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Aitken, Laurel [real name Oliver Anthony Stephens] (1925–2005), singer, songwriter, and record producer, was born on 22 April 1925, in Jamaica, one of six children of a Jamaican father and a Cuban mother. His early years were spent in Havana, Cuba, but the family moved to ...

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Bicknell, James David (1906–1988), record producer, was born on 1 September 1906 at 42 St John's Wood Road, London, the son of Gilbert Elhannan Bicknell, stockbroker, and his wife, Florence Ferrier Ross. He was educated in the high Anglican tradition of Marlborough College...

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Brown, Alexander [Sandy] (1929–1975), bandleader and acoustic architect, was born on 25 February 1929 in Izatnagar, near Bareilly in India, the second son of John Brown, a railway engineer who died about 1936, and his wife, Minnie Henderson (d. 1975). His parents were Scottish and Presbyterian, although ...

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Clark, Alfred Corning (1873–1950), record and electrical goods manufacturer, was born in New York, USA, on 19 December 1873, the elder son of Walter Lowry Clark, a chocolate manufacturer, and his wife, Mary Rowe. His parents' families were both of English extraction and his background was distinctly patrician—his great-uncle had been a ...

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Culshaw, John Royds (1924–1980), record producer and television executive, was born on 28 May 1924 at 47 Lethbridge Road, Southport, Lancashire, one of at least two children of Percy Ellis Culshaw, banker's clerk, and his wife, Dorothy Royds. He attended first the Merchant Taylors' School...

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Gaisberg, Frederick William (1873–1951), recording engineer and record company executive, was born on 1 January 1873 in Washington, DC, the second of four children of Wilhelm Gaisberg and his wife, Emma, née Klenk. His father was the son of German émigrés and worked at the ...

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Gillett, Charles Thomas [Charlie] (1942–2010), disc jockey and musicologist, was born on 20 February 1942 at 429 Marine Road, Morecambe, Lancashire, the elder son and second of three children of Anthony Walter Gillett (1912–1992), mechanical engineer and managing director of a light engineering firm, and his wife, ...

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Krahmer, Carlo [real name William Max Geserick Krahmer] (1914–1976), jazz drummer and record producer, was born on 11 March 1914 at 22 Cropley Street, Shoreditch, London, the son of William Henry Charles Krahmer, hairdresser's assistant, and his wife, Phoebe Murrell. He suffered from defective vision from birth and taught himself to play the drums. He subsequently received tuition from ...

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Lambert, Christopher Sebastian [Kit] (1935–1981), popular music manager and producer, was born on 11 May 1935 at 7 Mills Buildings, Knightsbridge, London, the son of Constant Leonard Lambert (1905–1951), composer and critic, and his wife, Florence Chuter, who gave her name as F. Kaye...

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Legge, (Harry) Walter (1906–1979), impresario and record producer, was born in Keith Grove, Ravenscourt Park, London, on 1 June 1906, the son (there was to be a younger sister) of Harry Legge (b. 1871) and his wife, Florence (b. 1871). His father was a successful tailor, and ...