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Grey, Clifford [real name Percival Davis] (1887–1941), lyricist, was born on 5 January 1887 at 106 St Luke's Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, the only child of George Davis, a whip manufacturer, and his wife, Emma Lowe. In 1899 Davis entered the Camp Hill Boys' School...

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Ewan MacColl (1915–1989) by Brian Shuel, 1962 [with Peggy Seeger] photograph Brian Shuel / Redferns

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MacColl, Ewan [formerly James Henry Miller] (1915–1989), songwriter, folk-singer, and playwright, was born James Henry Miller on 25 January 1915 at 4 Andrew Street, Broughton, Salford, Lancashire, the youngest and only surviving child in the family of three sons and one daughter (one of each sex was stillborn and one son died at the age of four) of ...

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MacColl, Ewan [formerly James Henry Miller] (1915–1989)

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Ropes, Arthur Reed [pseud. Adrian Ross] (1859–1933), lyricist and journalist, was born at Lewisham, London, on 23 December 1859, the youngest son of William Hooper Ropes, a Russia merchant, and his wife, Ellen Harriet, daughter of J. Drinkrow Hall, of Scarborough. Although ...

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Rubens, Paul Alfred (1875–1917), musical comedy writer and songwriter, was born at 11 Dawson Place, Kensington, London, on 29 April 1875, the eldest son of Victor Rubens, a wealthy Berlin-born Jewish stockbroker, and his wife, Jenny, née Wallach. He was educated at ...