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Bygraves, Walter William [Max] (1922–2012), singer and entertainer, was born on 16 October 1922 at 7 Rye Buildings, Rotherhithe, London, the son of Henry Bygraves, dock labourer and professional boxer, and his wife, Lilian May, née McDonnell. He was brought up in abject poverty in the ...

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Bert Errol (1883–1949) by unknown photographer, c. 1930 Getty Images

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Errol, Bert [real name Isaac Whitehouse] (1883–1949), singer and female impersonator, was born on 11 August 1883 at 106 Aston Road, Aston, Birmingham, the son of Isaac Whitehouse, brass lock founder, and his wife, Elizabeth Griffiths. He began his career in Birmingham...

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Kaye [Quaye], Cab [real name Augustus Nii-Lante Kwamlah Quaye] (1921–2000), musician, singer, and entertainer, was born at 53 Torrington Square, Bloomsbury, London, on 3 September 1921, the only son and elder of the two children of Caleb Jonas Quaye (Ga name Kobla Quaye), (...

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Secombe, Sir Harry Donald (1921–2001), entertainer, was born in Swansea on 8 September 1921, the younger son and third of four children of Frederick Ernest Secombe, a commercial traveller for the wholesale grocery firm Walters and Batchelors and an amateur cartoonist, and his wife, ...

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Sir Harry Donald Secombe (1921–2001) by David Poole, 1968 © David Poole / The Army Benevolent Fund; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Andrew Stewart (1933–1993) by unknown photographer © Radio Times; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Stewart, Andrew [Andy] (1933–1993), singer and entertainer, was born on 30 December 1933 at Redlands Maternity Home, Great Western Road, Glasgow, the only son and second child of Andrew Stewart (1901–1966), schoolmaster, and his wife, Alice Thompson (1903–1984). His parents were both Scottish. His education, which began at ...

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Joan Theresa Turner (1922–2009) by Peter Elinskas, 1966 © Peter Elinskas / Associated Newspapers / Rex Features

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Turner, Joan Theresa (1922–2009), comic singer and impressionist, was born on 24 November 1922 at 2 Eglinton Street, Belfast, the daughter of Leonard Alfred Turner, a corporal in the British Army, and his wife, Helen Mary (Ellen), née Charlesson. At the time of her birth registration her parents lived at ...

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Zavaroni, Lena Hilda (1963–1999), popular singer and entertainer, was born on 4 November 1963 at the Rankin Memorial Hospital, Greenock, Renfrewshire, the first of two daughters of Victor Alfredo Zavaroni and his wife, Hilda Catherine, née Jordan (d. 1989), who owned a fish and chip shop in their home town, ...