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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 ...

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Clifford, James (bap. 1622, d. 1698), Church of England clergyman and musician, son of Edward Clifford, a cook, was born at Oxford, in the parish of St Mary Magdalen, where he was baptized on 2 May 1622. He had three brothers and two sisters. He was a chorister at ...

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Cornelys [née Imer; married name Pompeati], (Anna Maria) Teresa [known as Madame Trenti, Mrs Smith] (1723?–1797), singer and impresario, was born in Venice, probably in 1723, to the Genoan actor and impresario Giuseppe Imer (d. 1758) and his wife. Many particulars of her life, especially before 1759, derive from ...

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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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C. L. Kingsford

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Harrison, William (1813–1868), singer and opera manager, the son of a coal merchant, was born at Marylebone, Middlesex, on 15 June 1813. After studying at the Royal Academy of Music he appeared from 1837 as a professional singer there and at the Sacred Harmonic Society...

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Mandikian, Arda (1924?–2009), singer and arts administrator, was born on 1 September 1924 (some sources suggest 1921) in Smyrna, Turkey, the daughter of Krikor Mandikian and his wife, Beatrike Ananian. Her parents, of Armenian descent, had escaped the Turkish massacres of Armenians in 1915. They settled in ...

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Most, Mickie [real name Michael Peter Hayes] (1938–2003), singer and record producer, was born on 20 June 1938 at Louise Margaret Hospital, Aldershot, Hampshire, the son of Harold Victor Hayes, a sergeant (later regimental sergeant-major) in the Royal Artillery, and his wife, ...

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Mickie Most (1938–2003) by unknown photographer, 1964 Getty Images

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L. M. Middleton

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Page, John (c. 1760–1812), singer and music editor, was from 1790 until 1795 lay clerk of St George's Chapel, Windsor, and he also deputized in the Chapel Royal and St Paul's Cathedral, as a tenor. In 1801 he was appointed vicar-choral at the cathedral. He was a professional member of the ...

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Harold Adolphus Phillips (1929–2000) by unknown photographer, 1961 [Phillips, sitting on left, with members of The Beatles] © KEYSTONE USA / Rex Features

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Phillips, Harold Adolphus [known as Lord Woodbine] (1929–2000), calypsonian and music promoter, was born on 15 January 1929 in Laventille, Trinidad, the fifth of the seven children of James Phillips, a Venezuelan-born butcher, and his wife, Edna, who was originally from Grenada...

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Wilson, Sir (James) Steuart (1889–1966), singer and musical administrator, was born on 21 July 1889 at Bristol, the youngest child of the Revd James Maurice Wilson (1836–1931), headmaster of Clifton College and later a canon of Worcester Cathedral, and his second wife, Georgina Mary Talbot (...

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Wood, Anne (1907–1998), singer and opera administrator, was born on 2 August 1907 at The Grange, Crawley, Sussex, a daughter of Percival Wood, JP for Sussex, and his wife, Eleanor. She was educated at St Mary's School, Calne, and studied singing with Elena Gerhardt...