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Chesney, Ronald [real name René Lucien Cadier] (1920–2018), harmonica player and scriptwriter scriptwriter  

Anthony Hayward

Chesney, Ronald [real name René Lucien Cadier] (1920–2018), harmonica player and scriptwriter, was born on 4 May 1920 at 224 High Street, Lewisham, London, the younger son and youngest of three children of French parents, (Joseph) Marius Cadier (1884–1965), a Huguenot silk trader, and his wife, ...

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Ferrars, Ernest Richard D'Arcy de (1855–1929), musician and pageant master  

Roy Judge

Ferrars, Ernest Richard D'Arcy de (1855–1929), musician and pageant master, was born Ernest Richard D'Arcy Ferris on 2 April 1855 at 24 Belvedere, Bath, the youngest of the eight children of Samuel Charles Ferris (1806–1858), of the Indian Civil Service, and his wife, ...

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Fisher, David (1788–1858), actor and musician  

Moira Field

Fisher, David (1788–1858), actor and musician, was born on 29 December 1788 in St Giles's, Norwich, the eldest of the five surviving children of David (I) Fisher (1760–1832), who was at that time a singer and actor at the Norwich Theatre Royal, and his wife, ...

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Fisher, David Nunn [known as David Fisher] (1816–1887), actor and musician  

Moira Field

Fisher, David Nunn [known as David Fisher] (1816–1887), actor and musician, was born in July 1816 at East Dereham, Norfolk, the first child and only son of David Fisher (1788–1858), actor, musician, and painter, and his first wife, F. B. Bane, (1788/9–1818)...

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Hoffnung, Gerard (1925–1959)  

Maker: Peter Keen

Gerard Hoffnung (1925–1959) by Peter Keen, late 1950s © Peter Keen; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hoffnung, Gerard [formerly Gerhardt] (1925–1959), cartoonist and musical humorist  

Richard Ingrams

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Hoffnung, Gerard [formerly Gerhardt] (1925–1959), cartoonist and musical humorist, was born in Grünewald, Berlin, on 22 March 1925, the only child of German-Jewish parents, Ludwig Hoffnung, a wealthy grain merchant, and his wife, Hilde, a widow, whose first husband, Schnabel, was killed in the First World War. His mother was a keen amateur musician and artist who encouraged his artistic talents. From his earliest years he was interested in the macabre—fairy tales, practical jokes, and the comic drawings of the famous German illustrators and caricaturists....

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Kaye [Quaye], Cab [real name Augustus Nii-Lante Kwamlah Quaye] (1921–2000), musician, singer, and entertainer  

Val Wilmer

Kaye [Quaye], Cab [real name Augustus Nii-Lante Kwamlah Quaye] (1921–2000), musician, singer, and entertainer, was born at 53 Torrington Square, Bloomsbury, London, on 3 September 1921, the only son and elder of the two children of Caleb Jonas Quaye (Ga name Kobla Quaye), (...

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Kimber, William (1872–1961)  

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William Kimber (1872–1961) by unknown photographer, 1912 courtesy EFDSS

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Kimber, William (1872–1961), morris dancer and musician  

Michael Heaney

Kimber, William (1872–1961), morris dancer and musician, was born on 8 September 1872 at Huggett's Cottage, Old Road, Headington Quarry, Oxford, eldest of the four sons and two daughters of William Kimber (1849–1931), builder, and his wife, Sophia Ann (1850–1931), née Kimber, smocker, of ...

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Pasquali, Nicolò [Niccolò] (1717/18–1757), musician and actor  

David J. Golby

Pasquali, Nicolò [Niccolò] (1717/18–1757), musician and actor, was born in Cosenza, Italy. Little is known of his life until he arrived in London about 1743, accompanied by his younger brother Francis Pasquali (fl. 1743–1795), also a musician, as well as a publisher, scene designer, and impresario...

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Race, Stephen Russell [Steve] (1921–2009), musician and broadcaster  

Spencer Leigh

Race, Stephen Russell [Steve] (1921–2009), musician and broadcaster, was born in the St Catherine's area of Lincoln on 1 April 1921, the second son of Russell Tinniswood Race, solicitor, and his wife, (Annie) Robina, née Hurley (d. 1964). His grandfather Joseph Russell Race (1848–1880)...

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Wells, William Nathan [Jinky] (1868–1953), morris dancer and musician  

Michael Heaney

Wells, William Nathan [Jinky] (1868–1953), morris dancer and musician, was born on 30 January 1868 at Mill Arches, Weald, Bampton, Oxfordshire, the illegitimate elder son of Sarah Ann Taylor (1849–1932). Born into a complex of interrelated morris-dancing families, within his own community he was known as ...