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(Abraham) Felix Barter Aprahamian (1914–2005) by Pete Wicker © Pete Wicker; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Aprahamian, (Apraham) Felix Bartev (1914–2005), music critic and concert organizer, was born on 5 June 1914 at 16 Inderwick Road, Hornsey, London, the son of Avedis Aprahamian, formerly Hovhanessian (b. 1871), carpet dealer, and his wife, Araxie, née Garabedian. His parents were both Armenian immigrants from ...

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Brown, Alexander [Sandy] (1929–1975), bandleader and acoustic architect, was born on 25 February 1929 in Izatnagar, near Bareilly in India, the second son of John Brown, a railway engineer who died about 1936, and his wife, Minnie Henderson (d. 1975). His parents were Scottish and Presbyterian, although ...

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Feather, Leonard Geoffrey (1914–1994), jazz writer and promoter, was born on 13 September 1914 at Fannat Villa, Teignmouth Road, Brondesbury, Middlesex, the son of Nathaniel Feather, who owned a chain of clothing stores, and his wife, Felicia, née Zelinski. He was brought up in a strictly conformist upper-middle-class Jewish family, studying classical piano and clarinet from an early age while secretly enjoying an addiction to popular music. About the age of fifteen he came across ...

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Gillett, Charles Thomas [Charlie] (1942–2010), disc jockey and musicologist, was born on 20 February 1942 at 429 Marine Road, Morecambe, Lancashire, the elder son and second of three children of Anthony Walter Gillett (1912–1992), mechanical engineer and managing director of a light engineering firm, and his wife, ...

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Herd, David (bap. 1732, d. 1810), song collector and editor, was born at Balmakelly in the parish of Marykirk in Kincardineshire, and baptized there on 23 October 1732, the son of John Herd, a farmer, and his wife, Margaret Low (1691–1751). Little is known of his education. He spent much of his career as a law clerk with ...

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John, Nicholas Andrew (1952–1996), operatic editor and dramaturge, was born at 4 Lyall Street, London, on 18 August 1952, the son of Leslie Francis John (b. 1919/20), a director of the Mobil oil company, and his wife, Constance Margaret Dowler (b...

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Lewis, Sir Anthony Carey (1915–1983), musician and founder of Musica Britannica, was born on 2 March 1915 in Bermuda, the youngest of the three sons (there was no daughter) of Major (later Colonel) Leonard Carey Lewis (1880–1952) of the Lincolnshire regiment and Royal Army Ordnance Corps...

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MacDonald, Patrick (1729–1824), music collector and publisher, was born on 22 April 1729 in Durness manse, Durness, Sutherland, the eldest of four sons and seven daughters of the Revd Murdoch (Murdo) MacDonald (b. 1696) and his wife, Agnes Coupar (Cooper). Although a Presbyterian minister, ...

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Angus MacKay (1813–1859) by William Wyld, c. 1852 The Royal Collection © 2004 HM Queen Elizabeth II

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MacKay, Angus (1813–1859), collector and editor of highland bagpipe music, was born on 10 September 1813, probably on the Isle of Raasay, Inverness-shire. He was the third of four piping sons of John MacKay of Raasay (1767–1848), the leading composer and teacher of his generation, and his wife, ...

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MacLeod, Niel, of Gesto (c. 1754–1836), collector and editor of highland bagpipe music, was the only son, in a family of three children, of John MacLeod of Gesto, head of Clann mac mhic Thormoid (a cadet branch of the MacLeods of MacLeod), whose lands lay in ...

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Preston, (Sydney) Denis (1916–1979), jazz critic and record producer, was born Sidney Denis Prechner on 16 November 1916 at 13 Paget Road, Stoke Newington, London, the only son and second child of Louis (Lou) Prechner, businessman, and his wife, Sarah (Cissie), née Hobsbaum...

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Thomson, George (1757–1851), music collector and publisher, was born on 4 March 1757 at Limekilns, Dunfermline, Fife, the son of Robert Thomson, schoolmaster, and his first wife, Anne Stirling. Little is known of his parents, though Robert remarried following Anne Stirling's death in the late 1760s or early 1770s. By this time the family had moved north to ...

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Saifullah Arun (Sam) Zaman (known as State of Bengal) (1965–2015), by COCO

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Zaman, Saifullah Arun [Sam; known as State of Bengal] (1965–2015), music producer, composer, and teacher, was born on 17 April 1965 in Karachi, Pakistan, the eldest of five children of Mohammed Shah Zaman, a homeopathic doctor and diplomat, and his wife, ...