Norman Lumsden

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Norman Lumsden

British opera singer and actor add

Category: Music

Born in 1906.

Countries: United Kingdom (80%), United States (20%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Clint Eastwood, William Walton, Peter Pears

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Norman Lumsden was born in 1906 add something


His first radio broadcast was for the BBC in the 1930s, during which he sang Negro spirituals and Czechoslovak songs by Dvorak add something


He first came to prominence during the 1940s and 1950s in several operas by composer Benjamin Britten, often performing at Covent Garden and the Aldeburgh and Glyndebourne festivals add something


English Opera Group - Lumsden was an original member of the ensemble of the English Opera Group, founded by Britten and Peter Pears in 1947 add something


Lumsden took part in Britten's first 13 Aldeburgh Festivals between 1948 – 1960 add something


His wife was a soprano and during the 1950s they appeared in cabarets together, performing extracts from musicals at seaside resorts and London hotels add something


He was survived by his wife, Irene Palmer, a soprano, whom he married in 1952 add something


In 1952 Lumsden married Irene Palmer with whom he had one son add something


Aldeburgh Festival - In 1967 returned to the English Opera Group to create the role of Luka in William Walton's opera "The Bear" at the 1967 Aldeburgh Festival add something


After appearing in a commercial for cracker biscuits in 1970, Lumsden began to appear in small roles in TV dramas, including the BBC's Play for Today, "Edna, the Inebriate Woman" , "The Sweeney" , "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" , "Minder" , "Agatha Christie's Poirot" , "One Foot in the Grave" , "Jeeves and Wooster" , and "The Detectives" add something


He later began a television acting career during the 1970s appearing mostly in small roles in TV dramas add something


Lumsden embarked on a second career as a dramatic actor during the 1970s add something


He branched out into films during the 1980s, notably appearing in Clint Eastwood's 1990 film "White Hunter, Black Heart add something


He found fame late in life, through the Yellow Pages 1983 TV advert in which Lumsden played J.R. Hartley, a fictional character in search of an out of print book called "Fly Fishing" by 'J.R. Hartley' add something


" He is particularly remembered for his portrayal of J.R. Hartley in the 1983 Yellow Pages advert "Fly Fishing by J. R. Hartley", which Channel 4 has listed as the 13th greatest television advertisement of all time add something


He appeared with Clint Eastwood in the 1990 film "White Hunter, Black Heart" add something


In 2001 Lumsden contracted shingles and died from subsequent infection at the age of 95 add something

Norman Lumsden died in 2001 add something


The advert has left such a lasting impression, that it was reworked and remade for a new generation in 2011, 28 years later, this time featuring an elderly DJ looking for his only hit in old record shops, not finding any luck until his daughter gives him the Yellow Pages , with him finding the record add something