Anthony Newley is a songwriter from the UK whose best known for his Academy Award nominated (1963) original score for the dramatic musical production, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, with songs that have shaped popular culture such as “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man,” “Oompa Loompa,” and “(I’ve Got A) Golden Ticket”, penned alongside songwriting partner Leslie Bricusse.
Anthony Newley has etched his name in history as successful songwriter, singer, director, and actor -- with a career spanning over 50 years. As a songwriter, Newley’s "What Kind of Fool Am I?" won the 1963 Grammy Award for Song of the Year, and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1989. His works have been performed by the likes of Sammy Davis, Jr., Muse, Michael Bublé, and Nina Simone, among many others. As a recording artist, he enjoyed a dozen Top 40 entries on the UK Singles Chart between 1959 and 1962, including two number one hits. He is also well known for "Gonna Build a Mountain," "Once in a Lifetime," "On a Wonderful Day Like Today," "The Joker" and comic novelty songs such as "That Noise," and his versions of "Strawberry Fair" and "Pop Goes the Weasel".