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Bolan, Marc [real name Mark Feld] (1947–1977), musician and poet, was born on 30 September 1947 in Hackney, London, the second child of Simeon Feld, cosmetics salesman (1920–1991), and his wife, Phyllis Winifred, née Atkins (1927–1991). The energy of 1950s rock'n'roll captivated the young ...

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Marc Bolan (1947–1977) by Keith Morris, 1972 © Keith Morris; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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J. W. Ebsworth

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Ebsworth, Joseph (1788–1868), playwright and musician, the elder son of Joseph and Isabella Ebsworth, was born at Islington, London, on 10 October 1788, and was in early life apprenticed to a watch-jeweller named Cornwall. He was a talented watch-mender and was later chosen to reconstruct the watch of the prince regent. Having a rich baritone voice, he joined the operatic company at ...

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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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Hudson, Robert (d. 1596), poet and musician, was associated with the court of King James VI of Scotland, and a musician of James's Chapel Royal. At the formation of 'the kingis hous' on 10 March 1568, Hudson was listed as one of the '...

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T. W. Bayne

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Hudson, Thomas (d. in or before 1605), musician and poet, was probably a native of the north of England, possibly Yorkshire. He spent most of his adulthood and professional life in Scotland as a musician and first appears in the list of '...

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Melly, (Alan) George Heywood (1926–2007), writer and singer, was born on 17 August 1926 at The Grange, St Michael's Hamlet, Toxteth, Liverpool, the elder son and eldest of three children of Francis Heywood Melly (1900–1961), wool broker, and his wife, Edith Maud (Maudie), ...

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(Alan) George Heywood Melly (1926–2007) by Maggi Hambling, 1998 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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R. C. K. Ensor

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Parker, Louis Napoleon (1852–1944), musician and playwright, was born at Luc-sur-Mer in Calvados, France, on 21 October 1852, the only son of an American, Charles Albert Parker, and his wife, Elizabeth Moray, an Englishwoman. His grandfather, Isaac Parker (1768–1830), had been chief justice of the ...

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Thicknesse [née Ford], Ann (1737–1824), writer and musician, was born on 22 February 1737 near the Temple, London, the only child of Thomas Ford (d. 1768), clerk of the arraigns, and his wife, formerly Miss Champion. Her father made sure that she had an unusually extensive education, which he claimed had cost him at least ...

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Ann Thicknesse (1737–1824) by Thomas Gainsborough, 1760 Cincinnati Art Museum, Bequest of Mary M. Emery