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Gray, Dolores (1924–2002), singer and actress, was born on 7 June 1924 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Her father, who never really featured in her life, left her mother, Barbara, in 1926, and died some five years later. Barbara, a classic stage mother, believed her daughter was destined for stardom, and when the marriage broke up took ...

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Hall [married name Hall-Hicks], Adelaide Louise Estelle (1901–1993), jazz and cabaret singer, was born on 20 October 1901 in Brooklyn, New York, the elder daughter of William Arthur Hall, a piano and singing teacher at the Pratt Institute, New York, of African-American and Dutch descent, and his wife, ...

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Adelaide Louise Estelle Hall (1901–1993) by Walery, c. 1930 Getty Images – Walery

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Hutchinson, Leslie Arthur Julien [performing name Hutch] (1900–1969), cabaret entertainer, was born on 7 March 1900 on the Caribbean island of Grenada, the son of George Hutchinson and Marianne Simm Turnbull; he was of mixed African, Caribbean, Indian, Scottish, and French ancestry. His father, a local businessman (a hatter and dry-goods merchant), played the organ in church, and ...

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Leslie Arthur Julien Hutchinson [Hutch] (1900–1969) by Paul Tanqueray © Estate of Paul Tanqueray; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mercer, Mabel [real name Mabel Wadham] (1900–1984), cabaret singer, was born on 3 February 1900 at 30 James Street, Burton upon Trent, the daughter of Emily Mabel Wadham (b. 1879), variety artiste, who was the daughter of the painter Benjamin Braffet Wadham...

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Mabel Mercer (1900–1984) by unknown photographer photograph Michael Ochs Archives / Redferns