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Amis, John Preston (1922–2013), music critic and broadcaster, was born on 17 June 1922 in a nursing home at 80 Thurlow Park Road, Dulwich, London, the younger child of James Preston Amis (1886–1980) and his wife, Florence Mary, née Weight (1890–1963). At the time of his birth registration the family lived at ...

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Budden, Julian Medforth (1924–2007), musicologist and radio producer, was born on 9 April 1924 at Brynmor, The Promenade, Hoylake, Cheshire, the only son of Lionel Bailey Budden (1887–1956), lecturer in, and later professor of, architecture at Liverpool University, and his wife, Dora Magdalene, ...

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Connor, Edric Esclus (1913–1968), actor and singer, was born on 2 August 1913 in the village of Mayaro, Trinidad, the son of Edwin Connor, shoemaker and small farmer. At sixteen he won a scholarship from the Trinidad government railway to study engineering at the ...

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Edric Esclus Connor (1913–1968) by unknown photographer collection of Stephen Bourne

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Cooper, Joseph Elliott Needham (1912–2001), musician and broadcaster, was born on 7 October 1912, at Southdene, Southfield Road, Westbury-on-Trym, near Bristol, the youngest of the three children of Wilfrid Needham Cooper, manager of the Westbury branch of the National Provincial Bank, and his wife, ...

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Joseph Elliott Needham Cooper (1912–2001) by unknown photographer, 1953 The Times / NI Syndication

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Cotton, William Edward [Billy] (1899–1969), bandleader and radio and television broadcaster, was born on 27 May 1899 at 31 New Tothill Street, Westminster, London, the youngest of the ten children of Joseph Cotton, a water turncock, and his wife, Susan Harmer. He was educated at ...

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William Edward Cotton (1899–1969) by Yousuf Karsh Karsh / Camera Press, London

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Sir John Richard Gray Drummond (1934–2006) by unknown photographer, 1984 © BBC

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Drummond, Sir John Richard Gray (1934–2006), television producer, broadcaster, and music administrator, was born on 25 November 1934 at 64 Holland Park, London, the only child of Archibald Richard George Drummond, a tone-deaf Scottish master mariner, and his wife, Esther Wynne, née Pickering...

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Fox, Charles Richard Jeremy (1921–1991), writer on jazz and radio broadcaster, was born on 7 April 1921 at 4 Clarence Buildings, Weymouth, Dorset, the son of Harold Fox, at the time an electrician with HMS Gibraltar, and his wife, Martha Mary Warren. The family moved to ...

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Geldray, Max (1916–2004), harmonica player, was born Max Leon van Gelder in Amsterdam on 12 February 1916, the first child of Leon van Gelder, commercial traveller, and his wife, Margarite, née Baillosterky. His father was a hard-working perfume salesman for a Spanish company, but political upheavals caused his earnings to fluctuate wildly. The young ...

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Bernard Green (1927–1998) by Doug McKenzie, c. 1990 Getty Images – Doug McKenzie

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Green, Bernard [Benny] (1927–1998), jazz saxophonist, writer, and broadcaster, was born at 260 Meanwood Road, Leeds, on 9 December 1927. His father, David Green, was a tailor and saxophonist and had met his mother, Fanny Fryer, while he was playing with a band in ...

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Hubert Robert Harry Gregg (1914–2004) by Baron, 1953 © Getty Images

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Gregg, Hubert Robert Harry (1914–2004), songwriter, actor, and broadcaster, was born on 19 July 1914 at 42 Norfolk Road, Islington, London, the second son of Robert Joseph Gregg (1871/2–1957), an auxiliary postman, and his second wife, Alice Maud Garner, née Bessant (1877–1956). His father, who was serving in ...

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Henry Robert Hall (1898–1989) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hall, Henry Robert (1898–1989), dance-bandleader and radio broadcaster, was born on 2 May 1898 at 23 Bonar Road, Peckham, London, the eldest son in the family of three sons and three daughters of Henry Robert Hall, blacksmith, and his wife, Kate Ellen Smith...

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Handley, Thomas Reginald [Tommy] (1892–1949), comedian, was born on 17 January 1892 at 13 Threlfall Street, Toxteth Park, Liverpool, the son of John Handley, a cow keeper, and his wife, Sarah Ann Pearson. Tommy Handley's father, who probably ran a dairy business, died while ...

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Hopkins, (Ernest William) Antony (1921–2014), composer, conductor, and broadcaster, was born Ernest William Anthony Reynolds on 21 March 1921 at 13 Gardenia Road, Bush Hill Park, Edmonton, London, the third of four children of (Reginald) Hugh Reynolds (1891–1925) and his wife, ...