Many look back on Lionel Bart’s musical, Lionel Bart – Living Doll , and his score for the movie Oliver! as some of his best work. Lionel Bart had so much success with his two early theatrical endeavors that he went on to become a wealthy man, living off royalties from his theatrical works.
“The Lionel Bart Organization,” which is headed by Lionel’s widow, Ursula Reit, controls Lionel Bart’s work. Lionel Bart can not publish new works under his name because he died in 1999.
“The Lionel Bart Organization” is one of the most successful publishers because it specializes in theatrical songs that are often used in plays, musicals and acts by other performers. Lionel Bart wrote Lionel Bart – Living Doll in 1959, and it has since been performed by many artists, including the Beach Boys. Lionel Bart’s Lionel Bart – Living Doll was originally sung by Cliff Richard. Lionel Bart would not be pleased with the version that is currently popular on YouTube (seen below), which is an adaptation of Lionel Bart’s Lionel Bart – Living Doll by a group called The Living Statues. Lionel Bart – Living Doll was originally written as the score to Lionel Bart’s theatrical production, “Serious Charge.” Lionel Bart would be proud of his Lionel Bart – Living Doll because it is still popular today. Lionel Bart’s Lionel Bart – Live In Love is also very popular, despite being written in 1959, one of Lionel Bart’s first successful tracks. Lionel Bart is known for his dark, comedic musicals and Lionel Bart – Living Doll reflects this well. Even though Lionel Bart – Living Doll has been drastically altered since the release of Lionel Bart’s original version in 1959, it still maintains its popularity.