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Black, Cilla [real name Priscilla White] (1943–2015), singer and television presenter, was born on 27 May 1943 at 380 Scotland Road, Liverpool, the daughter of John Patrick White (1904–1971), dock labourer, and his wife, Priscilla, née Blythen (1911–1996...

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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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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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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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Cutler, Ivor (1923–2006), humorist and singer, was born Isadore Cutler on 15 January 1923 at 3 Ralston Drive, Govan, Glasgow, the second son and third of five children of Jack Morris Cutler, draper and jeweller, and his wife, Paulina (Polly), née Goldberg. Both his parents were Jewish, and had arrived in ...

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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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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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Doonican, Michael Valentine (Val) (1927–2015), singer, was born at 10 Passage Road, Waterford, Ireland, on 3 February 1927, the youngest of eight children of John Doonican, iron and steel worker, and his wife Agnes, née Kavanagh. He enjoyed a good relationship with his father. The latter’s life was blighted by a drink problem, yet it was cancer which saw him die when ...

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Driver, Betty Mary (1920–2011), singer and actress, was born on 20 May 1920 at the nursing home at 11 Prebend Street, Leicester, the elder daughter of Frederick Andrew Driver (1895–1970), police constable, and his wife, Nellie, née Bridgeford (1898–1954). At the time of her birth registration her parents lived at ...

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Faith, Adam (1940–2003), singer and actor, was born Terence Nelhams Wright on 23 June 1940 at 4 Churchfield Road East, Acton, London, the third of five children of Alfred Richard (Alf) Wright (later Nelhams), coach driver, and Ellen May (Nell) Nelhams, cleaner. He was brought up on a council estate in ...

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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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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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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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Hilton, Ronnie [real name Adrian Hill] (1926–2001), singer, was born Adrian Hill on 28 January 1926 at 65 North Road, Kingston upon Hull, east Yorkshire, the sixth child of John William Hill, an able seaman in the merchant navy and later an aircraft worker, and his wife, ...

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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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Kirby, Kathy (1938–2011), singer, was born Catherine Ethel O'Rourke on 20 October 1938 at 73 Ilfracombe Gardens, Chadwell Heath, Essex, the elder daughter and eldest of three children of John Francis O'Rourke (b. 1906), a builder's clerk who left the family when ...

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Kirkwood, Patricia [Pat] (1921–2007), actress and singer, was born on 24 February 1921 at 6 Seedley Terrace, Pendleton, Salford, Lancashire, the elder child and only daughter of William Kirkwood, a shipping clerk of Scottish descent, and his wife, Norah, née Carr. Her mother had theatrical ambitions for ...

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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 ...