revue "Fings Ain't Wot They Used t' Be"
1959:
Was the lyricist for the hit "Lock Up Your Daughters"
1960:
Breakthrough stage success, "Oliver!", a musical based on Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist"
1963:
Broadway debut with American production of "Oliver!"; won Tony Awards as Best Musical and for Best Score
1963:
Penned the title song for the James Bond film "From Russia With Love"
1964:
Had a modest London success with "Maggie May"
1964:
Scored the feature "The Man in the Middle"
1965:
Suffered the biggest failure of his career with the stage show "Twang!," based on the Robin Hood story
1968:
Carol Reed's film version of "Oliver!" proved a popular success; nominated for 11 Academy Awards, winning five including Best Musical and Best Director
1969:
Experienced a stage setback with the ill-fated musical "La Strada," based on Fellini's classic film
1971:
Wrote the music for the film adaptation of "Black Beauty"
1972:
Declared bankruptcy
1975:
Arrested for drunken driving; banned from operating an automobile
1980:
Appeared as himself as a judge at a beauty contest in "The Alternative Miss World"
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Notes

"Lionel was the father of the modern British musical." --Andrew Lloyd Webber on Bart's death, quoted in DAILY VARIETY, April 6, 1999

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