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Barthélémon, François Hippolyte (1741–1808), violinist and composer, was born at Bordeaux, France, on 27 July 1741. He was the eldest of sixteen children of the wig maker Emmanuel Barthélémon and Françoise Laroche. Charles Higham has said that he may have been an officer in the ...

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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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Ferrars, Ernest Richard D'Arcy de (1855–1929), musician and pageant master, was born Ernest Richard D'Arcy Ferris on 2 April 1855 at 24 Belvedere, Bath, the youngest of the eight children of Samuel Charles Ferris (1806–1858), of the Indian Civil Service, and his wife, ...

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Graham, Colin (1931–2007), opera director and librettist, was born on 22 September 1931 at 17 Fourth Avenue, Hove, Sussex, the son of Frederick Eaton Graham-Bonnalie (1897–1979), physician and medical author, and his first wife, Alexandra Diana Vivian (Anore), née Finlay (1909–1988). His parents divorced while he was still young and both subsequently remarried. Educated at ...

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(Arthurlin) Joseph Harriott (1928–1973) by Val Wilmer, 1960 photograph © Val Wilmer

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Harriott, (Arthurlin) Joseph [Joe] (1928–1973), saxophonist, composer, and bandleader, was born on 15 July 1928 in Linstead, St Catherine, Jamaica, the first son and the eldest of the three children of Raphael Garfield Harriott, a professional gambler, and Muriel Scarlet or Scarlett (...

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Hughes, Brewster [real name Ignatius Abiodun Oke; afterwards Ernest Henley Oke Hughes] (1912–1986), guitarist and bandleader, was born on 12 December 1912 at Ibadan, Nigeria, one of at least three sons and one daughter of Ernest Henley Oke, and his wife, Rebecca Olamide, ...

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Brewster Hughes (1912–1986) by unknown photographer, c. 1958–60 collection of Val Wilmer

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Kelly, Thomas (1769–1855), hymn writer and founder of the Kellyites, was born at Kellyville, Queen's county, on 13 July 1769, the only son of Thomas (d. 1809), the Rt Hon. Chief Baron Kelly of Kellyville, Queen's county, justice of the Irish court of common pleas...

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La Trobe, Christian Ignatius (1758–1836), Moravian minister and composer, was born on 12 February 1758 at Fulneck in Yorkshire. He was the eldest son of Benjamin La Trobe (1728–1786), a Moravian minister, and Anna Margaretta (1728–1794), deaconess and daughter of Henry Antes of ...

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See Latrobe [La Trobe], John Antes

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Lusher, Gordon Douglas [Don] (1923–2006), trombonist and bandleader, was born in Providential Place, Nelson Street, Peterborough, Northamptonshire, on 6 November 1923, the only child of Gordon Clayton Lusher (1889–1973), hardware salesman and shop assistant, and his wife, Annie Ethel, née Briggs (1889–1964). Both parents were ...

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James Montgomery (1771–1854) by Charles Turner, pubd 1819 (after John Raphael Smith) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Montgomery, James (1771–1854), hymn writer and poet, was born on 4 November 1771 in Irvine, Ayrshire, the second of the four children of John Montgomery (1734–1791), and his wife, Mary, née Blackley (d. 1790). His family, originally from Scotland, had been settled for several generations in ...

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Montgomery, (Robert) Bruce [pseud. Edmund Crispin] (1921–1978), composer and detective novelist, was born on 2 October 1921 at Blackwood, Bois Lane, Chesham Bois, Buckinghamshire, the fourth child and only son of Robert Ernest Montgomery (1878–1962), sometime secretary to the high commissioner for ...

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(Robert) Bruce Montgomery [Edmund Crispin] (1921–1978) by Lida Moser, 1953 courtesy Vincent Cianni Photographs / Lida Moser

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Proud, Joseph (1745–1826), Swedenborgian preacher and hymn writer, was born at Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, on 22 March 1745, the son of John Proud (d. 1784), a General Baptist minister, and his wife. He quickly entered the ministry, assisting his father at Wisbech, Cambridgeshire...

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Reinagle [née Orger], Caroline (1817–1892), pianist and composer, was born on 1 May 1817 in London, daughter of Dr Thomas Orger (1767–1853) and his wife, the comic actress Mary Ann Orger, née Ivers (1788–1849). Thomas, a translator of Ovid and Anacreon, and author of a book on ...

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Robert Wilfred Levick Simpson (1921–1997) by Suzie E. Maeder © News International Newspapers Ltd

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Simpson, Robert Wilfred Levick (1921–1997), composer and radio producer, was born on 2 March 1921 in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, the son of Robert Warren Simpson, of Scottish descent, and his wife, Helena Hendrika, née Govaars, of Dutch descent. Both parents worked for the ...