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Barrett, Roger Keith [Syd] (1946–2006), musician and songwriter, was born on 6 January 1946 at 60 Glisson Road, Cambridge, the fourth of five children of Arthur Max Barrett, medical practitioner, and his wife, Winifred Flack, née Heeps. Educated at the Cambridge and County High School for Boys...

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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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Coborn, Charles [real name Colin Whitton McCallum] (1852–1945), music-hall entertainer and songwriter, was born Colin Whitton McCallum on 4 August 1852 at 25 Sydney Square, Mile End, London, the son of Colin McCallum (1799–1872), shipbroker and freeman of the City of London...

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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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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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Entwistle, John Alec (1944–2002), songwriter and guitarist, was born on 9 October 1944 at Queen Charlotte's Hospital, Hammersmith, London, the son of Herbert Entwistle, an engineer then serving in the Royal Navy, and his wife, (Queenie) Maud, née Lee, both of 81A Southfield Road, Chiswick, London...

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Fury, Billy [real name Ronald Wycherley] (1940–1983), singer and songwriter, was born on 17 April 1940 at the Smithdown Road Infirmary, 126 Smithdown Road, Sefton, Liverpool, the elder son of Albert Edward Wycherley, a shoe repairer, and his wife, Sarah Jane (known as Jean), ...

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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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Gregg, Hubert Robert Harry (1914–2004), songwriter, actor, and broadcaster, was born on 19 July 1914 at 42 Norfolk Road, Islington, London, the second son of Robert Joseph Gregg (1871/2–1957), an auxiliary postman, and his second wife, Alice Maud Garner, née Bessant (1877–1956). His father, who was serving in ...

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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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Hart, Timothy Daniel [Tim] (1948–2009), folk musician and singer, was born at Bromhead Maternity Home, Lincoln, on 9 January 1948, the son of Dennis Daniel Hart, then a student at Lincoln Theological College, and his wife, Mavis Edith, née Good. He was brought up in ...

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Hay [née Sheridan], Helen Selina, countess of Gifford [other married name Helen Selina Blackwood, Lady Dufferin and Claneboye] (1807–1867), author and song writer, was the eldest daughter of Thomas Sheridan (1775–1817), colonial administrator (younger son of Richard Brinsley Sheridan), and his wife, ...

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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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Jansch, Herbert [Bert] (1943–2011), guitarist, singer, and composer, was born on 3 November 1943 at Stobhill Hospital, Springburn, Glasgow, the son of Herbert Jansch (1911–1970), a builder's labourer then serving as a private in the Royal Army Service Corps, and his wife, Margaret Henderson Robertson (Maggie), ...

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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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MacColl, Ewan [formerly James Henry Miller] (1915–1989), songwriter, folk-singer, and playwright, was born James Henry Miller on 25 January 1915 at 4 Andrew Street, Broughton, Salford, Lancashire, the youngest and only surviving child in the family of three sons and one daughter (one of each sex was stillborn and one son died at the age of four) of ...

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Mercury, Freddie [formerly Faroukh Bulsara] (1946–1991), singer and song-writer, was born at the Government Hospital in Zanzibar on 5 September 1946, the eldest son of Bomi Bulsara, civil servant, and his wife, Jer. His parents were both from Bombay and were Zoroastrians. At five he was enrolled at the local missionary school, and his sister, ...

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Newley, (George) Anthony (1931–1999), entertainer and songwriter, was born on 24 September 1931 at 230 High Street, Hackney, London, the son of (Frances) Grace Newley, of Clapton Park, London. His father (whom he did not know as a child) was a local builder. At a later stage ...