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Brown, Errol Ainsworth Glenstor (1943–2015), singer and songwriter, was born on 12 November 1943 in Kingston, Jamaica. The result of a teenage pregnancy, he barely knew his police officer father, Ivan Brown, from whom his mother Edna (d. 1963), a secretary, had become estranged shortly after his birth. Desperate to rescue her son from a cultural backdrop of poverty and gang violence, ...

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Browne, George Edric (1920–2007), singer, songwriter, and actor, was born Edric Browne on 4 May 1920 in Corbeau Town, Port of Spain, Trinidad, the only son and youngest of three children of Ernest Browne, a government printer, and his wife, Frances, née Noriega...

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Coborn, Charles [real name Colin Whitton McCallum] (1852–1945), music-hall entertainer and songwriter, was born Colin Whitton McCallum on 4 August 1852 at 25 Sydney Square, Mile End, London, the son of Colin McCallum (1799–1872), shipbroker and freeman of the City of London...

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Curtis, Ian Kevin (1956–1980), musician, was the only son and eldest child of Kevin Curtis, a detective officer in the Transport Commission police, and his wife, Doreen, née Hughes. He was born on 15 July 1956 in the Memorial Hospital, Old Trafford, Manchester...

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Dacres, Desmond Adolphus [known as Desmond Dekker] (1941–2006), singer and songwriter, was born on 16 July 1941 in St Andrew, on the outskirts of Kingston, Jamaica. Little is known about his childhood except that after his mother's early death his father, desiring a proper education for his son, sent him to live with relatives in the quiet country town of ...

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de Paul, Lynsey [real name Lynsey Monckton Rubin] (1948–2014), songwriter, singer, and pianist, was born on 11 June 1948 at Nuffield House, Southwark, London, the younger child of Herbert Paul Rubin (1912–1988), property developer, and his wife Meta, née...

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Fury, Billy [real name Ronald Wycherley] (1940–1983), singer and songwriter, was born on 17 April 1940 at the Smithdown Road Infirmary, 126 Smithdown Road, Sefton, Liverpool, the elder son of Albert Edward Wycherley, a shoe repairer, and his wife, Sarah Jane (known as Jean), ...

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Gibb, Maurice Ernest (1949–2003), musician, was born on 22 December 1949 in Douglas, Isle of Man, the younger twin and third of the four sons of Hugh Leslie (Hughie) Gibb (1916–1992), a Manchester-based ballroom bandleader, and his wife, the singer Barbara May, ...

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Harrison, George (1943–2001), musician and composer, was born on 25 February 1943 at 12 Arnold Grove, Wavertree, Liverpool, the youngest among the four children of Harold Hargreaves Harrison (d. 1978) and his wife, Louise, née French. His father was a former Cunard...

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Hendrix, James Marshall [Jimi] (1942–1970), rock musician and songwriter, was born on 27 November 1942 at the King County Hospital (which became the Harborview Medical Center), Seattle, Washington, USA, the first child of James Allen Hendrix (b. 1919), landscape gardener, and his first wife, ...

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Lennon, John Ono (1940–1980), musician, composer, and political activist, was born John Winston Lennon at Oxford Street Maternity Hospital, Liverpool, on 9 October 1940, the only child of Julia Stanley (1914–1958), a cinema usherette, and Alfred (Freddy) Lennon (1912–1976), a merchant seaman. Three half-sisters were born to his mother subsequently, including ...

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Mercury, Freddie [formerly Faroukh Bulsara] (1946–1991), singer and song-writer, was born at the Government Hospital in Zanzibar on 5 September 1946, the eldest son of Bomi Bulsara, civil servant, and his wife, Jer. His parents were both from Bombay and were Zoroastrians. At five he was enrolled at the local missionary school, and his sister, ...

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Palmer, Robert Allen (1949–2003), singer and songwriter, was born on 19 January 1949 at the maternity hospital in Batley, Yorkshire, the son of Charles Leslie Palmer, a naval engineer, and his wife, Annie, née Lockwood. He was brought up from 1950 in Malta...

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Strummer, Joe [real name John Graham Mellor] (1952–2002), rock musician and songwriter, was born on 21 August 1952 in Ankara, Turkey, the younger son of Ronald Ralph Mellor (1916–1984), a clerical officer in the diplomatic service, and his wife, Anna, formerly Girvan, ...

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Thackray, John Philip [Jake] (1938–2002), singer and songwriter, was born on 27 February 1938 at the maternity hospital, Leeds, Yorkshire, the son of Ernest Thackray, police constable, and his wife, Ivy May, née Armitage, both of 2 Park View Terrace, Rawdon, Leeds. Educated at a Jesuit school, ...

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Trent, Jackie (real name Yvonne Anne Burgess) (1940–2015), singer and songwriter, was born at Belvedere, Talke Road, Chesterton, Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, on 6 September 1940, the third of five children (four girls, one boy) of Leslie Burgess (1896–1958), coalminer, and his wife, ...

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Williamson, Roy Murdoch Buchanan (1936–1990), musician and songwriter, was born at 4 Royal Circus, in Edinburgh's New Town, on 25 June 1936, the younger of the two sons of Archibald Moir Macrae Williamson (1899–1944), advocate, and his wife, (Agnes) Ethel Stewart Cumming (...

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Winehouse, Amy Jade (1983–2011), singer and songwriter, was born on 14 September 1983 at Chase Farm Hospital, Enfield, the younger child of Jewish parents, Mitchell (Mitch) Winehouse (b. 1950), an extroverted taxi driver, and his American-born wife, Janis Holly, née Seaton, a studious pharmacist's laboratory technician. Her brother, ...