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Click to enlargeNoel Gay (15 July 1898 – 4 March 1954) was born Reginald Moxon Armitage in Outwood, near Wakefield.

He also used the name Stanley Hill professionally.

Noel Gay was one of the most successful British composers of popular music of the 1930s and 1940s.

He was educated at Wakefield's Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (QEGS), the Royal College of Music, and Christ's College, Cambridge. He went on to become the director of music and organist at St. Anne's Church in Soho. As a teenager, he was a chorister at Wakefield Cathedral.

He was a successful British composer of popular music of the 1930s and 1940s whose output comprised 45 songs as well as the music for 28 films and 26 London shows.

The stage name Noel Gay was apparently derived from an advertisement that he saw on a London bus in 1924: 'NOEL Coward and Maisie GAY in a new revue'. His pseudonym of Stanley Hill was used from time to time.

Sources include Wikipedia and Noel Gay.

Click to enlarge.The King's Horses (and the King's Men)

This song was used in the Laurel and Hardy film THE MUSIC BOX.
THE KING'S HORSES, a fox trot song, was London's reigning musical sensation in late 1930 and 1931.

It was further popularized by character actor James Barton in Billy Rose's revue entitled Sweet and Low.

Beginning with the chorus, which corresponds to the portion of the melody used in the film, the lyrics are:

The King's Horses! The King's Men!
March down the street and then march back again.
The King's Horses, and the King's Men!

They're in scarlet, they're gold,
All dollied up, it's a joy to behold.
The King's Horses, and the King's Men!

They're not out to fight the foe,
You might think so, But Oh! Dear no!
They're out because they've got to go
To put a little pep Into the Lord Mayor's show.

It's their duty, now and then,
To march down the street, and to march back again.
The King's Horses, and the King's Men!

Source: Laurel and Hardy - The Official Website.

■ "A Word to Parents from Horatio Nicolls" - an advertisement for 'The Wright Piano Tutor' on the back of the music booklet picture above..

Click to enlarge.Letting in the Sunshine
This is the theme song from the picture,
a 1933 British comedy directed by Lupino Lane.
The production company was British International Pictures (BIP).
It featured Albert Burden (elsewhere, spelled with an 'o': Burdon) and Renée Gadd.
It was based on a story by Anthony Asquith. Lyrics and music by Noel Gay.

"Letting in the Sunshine" (Sam Browne, 1933), on YouTube.


Click to enlarge.Round the Marble Arch.
Written and composed by Ralph Butler and Noel Gay.

Visit BBC Music to listen to this song.

Click to enlarge.The Mayflower.
By Dorothy Day and Noel Gay.

Click to enlarge.Love Makes the World Go Round.
Words and Music by Noel Gay. Featured by the Blue Barron and His Orchestra.

More about the Blue Barron on Wikipedia and the Big Band Library.

Click to enlarge.My Thanks to You.
Words by Norman Newell, music by Noel Gay. Featured and broadcast by Donald Peers.

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