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George Sainton Kaye Butterworth (1885–1916) by unknown artist, © Lebrecht Music & Arts

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Butterworth, George Sainton Kaye (1885–1916), composer and folk dancer, was born on 12 July 1885 at 16 Westbourne Square, Paddington, London, the only child of Sir Alexander Kaye Butterworth (1854–1946), a solicitor and later general manager of the North Eastern Railway Company, and his wife, ...

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Charles Coborn (1852–1945) by unknown photographer [in costume for the Monte Carlo song] Mander & Mitchenson Theatre Collection

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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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Connor, Geraldine Roxanne (1952–2011), ethnomusicologist, theatre director, and composer, was born on 22 March 1952 at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London, the elder child of Edric Esclus Connor (1913–1968), actor, singer, and folklorist, and his wife, Pearl Cynthia, née Nunez (1924–2005) [see...

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Corvan, Edward [Ned] (1830–1865), entertainer and songwriter, was born in Liverpool of Irish parents, but was brought up from the age of four in Newcastle upon Tyne. Three years after the move his father, Matthew Corvan, a mason, died, and the young Corvan...

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Dibdin, Charles (bap. 1745, d. 1814), actor, composer, and writer, was baptized privately (possibly because he was sickly at birth) on 4 March 1745 at Southampton, and again publicly on 26 March at Holyrood Church, Southampton, where his father, Thomas Dibdin, was parish clerk; his mother's name has been given as ...

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Charles Dibdin (bap. 1745, d. 1814) by Thomas Phillips, 1799 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dury, Ian Robins (1942–2000), popular singer, songwriter, and actor, was born on 12 May 1942 at 43 Weald Rise, Harrow Weald, Harrow, Middlesex, the only child of William George Dury (d. 1968) and Margaret Cuthbertson (Peggy) Dury, formerly Walker (d. 1995)...

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Hubert Robert Harry Gregg (1914–2004) by Baron, 1953 © Getty Images

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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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Hopkins, (Ernest William) Antony (1921–2014), composer, conductor, and broadcaster, was born Ernest William Anthony Reynolds on 21 March 1921 at 13 Gardenia Road, Bush Hill Park, Edmonton, London, the third of four children of (Reginald) Hugh Reynolds (1891–1925) and his wife, ...

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Ledger, Sir Philip Stevens (1937–2012), conductor, pianist, and composer, was born on 12 December 1937 at Newdigate House, Knole Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex, the son of Walter Stephen Ledger (1907–1986), secretary of the Bexhill-on-Sea Building Society, and his wife, Winifred Kathleen, née Stevens (1911–2001)...

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Moore, Dudley Stuart John (1935–2002), actor, musician, and composer, was born on 19 April 1935 at Charing Cross Hospital, London, the son of John (Jock) Moore (born John Havlin; d. 1971), a Glaswegian engineer with the Stratford East Railway, and his wife, Ada Francis, ...

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Dudley Stuart John Moore (1935–2002) by unknown photographer, 1987 Sipa Press / Rex Features

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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 ...

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(George) Anthony Newley (1931–1999) by David Redfern photograph David Redfern / Redferns

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Novello, Ivor [real name David Ivor Davies] (1893–1951), composer, actor, and playwright, was born on 15 January 1893 at Llywn yr Eos (Nightingales' Grove), 95 Cowbridge Road, Cardiff, the only son of David Davies (1852?–1931), a rent collector for Cardiff council, and his wife, ...

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Ivor Novello (1893–1951) by Paul Tanqueray, 1928 © Estate of Paul Tanqueray; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Pasquali, Nicolò [Niccolò] (1717/18–1757), musician and actor, was born in Cosenza, Italy. Little is known of his life until he arrived in London about 1743, accompanied by his younger brother Francis Pasquali (fl. 1743–1795), also a musician, as well as a publisher, scene designer, and impresario...