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Arne, Thomas Augustine (1710–1778), composer and musical performer, was born in King Street, Covent Garden, London, on 12 March 1710, the son of Thomas Arne (bap. 1682, d. 1736) [see under Arne family], upholsterer and undertaker, and his second wife, Anne, ...

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Blow, John (1648?–1708), musician and composer, was baptized at St Mary Magdalene, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, on 23 February 1649. The record of his doctorate at Lambeth Palace confirms the identification; the age on his marriage allegation suggests that he was born in 1648. He was the second of three children of ...

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Bolan, Marc [real name Mark Feld] (1947–1977), musician and poet, was born on 30 September 1947 in Hackney, London, the second child of Simeon Feld, cosmetics salesman (1920–1991), and his wife, Phyllis Winifred, née Atkins (1927–1991). The energy of 1950s rock'n'roll captivated the young ...

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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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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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Donegan, Anthony James [Lonnie] (1931–2002), singer, was born on 29 April 1931 in Glasgow, the son of a Scot, Peter John Donegan, violinist, and his Irish wife, Mary Josephine, née Deighan. Although his father played with the Royal National Scottish Orchestra, he did not encourage his son's musical abilities as he regarded his own employment as precarious. Seeking more regular employment, the family moved to ...

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Gates, Bernard (1686–1773), musician, was born on 23 April 1686 at The Hague, Netherlands, the second son of Bernard Gates (d. 1718?) and his wife, Maria (d. 1725?). His father accompanied William III to England in 1688 and subsequently served as page of the presence to ...

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Graham, David Michael Gordon [Davey], [Davy] (1940–2008), guitarist and singer, was born on 26 November 1940 at Bosworth Park Infirmary, Market Bosworth, Leicestershire, the son of James McLeod (Hamish or Seamus) Graham, accountant and Gaelic scholar, and Winifred Mary Gordon Woolford (1916–1989). His father was born on ...

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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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Hunt, Arabella (1662–1705), singer and musician, was born on 27 February 1662 and baptized on 14 March in the parish of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, the only surviving child of Richard Hunt, gentleman and landowner, and his wife, Elizabeth, whose maiden name was probably ...

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Jones, (Lewis) Brian Hopkin (1942–1969), musician, was born on 28 February 1942 at the Park Nursing Home, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, the eldest of the three children of Lewis Blount Jones, an aircraft designer, and his wife, Louisa Beatrice, née Simmonds, a piano teacher. He was a member of the original ...

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Olive Baldwin and Thelma Wilson

Knyvett, Charles (1752–1822), musician and singer, was born on 11 February 1752 in the parish of St Margaret's, Westminster, the son of Charles Knyvett (1710–1782) and his wife, Jane, née Jordan (1714–1785). Educated at Westminster School from 1762, he was a boy chorister at ...

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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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Lynott, Philip Parris [Phil] (1949–1986), singer and guitarist, was born at Hallam Hospital, West Bromwich, Birmingham, on 20 August 1949, the illegitimate son of a black Brazilian father, Cecil Parris (to whom he subsequently dedicated his 1974 book of poetry, Songs for while I'm Away...

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Norris, Thomas (bap. 1742, d. 1790), singer and organist, was baptized at St Michael's, Mere, Wiltshire, on 15 August 1742, the son of John Norris. A chorister at Salisbury Cathedral from 1752 under John Stephens, he sang as Master Norris in concerts at ...

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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...

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Reinhold, Frederick Charles (1741–1815), singer and organist, was born in London on 11 February 1741 and baptized that day at St Anne's, Soho, Westminster, one of four children of the singer Henry Theodore Reinhold (c. 1690–1751) and his wife, Sarah. He was a chorister at ...

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Smith, John Stafford (bap. 1750, d. 1836), musician and musical antiquary, was baptized in Gloucester Cathedral on 30 March 1750, the son of Martin Smith (c.1715–1786), organist of Gloucester Cathedral from 1739 to 1781, and Agrilla Smith, née Stafford. Smith was first taught music by his father, who in 1761 sent him to ...

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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, ...