It is sad to report the death of Liz on the 17th January. A personal sadness as I was proud to have been asked to write the album note for the double CD of her recordings over the years (My Lovely Day with Lizbeth Webb LWCD01). It was a wonderful opportunity to chat and reminisce about her wonderful career and meet a true Lady (in both meanings of the word) who had a glittering career and a loving family. My first meeting with Liz was at her son’s apartment in Chelsea where she was staying for at that time (she then lived in Cheltenham). She was quite beautiful and seemed ageless. She was a gifted singer who Ivor Novello wrote songs for in Gay’s the Word and C B Cochran produced shows around. She was given the title of the champagne soprano and that really sums her up – the voice was unique and glorious.
Later as she was aging gracefully she decided to move back to London close to Gloucester Road – there we worked on a reissue of the BBC recording of Bless the Bride (Sepia 1124). And there was another opportunity to chat about the career. When Gay’s the Word Bayview Classics CS01) was revived at the Finborough I did an audio interview with her specifically about the show and that can be listened to on this site.
The revival of the Finborough production of Gay’s the Word at the Jermyn Street Theatre will now become a tribute to this wonderful actress.