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Appleton, Joseph Edward [Joe] (1903/4–1991), saxophonist, clarinettist, and bandleader, was born Joseph Edward Appleton-Thomas in Porus, Jamaica, on 2 June 1903 or 1904, the only son and one of two children of Joseph Appleton-Thomas, a road maintenance official. His parents were Jamaican. In ...

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Arne family (per. 1682–1808), musicians, became one of the most important musical and theatrical families of the eighteenth century. The foundations of the family's position were allegedly laid through the patriarchal persistence of Thomas Arne (bap. 1682, d. 1736), upholsterer and theatre servant...

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Ayers, Kevin Cawley (1944–2013), singer, musician, and composer, was born on 16 August 1944 at St Edward's Nursing Home in Herne Bay, Kent, the son of Rowan Gordon Ayers (1922–2008), then a sub-lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, later a BBC executive, and his wife, ...

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Bacharach, Alfred Louis (1891–1966), food scientist and musician, was born in Hampstead, London, on 11 August 1891, the son of Otto Leonhard Bacharach, a stockbroker, of Hampstead, and his wife, Alice Eva Wagner. He lived throughout his life in Hampstead. Bacharach was educated at ...

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Barrett, Roger Keith [Syd] (1946–2006), musician and songwriter, was born on 6 January 1946 at 60 Glisson Road, Cambridge, the fourth of five children of Arthur Max Barrett, medical practitioner, and his wife, Winifred Flack, née Heeps. Educated at the Cambridge and County High School for Boys...

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Roger Keith Barrett (1946–2006) by Gems, 1969 Getty Images

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Bellamy, Peter Franklyn (1944–1991), folk-singer, was born on 8 September 1944 at 23 Knole Road in Bournemouth, the fourth of five children. Shortly afterwards his parents, Richard Reynell Bellamy (1901–1988) and Hilda Maud Bellamy, née Steel (1907–1994), moved to Norfolk, which became Bellamy's...

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Bilk, Bernard Stanley [Acker] (1929–2014), clarinettist and bandleader, was born in Pensford, Somerset, on 28 January 1929, the son of William John Bilk (1876–1941), journeyman carpenter and cabinet maker, and part-time church organist, and his wife, Lilian Lydia Amanda, ...

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Blake, Cyril McDonald [called Midnight Blake] (1897–1951), jazz musician, was born on 22 October 1897 in Trinidad, the son of Samuel Blake, cabinet-maker. He served in the merchant navy in the First World War and went to Britain on discharge. In October 1921 he was a member for engagements in ...

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Bowman [née Bradford], Laura (1881–1957), musical entertainer, was born in Quincy, Illinois, USA, on 3 October 1881, the daughter of Charles Bradford (c.1850–c.1915), bartender, and his wife, Lois Adelaide, née Yeates (c.1850–1912). After being taken by her aunt for an education in ...

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Bruce, John Simon Asher (Jack) (1943–2014), musician and songwriter, was born on 14 May 1943 at 67 Beaufort Gardens, Bishopbriggs, Lanarkshire, the son of Charles Bruce and his wife Elizabeth, née Asher. His parents were politically left-wing and variously employed—his father as a lorry driver and mechanical engineer, and his mother as a hospital cleaner and waitress. He later claimed to have attended fourteen schools, the last ...

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Beryl Audrey Bryden (1920–1998) by David Redfern, 1990 photograph David Redfern / Redferns

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Bryden, Beryl Audrey (1920–1998), jazz singer and washboard player, was born on 11 May 1920 at 17 Rowington Road, Norwich, Norfolk, the only child of Amos Wilfred Bertram Bryden, a commercial traveller, and his wife, Elsie Maud Tyler Reeves Jones. She was educated at ...

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Campbell, Ambrose (1919–2006), musician and bandleader, was born Oladipupo Adekoya Campbell in Lagos, Nigeria, on 19 August 1919, the third of four sons in the family of six children of James, G. M., or Adekoya Campbell, a minister in the West African Episcopal church...

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Campbell, Ian (1933–2012), folk singer and songwriter, was born on 10 June 1933 at 89 Skene Street, Aberdeen, the son of David Dunn Campbell, fish worker and later a trade union official, and his wife, Isabella Armstrong, née Sutherland. He was the eldest of four children, followed by his brother, ...

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Cann, Rita Evelyn [performing name Rita Lawrence] (1911–2001), pianist and singer, was born on 24 January 1911 at Heathfield, Box Ridge Avenue, Beddington, Surrey, the elder daughter and eldest of three children of Albert Sam Cann (1871–1930×34), an import–export merchant, and his wife, ...

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Rita Evelyn Cann (1911–2001) by Val Wilmer, 1990 photograph © Val Wilmer