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Arden, Don [real name Harry Levy] (1926–2007), rock music manager and promoter, was born on 4 January 1926 at 123 Crescent Road, Crumpsall, Manchester, the son of Lazarus Levy, a machinist in a factory making waterproof garments, and his wife, Sarah (Sally), ...

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Don Arden (1926–2007) by unknown photographer, 1968 Evening News / Rex Features

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Aspinall, Neil Stanley (1941–2008), music executive, was born at Chatsworth House, Prestatyn, Flintshire, on 13 October 1941, the son of Stanley Arthur Aspinall, a dock labourer then serving as a petty officer in the Royal Navy, and his wife, Ivy, née Shaw. His mother had been evacuated to ...

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Neil Stanley Aspinall (1941–2008) by Bernard Gotfryd, 1964 [front centre, standing in for George Harrison at a rehearsal for The Ed Sullivan Show] Getty Images

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Berger, Francesco (1834–1933), music administrator, was born in London on 10 June 1834, the son of a Bavarian mother and a naturalized Italian father, a merchant from Trieste. He studied music in Trieste with Luigi Ricci and Aegidius Karl Lickl, then went to ...

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Bing, Sir Rudolf Franz Joseph (1902–1997), opera manager, was born in Vienna on 9 January 1902, the son of Ernst Hoenigsvald Bing, head of the Austro-Hungarian Steel and Iron Trust, and his wife, Stefanie. The youngest of four children, he left school at the age of sixteen. He trained his attractive light baritone voice, but did not consider becoming a professional. In 1919 he obtained a job with the Viennese booksellers ...

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Sir Rudolf Franz Joseph Bing (1902–1997) by Lotte Meitner-Graf © Lotte Meitner-Graf

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Bowley, Robert Kanzow (1813–1870), music administrator, was born on 13 May 1813, the son of a bootmaker at Charing Cross. He initially learned his father's trade. At an early age he joined the Benevolent Society of Musical Amateurs, and later became its conductor. He was a member of the committee of the amateur musical festival held at ...

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Caplat, Moran Victor Hingston (1916–2003), actor and opera administrator, was born on 1 October 1916 at Tantallon, Alma Road, Herne Bay, Kent, the only child of (Armand Charles Victor) Roger Caplat, later known as Roger Victor Caplat, or Roger Armand Charles Caplat, architect, and his wife, ...

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Christie, Sir George William Langham (1934–2014), arts administrator, was born on 31 December 1934 at Glyndebourne, near Lewes, Sussex, the only son and younger child of John Christie (1882–1962), founder of Glyndebourne Opera, and his wife, (Grace) Audrey Laura St John-Mildmay...