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Baldry, John William [known as Long John Baldry] (1941–2005), singer and guitarist, was born at East Haddon Hall, East Haddon, Northamptonshire, on 12 January 1941, the first of three children of William James Baldry (1915–1990), a Metropolitan Police constable, and his wife, ...

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Anthony James Donegan (1931–2002) by unknown photographer Rex Features

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Donegan, Anthony James [Lonnie] (1931–2002), singer, was born on 29 April 1931 in Glasgow, the son of a Scot, Peter John Donegan, violinist, and his Irish wife, Mary Josephine, née Deighan. Although his father played with the Royal National Scottish Orchestra, he did not encourage his son's musical abilities as he regarded his own employment as precarious. Seeking more regular employment, the family moved to ...

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Graham, David Michael Gordon [Davey], [Davy] (1940–2008), guitarist and singer, was born on 26 November 1940 at Bosworth Park Infirmary, Market Bosworth, Leicestershire, the son of James McLeod (Hamish or Seamus) Graham, accountant and Gaelic scholar, and Winifred Mary Gordon Woolford (1916–1989). His father was born on ...

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Graham, David Michael Gordon[Davey], [Davy] (1940–2008)

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David Michael Gordon Graham (1940–2008) by Brian Shuel, 1966 © Brian Shuel / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hall, Clifford Samuel [Cliff] (1925–2008), singer and guitarist, was born of Jamaican parents in Oriente Province, Cuba, on 11 September 1925. His father, Arthur Bertram Hall, was a plantation worker. As a child he studied at both Spanish and English schools, but following the death of his mother, and his father's subsequent remarriage (together with the outbreak of the Second World War), he relocated with his father to ...

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Harrison, George (1943–2001), musician and composer, was born on 25 February 1943 at 12 Arnold Grove, Wavertree, Liverpool, the youngest among the four children of Harold Hargreaves Harrison (d. 1978) and his wife, Louise, née French. His father was a former Cunard...

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George Harrison (1943–2001) by Alistair Morrison, 1988 © Alistair Morrison; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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James Marshall Hendrix (1942–1970) by unknown photographer, 1970 [at the Isle of Wight festival] Getty Images

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Hendrix, James Marshall [Jimi] (1942–1970), rock musician and songwriter, was born on 27 November 1942 at the King County Hospital (which became the Harborview Medical Center), Seattle, Washington, USA, the first child of James Allen Hendrix (b. 1919), landscape gardener, and his first wife, ...

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Lynott, Philip Parris [Phil] (1949–1986), singer and guitarist, was born at Hallam Hospital, West Bromwich, Birmingham, on 20 August 1949, the illegitimate son of a black Brazilian father, Cecil Parris (to whom he subsequently dedicated his 1974 book of poetry, Songs for while I'm Away...

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Philip Parris Lynott (1949–1986) by unknown photographer, c. 1975 Getty Images

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Marriott, Stephen Peter [Steve] (1947–1991), singer and guitarist, was born in East Ham Memorial Hospital, Essex, on 30 January 1947, the son of William James Bernard Marriott, electrical engineer, and his wife, Kathleen Beatrice, née Devo. At thirteen he made his West End...

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Sheridan, Tony (1940–2013), singer and guitarist, was born Anthony Esmond Sheridan McGinnity on 21 May 1940 at 38 Glenmore Gardens, Norwich, the son of Alphonsus McGinnity, a merchant seaman then working in the Ministry of Labour and National Service, and his wife, Audrey Josephine Mary, ...

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Stardust, Alvin [real name Bernard William Jewry; other stage name, Shane Fenton] (1942–2014), singer and guitarist, was born on 27 September 1942 at Prenton nursing home, East End Road, Finchley, London, the son of William Richard (Bill) Jewry (1909–1967), drapery salesman, and his wife ...

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Strummer, Joe [real name John Graham Mellor] (1952–2002), rock musician and songwriter, was born on 21 August 1952 in Ankara, Turkey, the younger son of Ronald Ralph Mellor (1916–1984), a clerical officer in the diplomatic service, and his wife, Anna, formerly Girvan, ...

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Joe Strummer (1952–2002) by Pennie Smith, 1980 © Pennie Smith; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London