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Aitken, Laurel [real name Oliver Anthony Stephens] (1925–2005), singer, songwriter, and record producer  

Steve Barker

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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Amoo, Edward Robert [Eddy] (1944–2018)  

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Eddy Amoo (1944–2018), by unknown photographer, 1977

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Amoo, Edward Robert [Eddy] (1944–2018), singer and songwriter  

Spencer Leigh

Amoo, Edward Robert [Eddy] (1944–2018), singer and songwriter, was born on 5 May 1944 at the Smithdown Road Infirmary, 126 Smithdown Road, Liverpool, the son of Robert Ofei Amoo (1917–1989), an engine greaser in the merchant navy, and his wife, ...

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Baldry, John William [known as Long John Baldry] (1941–2005), singer and guitarist  

Spencer Leigh

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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Black, Cilla [real name Priscilla White] (1943–2015)  

Maker: Terry O'Neill

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Cilla Black (1943–2015), by Terry O'Neill, 1990s

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Black, Cilla [real name Priscilla White] (1943–2015), singer and television presenter  

Johnny Rogan

Black, Cilla [real name Priscilla White] (1943–2015), singer and television presenter, was born on 27 May 1943 at 380 Scotland Road, Liverpool, the daughter of John Patrick White (1904–1971), dock labourer, and his wife, Priscilla, née Blythen (1911–1996...

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Bolan, Marc (1947–1977)  

Maker: Keith Morris

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Marc Bolan (1947–1977) by Keith Morris, 1972 © Keith Morris; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bolan, Marc [real name Mark Feld] (1947–1977), musician and poet  

Rikky Rooksby

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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Boswell, Eve [real name Eva Keleti] (1922–1998), popular singer  

Peter Gammond

Boswell, Eve [real name Eva Keleti] (1922–1998), popular singer, was born Eva Keleti in Budapest on 11 May 1922, the daughter of a couple who toured the music-halls as a musical act. She was educated in Budapest and later studied the piano at the ...

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Bowie, David (real name David Robert Jones) (1947–2016)  

Maker: Michael Ochs

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David Bowie (1947–2016), by Michael Ochs, 1976

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Bowie, David [real name David Robert Jones] (1947–2016), singer and actor  

Richard Weight

Bowie, David [real name David Robert Jones] (1947–2016), singer and actor, was born on 8 January 1947 at 40, Stansfield Road, Brixton, south London, as David Robert Burns, the son of Hayward Stenton (John) Jones (1912–1969) and Margaret Mary Burns...

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Brown, Errol Ainsworth Glenstor (1943–2015), singer and songwriter  

Chloe Govan

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, ...

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Brown, Errol Ainsworth Glenstor (1943–2015)  

Maker: Fin Costello

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

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Brown, Georgia (1933–1992), singer and actress  

Roger Philip Mellor

Brown, Georgia (1933–1992), singer and actress, was born Lilian Claire Klot on 21 October 1933 at 24 Underwood Street, Whitechapel, London, the daughter of Mark Klot, formerly Kleotz (1904–1981), fur cutter and part-time bookmaker, and his wife, Annie, née Kirschenbaum (1906–1988). At the time of her birth registration her parents lived at ...

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Browne, George Edric (1920–2007), singer, songwriter, and actor  

Val Wilmer

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...

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Browne, George Edric (1920–2007)  

Maker: V. Wilmer

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

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Capaldi, Nicola James [Jim] (1944–2005), musician, singer, and songwriter  

Ken Hunt

Capaldi, Nicola James [Jim] (1944–2005), musician, singer, and songwriter, was born on 2 August 1944 at 5 Avonside, Evesham, Worcestershire, the eldest of seven children of Nicola (Nicholas) Capaldi (1913–2005) and his wife, Marie, née Houchin (1913–1987). At the time of his birth registration the family lived at ...

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Carr, Pearl Lavinia (1921–2020), singer and entertainer  

Spencer Leigh

Carr, Pearl Lavinia (1921–2020), singer and entertainer, was born at 23 Egremont Road, Withycombe Raleigh, Exmouth, Devon, on 2 November 1921, the daughter of Thomas Horace Carr, a fish merchant and poulterer who later owned a fish and chip shop, and his wife, ...

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Cocker, John Robert [Joe] (1944–2014), singer  

Spencer Leigh

Cocker, John Robert [Joe] (1944–2014), singer, was born on 20 May 1944 at 38 Tasker Road, Crookes, Sheffield, the son of Harold Nathan Cocker (1907–2001), a civil servant then serving as an aircraftsman in the RAF, and his wife, ...

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Connolly, Brian Francis (1945–1997), rock singer  

John Van der Kiste

Connolly, Brian Francis (1945–1997), rock singer, was born on 5 October 1945 at 106 Aikenhead Road, Glasgow. He was apparently abandoned by his mother, a hotel waitress, soon after birth and raised by a nurse and her husband, who gave him the adoptive surname ...