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Feather, Leonard Geoffrey (1914–1994), jazz writer and promoter, was born on 13 September 1914 at Fannat Villa, Teignmouth Road, Brondesbury, Middlesex, the son of Nathaniel Feather, who owned a chain of clothing stores, and his wife, Felicia, née Zelinski. He was brought up in a strictly conformist upper-middle-class Jewish family, studying classical piano and clarinet from an early age while secretly enjoying an addiction to popular music. About the age of fifteen he came across ...

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Keller, Hans Heinrich (1919–1985), broadcaster and writer on music, was born at Nusswaldgasse 13, Döbling, Vienna, Austria, on 11 March 1919, the son of the architect Fritz Keller (d. 1939) and his wife, Grete Grotte (1883–1959); he had one half-sister, Gertrud Franey (...

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Hans Heinrich Keller (1919–1985) by George Newson, 1984 © George Newson; National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mar, Norman René Del (1919–1994), conductor and writer on music, was born on 31 July 1919 at 12 Kidderpore Gardens, London, the youngest of the three sons of Max Levi (1876–1963), a brush manufacturer, and his wife, Vera, née Del Mar (1891–1964). Max...

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Norman René Del Mar (1919–1994) by Derek Allen, 1954 © Derek Allen; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Rosenthal, Harold David (1917–1987), music critic, was born at 67 Knights Hill, West Norwood, London, on 30 September 1917, the son of Israel Victor Rosenthal, schoolmaster, and his wife, Leah Samuel. After attending the City of London School, he went on to University College, London...

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Sadie, Stanley John (1930–2005), musicologist and music critic, was born on 30 October 1930 at 57 Forty Avenue, Wembley, the only son of David Sadie, a silk manufacturer's agent, and his wife, Deborah, née Simons; he had one older sister. He was of Jewish descent. He was educated at ...