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Stanley Black (1913–2002) by unknown photographer, 1958 © Empics

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Black, Stanley (1913–2002), bandleader, pianist, and composer, was born in the London Hospital, Whitechapel, London, on 14 June 1913, the son of Lewis Schwartz, shoe dealer, and his wife, Sophia, formerly Diamond. He began taking piano lessons at the age of seven, and went on to study at the ...

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Joshua Alexander Loss (1909–1990) by unknown photographer, 1950 Getty Images

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Loss, Joshua Alexander [Joe] (1909–1990), bandleader, was born on 22 June 1909 in Spitalfields, London, the youngest of the family of two sons and two daughters of Israel Loss, of Russian origin, a cabinet-maker who had an office furnishing business, and his wife, ...

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Roy, Harry [real name Harris Litman] (1900–1971), bandleader and clarinettist, was born at 26 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, east London, on 12 January 1900, one of at least two sons of Solomon Litman, then a master bootmaker, and his wife, Eva Okin. He changed his name by deed poll in his teens when first trying to make his way in the musical world. He was attracted to music as a boy and found his first great inspiration in the music of the ...