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George Anthony Newley (born on September 24, 1931 in the London Borough of Hackney; died on April 14, 1999) was an English actor, singer and songwriter. A graduate of the Italia Conti Academy stage school, his first major film role was as the Artful Dodger in David Lean's 1948 rendition of Oliver Twist, the classic Charles Dickens tome.

Newley had a successful pop music career, with two number one hits in 1960: "Why?"…

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  • “Pop Goes the Weasel,” released as a single that reached the Top 20, a performance that also brought out his theatricality and sense of humor. (It was tracks like this that became a major influence on [artist]David Bowie[/artist] when he came to record his first album for Deram Records six years later.) >> reviewed by William Ruhlmann at Allmusic
  • yeah the resemblance is uncanny :)
  • so david bowie totally got his vocal inspiration from anthony newley. no joke. just look at bowie's self titled album. i had a right laugh when i realized this.
  • The Candy Man Can.

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