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Albani [married name Gye], Dame Emma [née Marie Louise Cécile Emma Lajeunesse] (1847–1930), singer, was born on 1 November 1847 at Chambly, Quebec, Canada, one of three surviving children of Joseph Lajeunesse, organist, and his wife, Mélina Mignault (d. 1856)...

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Allan, (Maria Caterina) Rosalbina Caradori- [Carradori-] (1800–1865), singer, was born in Milan. Her father, Baron de Munck, was an Alsatian and a colonel in the French army. Her mother, whose maiden name, Carradori, she adopted (and always so spelt in Italy), came from ...

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Baddeley [née Snow], Sophia (1745?–1786), actress and singer, was born, according to her friend and biographer Elizabeth Steele, in the parish of St Margaret, Westminster, in 1745, the daughter of the trumpeter Valentine Snow (d. 1770). Her baptism is not recorded in the register of ...

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Baillie, Dame Isobel [real name Isabella Douglas Baillie] (1895–1983), singer, was born on 9 March 1895 at 2 Princes Street, Wilton, in the border town of Hawick, Roxburghshire, Scotland, the youngest in a family of a son and three daughters of Martin Pott Baillie...

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Bannister [née Harper], Elizabeth (1757–1849), actress and singer, was, according to the encomium in the Thespian Magazine (1793), the daughter of a Mrs Harpur, 'now a mantua-maker [dressmaker] at Bath', who, having made a marriage disapproved of by her family, educated her daughter perforce 'to her business' (...

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Roger Philip Mellor

Beverley, Joy (1924–2015), singer, was born Joycelyn Victoria Barbara Chinery at 160 Devons Road, Bromley by Bow, London, on 4 May 1924, the eldest daughter of George Arthur Chinery (1894–1962) and his wife, Victoria Alice, née Miles (1897–1989), variety artists billed as ...

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Billington [née Weichsel], Elizabeth (1765–1818), singer, was born in Litchfield Street, Soho, London, on 27 December 1765, the first of the three children of Carl Friedrich Weichsel (1728–1811) and his wife, Fredericka Weirman (d. 1786). Weichsel, a native of Freiburg, Saxony...

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W. B. Squire

revised by J. Gilliland

Bishop [née Riviere], Anna (1810–1884), singer, was the daughter of Daniel Valentine Riviere (1780–1854), a drawing master of Huguenot descent, and his wife, Henrietta Thunder. William Riviere, Robert Riviere and Henry Parsons Riviere. were her brothers. She was born in London on 9 January 1810, and as a child she studied the piano with ...

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Black, Cilla [real name Priscilla White] (1943–2015), singer and television presenter, was born on 27 May 1943 at 380 Scotland Road, Liverpool, the daughter of John Patrick White (1904–1971), dock labourer, and his wife, Priscilla, née Blythen (1911–1996...

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W. B. Squire

revised by John Warrack

Bland [née Romanzini], Maria Theresa (1769–1838), singer, was born of Italian-Jewish parents named Romanzini, who settled in London soon after her birth. In the spring of 1773 she was engaged at Hughes's Riding School, performing as Romanzini. She sang in the children's company at the opening of the ...

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Bracegirdle, Anne (bap. 1671, d. 1748), actress and singer, was born in Northamptonshire, the third surviving daughter of Martha, née Furniss, and Justinian Bracegirdle, 'Coachman, Coachmaker or Letter-out of Coaches', according to her admirer Anthony Aston (Aston, 8). Family wills reveal that surviving siblings were named ...

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Broadwood, Lucy Etheldred (1858–1929), musician and folk-song collector, was born on 9 August 1858 at Pavilion House, Melrose, Scotland, the youngest of the eleven children of Henry Fowler Broadwood (1811–1893), piano manufacturer, and his wife, Juliana Maria, née Birch (1816–1898). She was the great-granddaughter of ...

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Butt, Dame Clara Ellen (1872–1936), singer, was born on 1 February 1872 at 4 Adur Terrace, Southwick, Sussex, the eldest daughter and eldest surviving child of Henry Butt, a captain in the mercantile marine, and his wife, Clara Hook, great-granddaughter of Theodore Hook...

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Cargill [née Brown], Ann (c. 1760–1784), singer and actress, was the daughter of Edward Brown, a London coal merchant. She made her début as a child, singing Titania in George Colman's The Fairy Prince, with music by Arne (Covent Garden, 12 November 1771), and then played Sally, the naughty little sister, in ...

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Olive Baldwin and Thelma Wilson

Catley, Ann (1745–1789), singer and actress, was born in an alley off Tower Hill, London, the daughter of a washerwoman and a hackney coachman, Robert Catley. According to The Life and Memoirs of the Late Miss Ann Catley (1789–90) she was a pretty and sexually precocious girl who earned money singing at public houses and to officers at the ...

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Cibber [née Arne], Susannah Maria (1714–1766), actress and singer, was born on 14 February 1714 at 34 King Street, Covent Garden, London, the fourth child of the eight children of Thomas Arne (bap. 1682, d. 1736) [see under Arne family], an upholsterer and undertaker, and his wife, ...

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Cogan, Alma Angela Cohen (1932–1966), singer, was born on 19 May 1932 in Whitechapel, east London, the second of the three children of Mark Cohen Cogan (formerly Kogin; 1902–1952), a costumier, and Fanny Cogan (née Carp). Mark Cogan had been born in ...

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Collins, Josephine [José] (1887–1958), actress and singer, was born on 23 May 1887 in Whitechapel, London, the illegitimate daughter of Joseph Van den Berg, a professor of music, and Charlotte Louisa (Lottie) Collins (1865–1910), an actress, singer, and dancer. Lottie Collins was a flamboyantly successful music-hall artist who popularized the song ...

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Collins [married names Cooney, Tate], Charlotte Louisa [Lottie] (1865–1910), music-hall entertainer, was born on 16 August 1865 at 50 Richard Street, St George-in-the-East, London, the daughter of William Alfred Collins, wood-turner, and his wife, Charlotte, née Atkinson. Her father was also a ‘blackface minstrel’, and at the age of eleven ...

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Cuzzoni [married name Sandoni], Francesca (1696–1778), singer, was born in Parma on 2 April 1696, the daughter of Angelo Cuzzoni, a professional violinist, and Marina Castelli. She was taught by Francesco Lanzi and made her operatic début at Parma in 1714. She sang in ...