Obit of the Day: Willy Wonka’s “Candy Man”
The 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, opens in a candy store as children rush the counter to purchase their favorite Wonka bar. In his red and white stripes and bow tie, Aubrey Woods then breaks into song introducing “The Candy Man” to the world.
(The song was written for the film by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. A year later it was recorded by Sammy Davis, Jr. and it reached number one in the U.S. It became closely associated with Mr. Davis who was sometimes called “Candy Man.”)
Mr. Woods was well-known in England for his stage performances, including replacing Ron Moody as Fagin in the original musical production of Oliver!. He would spend much of his early career on stage in various productions working alongside luminaries such as John Gielgud and Paul Scofield.
Doctor Who fans will recognize Mr. Woods for his performance as The Controller in Day of the Daleks a four-episode series from 1972.
Aubrey Woods, who last appeared on stage in a 1991 revival of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as Jacob and Potiphar, died on May 7, 2013 at the age of 85.
Sources: The Guardian, IMDB.com, Wikipedia
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