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Albani [married name Gye], Dame Emma [née Marie Louise Cécile Emma Lajeunesse] (1847–1930), singer, was born on 1 November 1847 at Chambly, Quebec, Canada, one of three surviving children of Joseph Lajeunesse, organist, and his wife, Mélina Mignault (d. 1856)...

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Allan, (Maria Caterina) Rosalbina Caradori- [Carradori-] (1800–1865), singer, was born in Milan. Her father, Baron de Munck, was an Alsatian and a colonel in the French army. Her mother, whose maiden name, Carradori, she adopted (and always so spelt in Italy), came from ...

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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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Bowlly, Albert Alick [Al] (1899–1941), singer, was born on 7 January 1899 in Delagoa Bay, Portuguese East Africa, the fourth of the ten children of Alick Pauli (1867–1927), a general dealer, and his Lebanese wife, Miriam (Mary) Ayoub-NeeJame (1874–1949). The couple married in ...

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Chevalier, Albert Onésime Britannicus Gwathveoyd Louis (1861–1923), comedian and actor, was born on 21 March 1861 at 21 St Ann's Villas, Royal Crescent, Notting Hill, London, the eldest son of Jean Onésime Chevalier, language teacher, and his wife, Ellen Louisa Mathews; his name at birth was registered simply as ...

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Cibber [née Arne], Susannah Maria (1714–1766), actress and singer, was born on 14 February 1714 at 34 King Street, Covent Garden, London, the fourth child of the eight children of Thomas Arne (bap. 1682, d. 1736) [see under Arne family], an upholsterer and undertaker, and his wife, ...

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Cuzzoni [married name Sandoni], Francesca (1696–1778), singer, was born in Parma on 2 April 1696, the daughter of Angelo Cuzzoni, a professional violinist, and Marina Castelli. She was taught by Francesco Lanzi and made her operatic début at Parma in 1714. She sang in ...

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Formby, George [real name George Hoy Booth] (1904–1961), music-hall entertainer and actor, was born at 3 Westminster Street, Wigan, Lancashire, on 26 May 1904, the eldest of the seven surviving children (four girls and three boys) of James Lawler Booth (1875–1922), music-hall entertainer, and his wife, ...

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Grisi, Giulia (1810?–1869), singer, was born in Milan, probably on 22 May 1810, the daughter of Gaetano Grisi, a surveyor officer in Napoleon's army, and his wife, Giovanna Grassini. Her aunt and sister were famous opera singers. After convent schooling at Gorizia...

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Holloway, Stanley Augustus (1890–1982), actor and singer, was born on 1 October 1890 at 30 Wentworth Road, Manor Park, London, the younger child and only son of George Augustus Holloway, a law clerk, and his wife, Florence Bell. His family was fairly prosperous and he attended the ...

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Judge, John Thomas [Jack] (1872–1938), music hall entertainer and composer, was born at 18 Low Town, Oldbury, Worcestershire, on 3 December 1872, the eldest son of John Judge (1849–1888), ironworker, and his wife, Mary, née McGuire (1853–1922). His father, from Carrowbeg, co. Mayo...

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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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McCormack, John Francis (1884–1945), singer, was born on 14 June 1884 in the Bawn, Mardyke Street, Athlone, co. Westmeath, Ireland, the second son and fifth of the eleven children (five of whom died in infancy or childhood) of Andrew McCormack, a foreman at the ...

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Mercer, Mabel [real name Mabel Wadham] (1900–1984), cabaret singer, was born on 3 February 1900 at 30 James Street, Burton upon Trent, the daughter of Emily Mabel Wadham (b. 1879), variety artiste, who was the daughter of the painter Benjamin Braffet Wadham...

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Novello, Clara Anastasia [married name Countess Clara Anastasia Gigliucci] (1818–1908), singer, was born on 10 June 1818 at 240 Oxford Street, London, the fourth daughter of the music publisher Vincent Novello (1781–1861) and his wife, Mary Sabilla Hehl (1789–1854). Clara revealed musical talent at an early age. Her first official music lessons were at ...

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Patti, Adelina (1843–1919), singer, was born at Fuencarral 6, Madrid, on 19 February 1843, the last child of Caterina Barili-Patti (d. 1870) and Salvatore Patti (1800–1869), Italian singers with, between them, eight musical children including Carlotta Patti. She was trained chiefly by her stepbrother ...

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Patti [married name de Munck], Carlotta (1835–1889), singer, born at Florence on 30 October 1835, was the daughter of Salvatore Patti (1800–1869), a tenor, and his wife, Caterina Barili-Patti, née Chiesa (d. 1870), a soprano. Eight years senior to her more famous sister, ...

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Roberts, Aldwyn [performing name Lord Kitchener] (1922–2000), calypso singer and musician, was born on 18 April 1922 on Farfan Street, Arima, Trinidad, one of the six children of Stephen Roberts (d. c.1936), blacksmith, also known as Mr Pamp, and his wife, ...

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Robinson, Anastasia [married name Anastasia Mordaunt, countess of Peterborough and Monmouth] (d. 1755), singer, was the daughter of Thomas Robinson (d. in or after 1723), a portrait painter who studied in Italy before his marriage. Her mother died when she and her sister ...

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Santley, Sir Charles (1834–1922), singer, was born in Liverpool on 28 February 1834, the elder son of William Santley, an official of the city corporation, an organist and woodwind player, and a teacher of piano and singing, and his wife, Margaret, née Fletcher...