1-20 of 55 results  for:

Clear all

Article

Aitken, Laurel [real name Oliver Anthony Stephens] (1925–2005), singer, songwriter, and record producer, was born on 22 April 1925, in Jamaica, one of six children of a Jamaican father and a Cuban mother. His early years were spent in Havana, Cuba, but the family moved to ...

Image

Brown, Errol Ainsworth Glenstor (1943–2015), by Fin Costello, 1978

© Getty Images

Article

Brown, Errol Ainsworth Glenstor (1943–2015), singer and songwriter, was born on 12 November 1943 in Kingston, Jamaica. The result of a teenage pregnancy, he barely knew his police officer father, Ivan Brown, from whom his mother Edna (d. 1963), a secretary, had become estranged shortly after his birth. Desperate to rescue her son from a cultural backdrop of poverty and gang violence, ...

Article

Browne, George Edric (1920–2007), singer, songwriter, and actor, was born Edric Browne on 4 May 1920 in Corbeau Town, Port of Spain, Trinidad, the only son and youngest of three children of Ernest Browne, a government printer, and his wife, Frances, née Noriega...

Image

George Edric Browne (1920–2007) by V. Wilmer, 2005 © Val Wilmer

Image

Charles Coborn (1852–1945) by unknown photographer [in costume for the Monte Carlo song] Mander & Mitchenson Theatre Collection

Article

Coborn, Charles [real name Colin Whitton McCallum] (1852–1945), music-hall entertainer and songwriter, was born Colin Whitton McCallum on 4 August 1852 at 25 Sydney Square, Mile End, London, the son of Colin McCallum (1799–1872), shipbroker and freeman of the City of London...

Article

Curtis, Ian Kevin (1956–1980), musician, was the only son and eldest child of Kevin Curtis, a detective officer in the Transport Commission police, and his wife, Doreen, née Hughes. He was born on 15 July 1956 in the Memorial Hospital, Old Trafford, Manchester...

Image

Ian Kevin Curtis (1956–1980) by Kevin Cummins, 1979 Photography by Kevin Cummins / IDOLS; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

Image

Desmond Adolphus Dacres (1941–2006) by David Corio, 1985 Getty Images

Article

Dacres, Desmond Adolphus [known as Desmond Dekker] (1941–2006), singer and songwriter, was born on 16 July 1941 in St Andrew, on the outskirts of Kingston, Jamaica. Little is known about his childhood except that after his mother's early death his father, desiring a proper education for his son, sent him to live with relatives in the quiet country town of ...

Article

de Paul, Lynsey [real name Lynsey Monckton Rubin] (1948–2014), songwriter, singer, and pianist, was born on 11 June 1948 at Nuffield House, Southwark, London, the younger child of Herbert Paul Rubin (1912–1988), property developer, and his wife Meta, née...

Article

Denny, Alexandra Elene MacLean [Sandy] (1947–1978), singer and songwriter, was born at Nelson Hospital, Merton, Surrey, on 6 January 1947, the youngest child of Neil MacLean Denny, a civil servant, and his wife, Edna Marjorie, née Jones, of Wimbledon, Surrey. She attended nearby ...

Article

Drake, Nicholas Rodney [Nick] (1948–1974), singer and songwriter, was born on 19 June 1948 in Rangoon, Burma, the only son of Rodney Drake (1908–1988), an engineer, and his wife, Molly, née Lloyd (1915–1993). An elder sister, Gabrielle (b. 1944), became well known as an actress. The ...

Article

Dury, Ian Robins (1942–2000), popular singer, songwriter, and actor, was born on 12 May 1942 at 43 Weald Rise, Harrow Weald, Harrow, Middlesex, the only child of William George Dury (d. 1968) and Margaret Cuthbertson (Peggy) Dury, formerly Walker (d. 1995)...

Article

Fragson, Harry [real name Léon Philippe Pot] (1869–1913), singer and songwriter, was born at 4 Old Compton Street, London, on 2 July 1869, the son of Victor Pot (c.1832–1914), a French hotel-keeper, and his Belgian cook, Léontine Winand (d...

Image

Billy Fury (1940–1983) by Harry Hammond, 1960 V&A Images, The Victoria and Albert Museum; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

Article

Fury, Billy [real name Ronald Wycherley] (1940–1983), singer and songwriter, was born on 17 April 1940 at the Smithdown Road Infirmary, 126 Smithdown Road, Sefton, Liverpool, the elder son of Albert Edward Wycherley, a shoe repairer, and his wife, Sarah Jane (known as Jean), ...

Article

Garrity, Frederick [Freddie] (1936–2006), singer, was born at 123 Crescent Road, Crumpsall, Manchester, on 14 November 1936, the son of Frederick Garrity, general labourer, later dye mixer, and his wife, Elsie, née Clynes. At the time of his birth his parents lived at ...

Article

Gibb, Maurice Ernest (1949–2003), musician, was born on 22 December 1949 in Douglas, Isle of Man, the younger twin and third of the four sons of Hugh Leslie (Hughie) Gibb (1916–1992), a Manchester-based ballroom bandleader, and his wife, the singer Barbara May, ...