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Michael Crawford

Most popular to theater audiences from his title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's version of The Phantom of the Opera, Michael Crawford was in fact a star of the British stage and screen for almost two decades before that. Born in Wiltshire, England, in 1942, he began singing in the school choir and, while still a teenager, changed his name from Dumble-Smith to the more charismatic Crawford and began working in radio, television, and film. After first stepping on the London stage in the early '60s, Crawford's first regular television series was the BBC's 1960s show Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life; he appeared in several films as well (The War Lover, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and a starring turn in How I Won the War, which also featured John Lennon). Crawford moved to New York in 1967, and appeared in several small plays before Gene Kelly recruited him to star in the film version of Hello, Dolly! with Barbra Streisand. Other films proved less successful, and Crawford returned to England in the early '70s, winning an award for his role in the sitcom Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em.

Alternating between television series and award-winning roles in theater during the '70s, Michael Crawford broke out with his title role in the musical Barnum, which earned him several awards and proved a smash hit. He toured with the show during the early '80s, and Barnum's popularity was the decisive factor in Andrew Lloyd Webber's casting of him opposite Sarah Brightman in The Phantom of the Opera in 1986. The musical earned him immense critical praise, a Tony Award, and a hit single, "The Music of the Night," which reached the British Top Ten. Signed to Atlantic that same year, Crawford released Songs from the Stage & Screen, recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra. After touring with The Phantom of the Opera across Great Britain, North America, and Australia, Crawford recorded his second album, With Love, and set out on the road once more with a production of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, recorded as his third full-length release. A Touch of Music in the Night followed in 1993, and two years later Michael Crawford mounted EFX, a $40 million production set at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, featuring Crawford playing five different parts. In the spring of 1998 Michael Crawford released On Eagle's Wings, a collection of spiritual songs; Live in Concert followed later that same year, and in 1999 he released In the Moon of Wintertime: Christmas with Michael Crawford. ~ John Bush
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Selected Discography

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Track List: In Concert (Live)

1. Overture (Live)

2. Gethsemane (I Only Want To Say) (Live)

3. Introduction (Live)

5. Tonight (Live)

6. Dialogue: Gene Kelly (Live)

7. Before The Parade Passes By (Live)

9. Love Changes Everything (Live)

11. Dialogue: Phantom (Live)

13. The Music Of The Night (Live)

14. Not Too Far From Here (Live)

15. On Eagle's Wings (Live)

16. Playoff (Live)

18. Papa, Can You Hear Me? (Live)

19. Finale (Live)

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Track List: On Eagle's Wings

1. Spirit Of The Living God

2. Panis Angelicus

3. Amazing Grace

4. On Eagle's Wings

5. Joseph's Lullaby

6. I'll Walk With God

7. Not Too Far From Here

8. Eternal Love

9. The Holy City

10. Ave Maria

11. Now The Day Is Over

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Track List: Michael Crawford Performs Andrew Lloyd Webber

1. Any Dream Will Do

2. All I Ask Of You

3. Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again

4. And The Money Kept Rolling In (And Out)

5. Nothing Like You've Ever Known

6. Tell Me On A Sunday

7. Gethsemane

8. The Phantom Of The Opera

9. The Music Of The Night

10. Memory

11. Only You

12. Other Pleasures / The First Man You Remember

13. Love Changes Everything

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Track List: With Love

2. What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?

4. Every Time We Say Goodbye

5. The Story Of My Life

6. Being Alive

7. When I Fall In Love

8. If

10. Why Did I Choose You?

11. Come Rain Or Come Shine

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Absolutely love this song All I asked of you
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Awesome singer love you
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He is/was? Such a good singer! I love his songs and I love phantom of the opera!!! :) follow me if you love it too! #operaisawes o m e
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DONT READ THIS OR YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE . NOW YOU'VE STARTED READING THIS IS FREAKY BUT IF YOU STOP READING THIS YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK . PUT THIS ON 15 SONGS . WHEN YOU ARE DONE PRESS SPACE BAR ANDYOUR CRUSHES NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIGGEST LETTERS THIS IS FREAKY IT ACTUALLY WORKS
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dragonlady60 8 8
Amazing Michael
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He could also do Javert… that'd be cool
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Not shore why he never got casted for the part of John valjohn
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I'v literaly NEVER got tired of lisening to him sing!����
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He's such a GRAET singer
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To have had the opportunity to see and Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman in the Phantom of the opera was a Blessing
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Absolutely love the Phantom Of The Opera
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Absolutely Love this song All I Ask Of You
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Absolutely love All I Ask Of You... From the Phantom of the opera
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Love this song...
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Absolutely love this song The Phantom of The Opera...
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Love this song
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Love Michael Crawford
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M.C. Is great!! But to imagine him in a Hell's Kitchen gang is really hard!!!
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Baretraxs your grammar is very very Bad I can understand what are you saying sometimes. No Offense Sorry.
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I totally agree with Joy Michelle on this
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Kiss your left hand
Say your crushes name
Close your hand (left one)
Pick a school day
Your crush will ask you out that day
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I love Michael Crawford How he sing the Phantom Of The Opera
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I have the CD of the Phantom Of The Opera I can listen to it everyday.
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Never get tired of listening to Phantom! ❤️
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This guy has a really good voice!
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Love it so much!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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e.c.walker46
Love this guy!
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e.c.walker46
I have the 1986 Phantom cassette tape and I listen to it once a week!!!!
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I Listen to the songs every day!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! , ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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gypsyme3
Agree !! Great rendition
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maggiekksb
All I Ask Of You.....Mich a e l Crawford. Beautifully done
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I soo understand we he was chosen to be the phantom #original :3
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susanneaperr y 6
Love it!!!!!
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jsdna7
Love all Phantom Of The Opera music
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My first Phantom Michael Crawford even surprised himself when his career went to musical instead of comedy. Love him both ways. :))
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Did he change he to she? This is eponin's song. Ya ok figured it out
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Need to.hear more
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I love his voice, and I can totally see why he was chosen to be the phantom XD
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dragonlady60 8 8
My fave
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Pick a color
Post this on 5 songs
Look under your pillow
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One of my fav songs! And he sings it exquisitely!
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dragonlady60 8 8
My fave. Opera and Michael xoxoxoxo
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THIS...is the gentleman who brought PHANTOM alive for me
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citygalestcs t
I had a chance to see Phantom of the Opera in New York City with friends but personal issues kept me from attending. They said he was great, Michael as the phantom; what a strong voice he has...
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This song is better;
Night time sharpens
Heightens each sensation
Darkness stirs and wakes imagination
Silently the senses abandon their defenses

Slowly, gently night unfurls its splendor
Grasp it, sense it, tremulous and tender
Turn you face away from the garish light of day
Turn your thoughts away from cold unfeeling light
And listen to the music of the night
Close your eyes and surrender to your darkest dreams
Purge your thoughts of the life you knew before

Close your eyes let your spirit
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His voice is so mystical and enchanting.. . I love it! He takes me on a musical adventure every time he sings! I just listened to him sing 'I Dreamed A Dream'...he still sang 'men' because women is two syllables! XD That made me laugh quite a bit! :-s
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dragonlady60 8 8
i love michael best phantom ever!"!
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cindixkeane
Michael Crawford is pitch-perfec t and an artist I can listen to forever.
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I LOVE THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA OML THIS SONG REMINDS ME THAT I WAS ABUSED BY MY DADDY
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Phantom was the first musical I'd ever heard as a baby and Michael Crawford's voice is so stunning! I love this so much!
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