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Black, Cilla [real name Priscilla White] (1943–2015), singer and television presenter, was born on 27 May 1943 at 380 Scotland Road, Liverpool, the daughter of John Patrick White (1904–1971), dock labourer, and his wife, Priscilla, née Blythen (1911–1996...

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Cilla Black (1943–2015), by Terry O'Neill, 1990s

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Cooper, Joseph Elliott Needham (1912–2001), musician and broadcaster, was born on 7 October 1912, at Southdene, Southfield Road, Westbury-on-Trym, near Bristol, the youngest of the three children of Wilfrid Needham Cooper, manager of the Westbury branch of the National Provincial Bank, and his wife, ...

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Joseph Elliott Needham Cooper (1912–2001) by unknown photographer, 1953 The Times / NI Syndication

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Cotton, William Edward [Billy] (1899–1969), bandleader and radio and television broadcaster, was born on 27 May 1899 at 31 New Tothill Street, Westminster, London, the youngest of the ten children of Joseph Cotton, a water turncock, and his wife, Susan Harmer. He was educated at ...

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William Edward Cotton (1899–1969) by Yousuf Karsh Karsh / Camera Press, London

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Culshaw, John Royds (1924–1980), record producer and television executive, was born on 28 May 1924 at 47 Lethbridge Road, Southport, Lancashire, one of at least two children of Percy Ellis Culshaw, banker's clerk, and his wife, Dorothy Royds. He attended first the Merchant Taylors' School...

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Evelyn Mary Dove (1902–1987) by Macari collection of Stephen Bourne

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Dove, Evelyn Mary (1902–1987), singer and actress, was born on 11 January 1902 at the Lying-in Hospital, Endell Street, London, the daughter of Francis Dove (d. 1949), a barrister born in Sierra Leone, and his English wife, Augusta, née Winchester. Francis Dove...

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Driver, Betty Mary (1920–2011), singer and actress, was born on 20 May 1920 at the nursing home at 11 Prebend Street, Leicester, the elder daughter of Frederick Andrew Driver (1895–1970), police constable, and his wife, Nellie, née Bridgeford (1898–1954). At the time of her birth registration her parents lived at ...

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Betty Mary Driver (1920–2011) by unknown photographer, 1970s © ITV / Rex Features

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Sir John Richard Gray Drummond (1934–2006) by unknown photographer, 1984 © BBC

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Drummond, Sir John Richard Gray (1934–2006), television producer, broadcaster, and music administrator, was born on 25 November 1934 at 64 Holland Park, London, the only child of Archibald Richard George Drummond, a tone-deaf Scottish master mariner, and his wife, Esther Wynne, née Pickering...

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Adam Faith (1940–2003) by Norman Parkinson, 1962 © Norman Parkinson Archive; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Faith, Adam (1940–2003), singer and actor, was born Terence Nelhams Wright on 23 June 1940 at 4 Churchfield Road East, Acton, London, the third of five children of Alfred Richard (Alf) Wright (later Nelhams), coach driver, and Ellen May (Nell) Nelhams, cleaner. He was brought up on a council estate in ...

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Fletcher, Cyril Trevellian (1913–2005), comedian and impresario, was born on 25 June 1913 at Dunoon, Hagden Lane, Watford, Hertfordshire, the only son and younger child of George Trevellian Fletcher, deputy town clerk of Watford, and his wife, Maude Mary, née Ginger. Both parents were keen on amateur dramatics. He attended a preparatory school in ...

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(Seifield) Gordon Heath (1918–1991) by unknown photographer collection of Stephen Bourne

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Heath, (Seifield) Gordon (1918–1991), actor and folk-singer, was born on 20 September 1918 in New York city, the son of Cyril Gordon Heath, originally from Barbados, and his wife, Hattie, née Hopper. He was educated at the City College of New York. His early stage roles included ...

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Jones, David Thomas [Davy] (1945–2012), singer and actor, was born on 30 December 1945 at St Mary's Hospital, Manchester, the son of Thomas Harry Jones (d. 1968), a locomotive fitter, and his wife, Doris, née Whitehead. At the time of his birth registration his parents lived at ...

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Kington, Miles Beresford (1941–2008), humorist, jazz critic, and broadcaster, was born on 13 May 1941 at Down County Infirmary, Downpatrick, co. Down, the elder son of William Beresford Nairn Kington (1909–1982), a brewer then serving as a captain with the 4th Royal Welch Fusiliers...