The 6th Ivor Novello Awards were presented by WE Butlin MBE and the Songwriters Guild of Great Britain.  They were broadcast on BBC Television on 20th May 1961.

Introduced by David Jacobs the broadcast starred Max Bygraves, Georgia Brown, Matt Monro, Craig Douglas, Bert Weedon, Paddy Roberts, Max Harris and Douglas Gamley. Eric Robinson conducted the orchestra which was led by David McCallum.

The Best Selling and Most Performed Song of the Year

Apache
Written by Jerry Lordan
Published by Francis, Day & Hunter

As Long As He Needs Me – WINNER
Written by Lionel Bart
Published by Lakeview Music

The Most Outstanding Song of the Year, Musically and Lyrically

As Long As He Needs Me
Written by Lionel Bart
Published by Lakeview Music

Portrait Of My Love – WINNER
Written by Norman Newell and Cyril Ornadel
Published by Kassner Music

The Year’s Outstanding Light Orchestral Composition

Seashore – WINNER
Written by Robert Farnon
Published by Chappell

The Willow Waltz
Written by Cyril Watters
Published by Hawkes

The Year’s Outstanding Composition in Jazz or Beat Idiom

Apache – WINNER
Written by Jerry Lordan
Published by Francis, Day & Hunter

Hit and Miss
Written by John Barry
Published by Mills Music

The Year’s Outstanding Contribution to the Score of a Stage Play, Film, TV Programme or Radio Production

Oliver – WINNER
Written by Lionel Bart
Published by Lakeview Music

The Gurney Slade Theme
Written by Max Harris
Published by Robbins

(Judges’ Choice) Any work which in the opinion of the Judges, is worthy of an Award, but which may not necessarily be governed by Existing Categories

Goodness Gracious Me – WINNER
Written by Herbert Kretzmer and David Lee
Published by Essex Music

The Belle of Barking Creek
Written by Paddy Roberts
Published by Essex Music

Outstanding Personal Services to British Popular Music

Eric Maschwitz

Special Award

What Do You Want If You Don’t Want Money?
Written by Johnny Worth
Published by Mills Music


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