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Blades, James (1901–1999), percussionist and author, was born on 9 September 1901 at 166 Star Road, Peterborough, the eldest among the four sons and one daughter of Thomas Weston Blades (1879–1953), journeyman tailor, and his wife, Catherine Close (d. 1921). Jimmy Blades...

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Burstow, Henry (1826–1916), singer and bell-ringer, was born on 11 December 1826 at 34 The Bishopric, Horsham, Sussex, the second youngest of nine children. His father, William (b. 1781), and mother, Ellen (d. 1857) made clay tobacco pipes; their home, in the poorest and roughest part of ...

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Mitchell, John [Mitch] (1947–2008), drummer, was born on 9 July 1947 in Ealing, London, the son of Jack and Phyllis (Phyl) Mitchell. His parents enrolled him in drama school at the age of ten. He first entered show business as a teenage actor in children's television films such as ...

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Moon, Keith John (1946–1978), musician, was born in Central Middlesex County Hospital, Willesden, on 23 August 1946, the eldest child and only son of Alfred Charles Moon (d. 1974), a motor mechanic, and his wife, Kathleen Winifred, née Hopley. Moon had two sisters, ...

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Phillips, Harold Adolphus [known as Lord Woodbine] (1929–2000), calypsonian and music promoter, was born on 15 January 1929 in Laventille, Trinidad, the fifth of the seven children of James Phillips, a Venezuelan-born butcher, and his wife, Edna, who was originally from Grenada...