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Frank Gilbert Crichlow (1932–2010) by Phillip Jackson, 1982 [surveying the damage at the Mangrove Cafe in All Saints Road on the morning after the 1982 Notting Hill riots] © Phillip Jackson / Rex Features / Associated Newspapers

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Crichlow, Frank Gilbert (1932–2010), musician, restaurateur, and community activist, was born on 13 July 1932 in Woodbrook, Port of Spain, Trinidad. Little is known of his early life. He sailed for Britain on the SS Colombie in June 1953. In the post-war years migration to ...

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Evans, Rudolph Bayfield [Rudy] [performing name André de Dakar] (1897–1987), singer, actor, and entrepreneur, was born at Monkey Hill, Panama, on 23 February 1897, the eighth son and ninth of the ten children of Edward John Rhodes Evans (b. 1853), a land and property owner, and his wife, ...

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Freeth, John [pseud. John Free] (1731–1808), innkeeper and political ballad writer, was born at the Bell tavern, Philip Street, Birmingham, the son of Charles Freeth, landlord of the Bell, and his wife, Mary. Nothing is known of Freeth's education or of his early years, although it seems that he was once an itinerant street ballad singer. Where and when ...

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Ronald Scott (1927–1996) by Philip Sayer, pubd 1991 © Philip Sayer; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Scott, Ronald [Ronnie] (1927–1996), jazz saxophonist and nightclub owner, was born at the Mothers' Home, 396 Commercial Road, Stepney, London, on 28 January 1927, the son of Joseph Schatt (also known as Jock Scott), a saxophonist and orchestra leader, and his wife, Sylvia (Cissie) Rosenbloom (...