Noele first won a prize for singing aged 9 in 1929, she later became a popular West End performer which saw Frederick Loewe, upon seeing Noele’s performance in Brigadoon, jokingly offer to marry her – so impressed with how she interpreted his words.
Noele described herself as the UK’s ‘Ethel Murman’ and like Ethel was – in her own words – ‘more of a hollerer than a pop singer’ which suited large theatres and the kind of productions she took leading roles in.
However, she did also record several record releases and here is a list of some of those commercial recordings featuring Noele.
BIG BEN ALBUM
Lizbeth Webb, Noele Gordon, Trefor Jones and the cast perform the songs from the musical. 1946. (album)
ON THE TOWN ALBUM
Noele with Lionel Blair, Rita Williams, Stella Tanner, Shane Rimmer and Geoff Love’s orchestra made a studio recording of On The Town in 1949. (album)
BOOGIE FOR NOELE
Written for Noele by Jerry Allen and Lesley Raymond. It featured as Noele’s signature tune in early ATV shows such as Musical Cheers, Lunchbox and Tea with Noele Gordon.
Noele sang a version with lyrics on the final-ever edition of Lunchbox in 1964. 1957. (single)
Lyrics written by Reg Watson and Jerry Allen, one of the greeting songs written for Lunchbox along with ‘Have a Happy’. (1959)
Noele Gordon and the Jerry Allen Trio perform popular songs from the TV series. 1963. (album)
TO MY DAUGHTER / DREAM CONCERTO
Noele Gordon speaks this poem to the orchestral sounds of Werner Tautz. 1974. (single)
CROSSROADS WEDDING ALBUM
Noele Gordon, John Bentley, Larry Grayson, Jane Rossington, Ronald Allen and the cast perform wedding-themed songs. 1975. (album)
NOELE GORDON SINGS
This album, produced at the EMI Abbey Road studios saw Noele sing in front of a live studio audience who also joined in with her towards the end of the song. The music was conducted by Geoff Love. 1976. (album) *A sleeve misprint has this as released in 1967 in error.
AFTER ALL THESE YEARS / GOODBYE
A double A-side release to mark Noele’s departure from Crossroads, again this production was recorded at the EMI Abbey Road Studios. 1981. (single)