According to the January 21, 1961 issue of Melody Maker
, Apollo Music will publish "Little Soldier Say Goodnight" which was written by Lionel Bart and the pianist Russ Conway for Max Bygraves.
This was from a play Why The Chicken?
which was directed by Bart. It turned out to be less of a chicken than a turkey, and sank without trace, but Bart soon had a hit with Oliver!
at the same time, among others. Unfortunately he ended up blowing all his money on cocaine and extravagant living. He sold the rights of his hit show to Bygraves for £350, who resold them for a quarter of a million!