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Cotton, William Edward [Billy] (1899–1969), bandleader and radio and television broadcaster, was born on 27 May 1899 at 31 New Tothill Street, Westminster, London, the youngest of the ten children of Joseph Cotton, a water turncock, and his wife, Susan Harmer. He was educated at ...

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William Edward Cotton (1899–1969) by Yousuf Karsh Karsh / Camera Press, London

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Henry Robert Hall (1898–1989) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hall, Henry Robert (1898–1989), dance-bandleader and radio broadcaster, was born on 2 May 1898 at 23 Bonar Road, Peckham, London, the eldest son in the family of three sons and three daughters of Henry Robert Hall, blacksmith, and his wife, Kate Ellen Smith...

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Hopkins, (Ernest William) Antony (1921–2014), composer, conductor, and broadcaster, was born Ernest William Anthony Reynolds on 21 March 1921 at 13 Gardenia Road, Bush Hill Park, Edmonton, London, the third of four children of (Reginald) Hugh Reynolds (1891–1925) and his wife, ...

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Ledger, Sir Philip Stevens (1937–2012), conductor, pianist, and composer, was born on 12 December 1937 at Newdigate House, Knole Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex, the son of Walter Stephen Ledger (1907–1986), secretary of the Bexhill-on-Sea Building Society, and his wife, Winifred Kathleen, née Stevens (1911–2001)...