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Bowman [née Bradford], Laura (1881–1957), musical entertainer, was born in Quincy, Illinois, USA, on 3 October 1881, the daughter of Charles Bradford (c.1850–c.1915), bartender, and his wife, Lois Adelaide, née Yeates (c.1850–1912). After being taken by her aunt for an education in ...

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Beryl Audrey Bryden (1920–1998) by David Redfern, 1990 photograph David Redfern / Redferns

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Bryden, Beryl Audrey (1920–1998), jazz singer and washboard player, was born on 11 May 1920 at 17 Rowington Road, Norwich, Norfolk, the only child of Amos Wilfred Bertram Bryden, a commercial traveller, and his wife, Elsie Maud Tyler Reeves Jones. She was educated at ...

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Cann, Rita Evelyn [performing name Rita Lawrence] (1911–2001), pianist and singer, was born on 24 January 1911 at Heathfield, Box Ridge Avenue, Beddington, Surrey, the elder daughter and eldest of three children of Albert Sam Cann (1871–1930×34), an import–export merchant, and his wife, ...

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Rita Evelyn Cann (1911–2001) by Val Wilmer, 1990 photograph © Val Wilmer

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Collins, Dorothy Ann [Dolly] (1933–1995), folk musician, was born on 6 March 1933 at Fernbank Nursing Home, Old London Road, Hastings, the elder of the two daughters of (Leonard) George Collins (1910–c.1970), a milk roundsman, and his wife, Dorothy Florence Ball (...

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Dorothy Ann Collins (1933–1995) by Brian Shuel, 1966 [right, with her sister Shirley Collins] Collections / Brian Shuel

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Maxine Daniels (1930–2003) by Peter Symes, 1987 © Peter Symes

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Daniels, Maxine [real name Gladys Daniels; née Gladys Lynch] (1930–2003), singer, was born at 3 Raine Street, Stepney, London, on 2 November 1930, the ninth of thirteen children of Oscar Lynch (1882/3–1970), a seaman who served in the merchant navy during the First World War and who was known after 1932 as ...

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Eaton, Gertrude (1863–1940), musician, suffragist, and international penal reformer, was born at Brynmor, Swansea, on 6 December 1863, the sixth child and fifth daughter of Robert Eaton of Bryn-y-mor, gentleman and justice of the peace for county of Glamorgan, and his wife, Helen Edith, ...

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Fisher, Ray Galbraith (1940–2011), folk singer, songwriter, and guitarist, was born on 26 November 1940 at Redlands Hospital, Glasgow, the second of six daughters and third of seven children of John Fisher, a retired police inspector, and his wife, Marion (Morag), née Macdonald (1917–2008)...

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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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See White, Lucy Anna

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Killen, Louisa Jo [formerly Louis Joseph Killen] (1934–2013), singer, musician, and composer, was born on 10 January 1934 at 44 Faraday Grove, Gateshead, the child of Francis Killen, public assistance clerk, later social welfare officer, and his wife, Mary Margaret, née Nolan...

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MacAskill [née MacIver], Isabella Margaret [Ishbel] [Iseabail NicAsgaill] (1941–2011), Gaelic singer, was born near Edinburgh on 14 March 1941. On 16 February 1942 she was adopted by Allan MacIver, a weaver then serving as an able seaman with the Royal Naval Reserve...

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MacLeod, Catherine [Kitty] [Ceit NicLeòid] (1914–2000), Gaelic singer, was born on 4 September 1914 at Kasauli, near Simla, India, the elder daughter and eldest of three children of Kenneth MacLeod (Coinneach NicLeòid, d. 1937), soldier, formerly of Eorrabaidh, Lewis, and his wife, Anna, ...

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Overd, Emma (1838–1928), folk-singer, was born on 10 October 1838 at Port Field, a hamlet near Langport, Somerset, the fourth child and third daughter of Charles Weaver (c.1807–1871×81), an agricultural labourer, and his wife, Elizabeth Suttiett. Her mother died in 1846 and the children were brought up by ...

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Robertson, Christina Jane [née Regina Christina Stewart; performing name Jeannie Robertson] (1908–1975), folk-singer, was born on 17 April 1908 at March Lane, Jack's Brae, Aberdeen, the daughter of Donald Stewart (b. c.1870), a pedlar, and his wife, Maria Stewart (...

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Stewart, Sheila (1935–2014), folk singer, storyteller, and author, was born on 7 July 1935 at the Angus Hotel, Tannage Street, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, into a Scottish Traveller family, the daughter of Alexander (Alec, or Sandy) Stewart (1904–1980), farm labourer, and his wife, ...