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Thomas Augustine Arne (1710–1778) by William Humphrey, pubd 1778 (after Robert Dunkarton, c. 1770) © Copyright The British Museum

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Arne, Thomas Augustine (1710–1778), composer and musical performer, was born in King Street, Covent Garden, London, on 12 March 1710, the son of Thomas Arne (bap. 1682, d. 1736) [see under Arne family], upholsterer and undertaker, and his second wife, Anne, ...

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Ayrton, Edmund (1734–1808), composer and musician, was born on 21 October 1734 at Ripon, Yorkshire, the third of the four surviving children of Edward Ayrton (1698–1774), alderman and later mayor and magistrate of the borough of Ripon, and his wife, Catherine (1701?–1781), daughter of ...

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Baldry, John William [known as Long John Baldry] (1941–2005), singer and guitarist, was born at East Haddon Hall, East Haddon, Northamptonshire, on 12 January 1941, the first of three children of William James Baldry (1915–1990), a Metropolitan Police constable, and his wife, ...

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Barreto, Don Marino [real name José Bernabé Marino Barreto y Casanova] (1907–1995), pianist and singer, was born on 11 June 1907 in Havana, Cuba, the eldest among the three sons of José Marino Barreto y Lopez, a doctor, dental surgeon, and politician, and his wife, whose maiden name was ...

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Beale, William (1784–1854), organist and singer, was born at Landrake, Cornwall, on 1 January 1784. He was a chorister at Westminster Abbey under Samuel Arnold and Robert Cooke until his voice broke, after which he served as a midshipman on board the Révolutionnaire...

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Blow, John (1648?–1708), musician and composer, was baptized at St Mary Magdalene, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, on 23 February 1649. The record of his doctorate at Lambeth Palace confirms the identification; the age on his marriage allegation suggests that he was born in 1648. He was the second of three children of ...

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John Blow (1648?–1708) by Robert White, pubd 1700 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Lucy Etheldred Broadwood (1858–1929) by unknown photographer, 1901 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Broadwood, Lucy Etheldred (1858–1929), musician and folk-song collector, was born on 9 August 1858 at Pavilion House, Melrose, Scotland, the youngest of the eleven children of Henry Fowler Broadwood (1811–1893), piano manufacturer, and his wife, Juliana Maria, née Birch (1816–1898). She was the great-granddaughter of ...

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Henry Burstow (1826–1916) by Bonmarché, c. 1911 Horsham Museum (Horsham District Council)

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Burstow, Henry (1826–1916), singer and bell-ringer, was born on 11 December 1826 at 34 The Bishopric, Horsham, Sussex, the second youngest of nine children. His father, William (b. 1781), and mother, Ellen (d. 1857) made clay tobacco pipes; their home, in the poorest and roughest part of ...

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Corfe, Joseph (1740–1820), singer and organist, was born in Salisbury on 25 December 1740 and baptized on 9 February 1741, the son of Joseph Corfe (b. 1705). The family had evidently lived there since 1692, when his paternal grandfather (John, (...

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Davies, Mary Ann [Marianne] (1743/4–1818), instrumentalist and singer, was the daughter of the flautist and composer Richard Davies (d. 1773) and sister of the soprano Cecilia Davies. She is often found in reference books as Marianne Davies, the form of her name that she used when writing in French. At her first public appearance at the age of seven at ...

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Davis, Miss (b. c. 1736, d. in or after 1755), musician and singer, was the daughter of Mr Davis (fl. 1735–1745), an organist, harpsichordist, and composer, and the singer Mrs Davis (fl. 1730–1751), sister of the violinist John Clegg and the singer ...

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Anthony James Donegan (1931–2002) by unknown photographer Rex Features

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Donegan, Anthony James [Lonnie] (1931–2002), singer, was born on 29 April 1931 in Glasgow, the son of a Scot, Peter John Donegan, violinist, and his Irish wife, Mary Josephine, née Deighan. Although his father played with the Royal National Scottish Orchestra, he did not encourage his son's musical abilities as he regarded his own employment as precarious. Seeking more regular employment, the family moved to ...