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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Thicknesse [née Ford], Ann (1737–1824), writer and musician, was born on 22 February 1737 near the Temple, London, the only child of Thomas Ford (d. 1768), clerk of the arraigns, and his wife, formerly Miss Champion. Her father made sure that she had an unusually extensive education, which he claimed had cost him at least ...

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Wilson, John (1595–1674), composer and musician, was born in Faversham, Kent, on 5 April 1595. In view of his later association with the King's Men company of actors he was probably the 'Iohn Wilson' who was apprenticed on 18 February 1611, for eight years, to the actor ...