The 18th Ivor Novello Awards took place at the Music Publishers Association Lunch at the Connaught Rooms, London on 3rd May 1973.

The awards were presented by the Songwriters Guild of Great Britain and the statuettes were donated by the Performing Right Society.

Outstanding Services to British Music

Vivian Ellis

British Songwriter of the Year

Gilbert O’Sullivan

The Most Performed Work of the Year

Beg Steal or Borrow
Written by Tony Cole, Graeme Hall and Steve Wolfe
Published by Valley Music

The ‘A’ Side of the Record Issued in 1972 Which Achieved the Highest Certified British Sales

Mouldy Old Dough
Written by Nigel Fletcher and Rob Woodward
Released and Published in the UK by Decca Records and Campbell Connelly & Co Ltd

The Best Song Musically and Lyrically

Without You
Written by Tom Evans and Peter Ham
Published by Apple Publishing Ltd

The Best Song and/or Theme or Score from any Film or Theatrical Production

Diamonds Are Forever
Written by John Barry and Don Black
Published by United Artists Music

The Best Song and/or Theme from any Radio or Television Programme

Written by Robert Farnon
Published by Leeds Music

The Best Ballad or Romantic Song

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Written by Ewan MacColl
Published by Harmony Music Ltd

The Best Pop Song

Oh Babe What Could I Say
Written by Hurricane Smith
Published by Chappell & Co Ltd

The Best Novel or Unusual Song

The People Tree
Written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
Published by Peter Maurice Music

The International Hit of the Year by British Writers

Without You
Written by Tom Evans and Pete Ham
Published by Apple Publishing Ltd

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