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Half a Sixpence

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David Heneker (31 March 1906 – 30 January 2001) was a writer and composer of British popular music and musicals, best known for creating the music and lyrics for Half a Sixpence. After collaborating again with Norman on Make Me An Offer in 1959, Heneker saw his greatest West End triumphs with the full score to the Tommy Steele vehicle Half a Sixpence (1963) and a collaboration with John Taylor on Charlie Girl (1965).
Half a Sixpence is a musical comedy based on the 1905 novel Kipps by H. G. Wells, with music and lyrics by David Heneker and book by Beverley Cross.

William Heneker

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Heneker was born in Southsea, England, in March 1906, the eldest son of the Canadian-born Lieutenant Colonel William Heneker, a notable military strategist and tactician, who would later serve with distinction in World War I, rising to the rank of General.
David Heneker was a composer and lyricist of Charlie Girl.

The Thing-Ummy Bob

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Among his compositions was the Gracie Fields wartime hit "The Thing-Ummy Bob".
"The Thing-Ummy Bob" is a 1942 song which was written by Gordon Thompson and David Heneker which celebrates the production line worker of World War II making components for complex weapons to win the war.

Expresso Bongo

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In 1958, the writer Wolf Mankowitz invited Heneker to work with him and Monty Norman on the score of Expresso Bongo, and, from that point on, Heneker turned his talents to the musical theatre, producing a series of West End hit shows.
Its book was written by Wolf Mankowitz and Julian More, with music by David Heneker and Monty Norman, also the co-lyricist with Julian More.

Irma La Douce (musical)

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The same year, he contributed the English lyrics to the 1956 Marguerite Monnot French musical Irma La Douce.
The English lyrics and book (1958) are by Julian More, David Heneker and Monty Norman.

Tony Award for Best Musical

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The show transferred to Broadway two years later and was nominated for a Tony Award. Half a Sixpence gave him his second Broadway success, this time earning two Tony Award nominations, for Best Musical and Best Original Score, while Charlie Girl enjoyed a five-year West End run.

The Biograph Girl

Jorrocks (1966) and Popkiss (1972) were less successful, but he returned to form in his mid-seventies with the charming The Biograph Girl in 1980, collaborating on this occasion with Warner Brown.
The Biograph Girl is a musical with a book by Warner Brown, lyrics by Brown and David Heneker, and music by Heneker.

Tony Award for Best Original Score

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Half a Sixpence gave him his second Broadway success, this time earning two Tony Award nominations, for Best Musical and Best Original Score, while Charlie Girl enjoyed a five-year West End run.

Charlie Girl

After collaborating again with Norman on Make Me An Offer in 1959, Heneker saw his greatest West End triumphs with the full score to the Tommy Steele vehicle Half a Sixpence (1963) and a collaboration with John Taylor on Charlie Girl (1965).

Lyrics

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David Heneker (31 March 1906 – 30 January 2001) was a writer and composer of British popular music and musicals, best known for creating the music and lyrics for Half a Sixpence.

Southsea

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Heneker was born in Southsea, England, in March 1906, the eldest son of the Canadian-born Lieutenant Colonel William Heneker, a notable military strategist and tactician, who would later serve with distinction in World War I, rising to the rank of General.

Lieutenant colonel

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Heneker was born in Southsea, England, in March 1906, the eldest son of the Canadian-born Lieutenant Colonel William Heneker, a notable military strategist and tactician, who would later serve with distinction in World War I, rising to the rank of General.

World War I

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Heneker was born in Southsea, England, in March 1906, the eldest son of the Canadian-born Lieutenant Colonel William Heneker, a notable military strategist and tactician, who would later serve with distinction in World War I, rising to the rank of General.

Wellington School, Somerset

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Educated at Wellington and Sandhurst, Heneker followed his father into a military career.

Royal Military College, Sandhurst

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Educated at Wellington and Sandhurst, Heneker followed his father into a military career.

British Army

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He served as a cavalry officer in the British Army from 1925 to 1937, and again in the War Office from 1939 to 1948, attaining the rank of Brigadier.

War Office

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He served as a cavalry officer in the British Army from 1925 to 1937, and again in the War Office from 1939 to 1948, attaining the rank of Brigadier.

Brigadier

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He served as a cavalry officer in the British Army from 1925 to 1937, and again in the War Office from 1939 to 1948, attaining the rank of Brigadier.

Noël Coward

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He became drawn to a second career in music after becoming familiar with the score of Noël Coward's Bitter Sweet while recuperating from a riding accident in 1934.

Bitter Sweet

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He became drawn to a second career in music after becoming familiar with the score of Noël Coward's Bitter Sweet while recuperating from a riding accident in 1934.

Merle Oberon

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His first published song was performed by Merle Oberon in the film The Broken Melody.

The Broken Melody (1934 film)

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His first published song was performed by Merle Oberon in the film The Broken Melody.

Gracie Fields

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Among his compositions was the Gracie Fields wartime hit "The Thing-Ummy Bob".

Lounge music

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After resigning his commission in 1948, he became a lounge singer at the Embassy Club, while continuing his songwriting.

Wolf Mankowitz

In 1958, the writer Wolf Mankowitz invited Heneker to work with him and Monty Norman on the score of Expresso Bongo, and, from that point on, Heneker turned his talents to the musical theatre, producing a series of West End hit shows.