Ellis, who was awarded the CBE in 1990, began his musical career as a concert pianist. From 1929 he composed several successful musicals including Bless The Bride, recently revived at Sadler's Wells in London. He also wrote novels, humorous books and works for children. In 1973 and 1983 he received special Novello Awards for "outstanding services" to British music.
Composer Vivian Ellis, who wrote the hit song "Spread A Little Happiness" died yesterday, after a short illness, aged 92. He is best known for the song, which was revived by Sting for the 1982 film version of Dennis Potter's Brimstone and Treacle.