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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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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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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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Russell, Henry Kenneth Alfred [Ken] (1927–2011), film, television, and opera director, was born on 3 July 1927 at 31 Belmont Road, Southampton, the elder son of Adolphus Henry Russell (1902–1988), boot and shoe retailer, and his wife, Ethel Ivy Louise, née Smith. While he was still young he and his mentally fragile mother took refuge at the cinema to escape from his father's frequent rages. By the age of ten he was showing and narrating silent films in his garage to family, friends, and neighbours....

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Henry Kenneth Alfred Russell (1927–2011) by unknown photographer, 1975 Camera Press London

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Anthony Howard Wilson (1950–2007) by Harry Goodwin, 1970s Harry Goodwin / Rex Features

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Wilson, Anthony Howard [Tony] (1950–2007), television broadcaster and music entrepreneur, was born at Hope Hospital, Salford, Lancashire, on 20 February 1950, the only child of Sydney Wilson (1917–1997), tobacconist, and his wife, Doris Emily, née Knupfer (1904–1975). Thirteen years older than her husband and a widow when they married in 1948, ...