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Arden, Don [real name Harry Levy] (1926–2007), rock music manager and promoter, was born on 4 January 1926 at 123 Crescent Road, Crumpsall, Manchester, the son of Lazarus Levy, a machinist in a factory making waterproof garments, and his wife, Sarah (Sally), ...

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Don Arden (1926–2007) by unknown photographer, 1968 Evening News / Rex Features

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Aspinall, Neil Stanley (1941–2008), music executive, was born at Chatsworth House, Prestatyn, Flintshire, on 13 October 1941, the son of Stanley Arthur Aspinall, a dock labourer then serving as a petty officer in the Royal Navy, and his wife, Ivy, née Shaw. His mother had been evacuated to ...

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Neil Stanley Aspinall (1941–2008) by Bernard Gotfryd, 1964 [front centre, standing in for George Harrison at a rehearsal for The Ed Sullivan Show] Getty Images

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Berger, Francesco (1834–1933), music administrator, was born in London on 10 June 1834, the son of Francis Berger, a merchant from Trieste who had been naturalized a British subject, and his wife Nannette, who was Bavarian. mother and a naturalized Italian father, a merchant from ...

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Sir Rudolf Franz Joseph Bing (1902–1997) by Lotte Meitner-Graf © Lotte Meitner-Graf

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Bing, Sir Rudolf Franz Joseph (1902–1997), opera manager, was born in Vienna on 9 January 1902, the son of Ernst Hoenigsvald Bing, head of the Austro-Hungarian Steel and Iron Trust, and his wife, Stefanie. The youngest of four children, he left school at the age of sixteen. He trained his attractive light baritone voice, but did not consider becoming a professional. In 1919 he obtained a job with the Viennese booksellers ...

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Bowley, Robert Kanzow (1813–1870), music administrator, was born on 13 May 1813, the son of a bootmaker at Charing Cross. He initially learned his father's trade. At an early age he joined the Benevolent Society of Musical Amateurs, and later became its conductor. He was a member of the committee of the amateur musical festival held at ...

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Caplat, Moran Victor Hingston (1916–2003), actor and opera administrator, was born on 1 October 1916 at Tantallon, Alma Road, Herne Bay, Kent, the only child of (Armand Charles Victor) Roger Caplat, later known as Roger Victor Caplat, or Roger Armand Charles Caplat, architect, and his wife, ...

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Christie, Sir George William Langham (1934–2014), arts administrator, was born on 31 December 1934 at Glyndebourne, near Lewes, Sussex, the only son and younger child of John Christie (1882–1962), founder of Glyndebourne Opera, and his wife, (Grace) Audrey Laura St John-Mildmay...

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Clark, (Thomas) Edward (1888–1962), music administrator and conductor, was born on 10 May 1888 at 125 Westmorland Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, one of three children of James Bowness Clark (1863/4–1934), coal exporter and dedicated amateur musician, and his wife, Elizabeth Thirlaway (1858/9–1939). The ...

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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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Dyson, Sir George (1883–1964), composer and music administrator, was born at 4 Schofield's Court, off Crossley Terrace, Halifax, Yorkshire, on 28 May 1883. He was the eldest of the three children of John William Dyson, blacksmith, and his wife, Alice Greenwood, a weaver. ...

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Ebers, John (bap. 1778, d. 1858), bookseller and opera manager, was born in Hertford, where he was baptized at St Andrew's Church on 24 July 1778, the son of John Henry Ebers and his wife, Sarah. At some time between 1808 and 1811 he took over from his father a fashionable bookshop in ...

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Epstein, Brian Samuel (1934–1967), popular music entrepreneur and retailer, was born on 19 September 1934 at a private nursing home at 4 Rodney Street, Liverpool, the first of two children of Harold (Harry) Epstein (1901–1967) furniture retailer, and his wife, Malka (Queenie), née...

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Brian Samuel Epstein (1934–1967) by Robert Whitaker, 1964 © Robert Whitaker; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Glock, Sir William Frederick (1908–2000), music administrator, was born on 3 May 1908 at 21 Woolstone Road, Catford, London. His father, William George Glock, the headmaster of a school in south London, was a musical enthusiast, who inspired his son with the love of music from his earliest years. Of his mother, ...

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Grant, Peter (1935–1995), rock group manager, was born on 5 April 1935 in Birdhurst Road, Croydon, Surrey, the son of Dorothy Louise Grant, a private secretary, of South Norwood, Surrey. The name of his father is not recorded. He left school at thirteen and his height and weight—he was ...