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Audain, Ida Augusta (1854?–1932), harpist, was born around 1854 in Kingstown, St Vincent, the daughter of a merchant, John Audain, later a member of the Executive and Legislative Councils of St Vincent and owner of the Richmond Hill estate, and his black wife, ...

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Barbirolli, Sir John [formerly Giovanni Battista] (1899–1970), conductor and cellist, was born Giovanni Battista at 12 Southampton Row, London, on 2 December 1899, the elder son and second of the three children of an émigré Italian violinist, Lorenzo Barbirolli (1864–1928), and his Parisian wife, ...

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Carolan, Turlough [Toirdhealbhach Ó Cearbhalláin] (1670–1738), harper and composer, was born near Nobber, co. Meath, where his father (identified variously as John and Brian) was probably a small farmer and perhaps also an ironworker. When the young Carolan was in his early teens the family moved to ...

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Caton, Lauderic Rex (1910–1999), guitarist and composer, was born on 31 August 1910 in Arena, Cedros, Trinidad, the fourth son and last among the eight children of Robert Caton, a merchant, and Margaret Caton, a baker. His father, who was of St Lucian descent, left soon after his birth and he was brought up by his mother, a Trinidadian. He learned tonic solfa at school and from the age of ten taught reading, writing, and arithmetic in elementary school. He also learned to play his brother-in-law's guitar and took violin lessons while studying diesel engineering in ...

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Cramer, Wilhelm (bap. 1746, d. 1799), violinist, was born at Mannheim and baptized on 2 June 1746, the second son of the Mannheim violinist Jakob Cramer (1705–1770). He was a pupil of Johann Stamitz, Christian Cannabich, and Domenicus Basconi. He joined the Mannheim orchestra...

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Deniz, Francisco Antonio [Frank] (1912–2005), guitarist and bandleader, was born at 9 Christina Street, Cardiff, on 31 July 1912, the eldest of three sons of Antoni (or Antonio) Francisco Deniz, formerly Diniz (1878–c.1931), a donkeyman (engine-room sailor), and his wife, Gertrude Blanch (or Blanche), ...

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Dragonetti, Domenico Carlo Maria (1763–1846), double bass player and composer, was born on 7 April 1763 in the parish of San Gervasio and San Protasio, Venice. Of his parents, Pietro Dragonetti and Cattarina Calegari, little is known, although it is speculated that his father played both the double bass and the guitar and may have been a gondolier. His mother bore at least one other child, ...

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Du Pré, Jacqueline Mary (1945–1987), cellist, was born at 165 Banbury Road, Oxford, on 26 January 1945, the younger daughter and the second of the three children of Derek du Pré, a financial writer and editor, and Iris Maud, née Greep, a pianist and composer of music for children, who taught at the ...

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Giardini [Degiardino], Felice (1716–1796), violinist and composer, was born in Turin, Italy, on 12 April 1716, the son of a French musician named Jardin, who introduced him to the violin. After time spent in Milan as a cathedral chorister and student of singing, composition, and harpsichord playing (under ...

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Goossens, (Annie) Sidonie [Sid] (1899–2004), harpist, was born at 78 Seaview Road, Liscard, Cheshire, on 19 October 1899, the fifth and youngest surviving child of Eugène Goossens (1867–1958), violinist and conductor, and his wife, Annie, née Cook (1860–1946), opera singer. Her father was conductor of the ...

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Gow, Nathaniel (1763–1831), fiddler and composer, was born on 27 May 1763 at Inver, near Dunkeld, Perthshire, and baptized at Little Dunkeld two days later, the fourth of the five sons of Niel Gow (1727–1807) and his first wife, Margaret Wiseman. The date of his birth, which has often been given wrongly, is established by the baptismal register for ...

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Gow, Niel (1727–1807), fiddler and composer, was born at Inver, by Dunkeld, Perthshire, on 22 March 1727, the son of John Gow and his wife, Catherine McEwan. He married Margaret Wiseman presumably before 1759; they had five sons, including the fiddler Nathaniel Gow...

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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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Hallé [other married name Norman-Neruda], Wilma [née Vilemína Maria Franziška Nerudová], Lady Hallé (1838?–1911), violinist, was born on 21 March, probably in 1838 rather than in 1839 as is often stated. She was the third child and second daughter of the ten children of ...

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Hartley, Wallace Henry (1878–1912), musician and bandleader on the RMS Titanic, was born on 2 June 1878 at 136 Greenfield Hill, Colne, Lancashire, the second of the six children (four surviving) of Albion Hartley (1850–1934), mill manager, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Foulds (1851–1927)...

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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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Hughes, Brewster [real name Ignatius Abiodun Oke; afterwards Ernest Henley Oke Hughes] (1912–1986), guitarist and bandleader, was born on 12 December 1912 at Ibadan, Nigeria, one of at least three sons and one daughter of Ernest Henley Oke, and his wife, Rebecca Olamide, ...

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Joachim, Joseph (1831–1907), violinist, born in Kitsee, near Pressburg, on 28 June 1831, was the seventh of the eight children of Julius Joachim, a wool merchant, and his wife, Fanny. After the family moved to Pest in 1833 he began violin lessons with ...

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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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Mantovani, Annunzio Paolo (1905–1980), orchestra leader and musical arranger, was born on 15 November 1905 in Venice, Italy, the son of (Bismark) Benedetto Mantovani and his wife, Iparia Gandino (d. 1969). His father, born in Rovigo, was a violinist and leader of the orchestra at ...