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Crystal Palace

Overview page. Subjects: Music — British History.

Designed by Sir Joseph Paxton to house the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park in 1851, it was itself the greatest success of the Exhibition. Paxton based it upon the lily house he had built at...

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Dave Wilkins

Overview page. Subjects: British History — Music.

B. David Livingstone Wilkins, 25 September 1914, Barbados. Wilkins learned to play the trumpet playing in Salvation Army Bands in his native Barbados. In 1935 he moved to Trinidad to ...

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Ken ‘Snakehips’ Johnson

Overview page. Subjects: Music — British History.

B. Kendrick Reginald Huymans Johnson, 10 September 1914, Georgetown, British Guiana (now known as Guyana), d. 8 March 1941, London, England. Son of a Guyanese doctor and Surinamese mother,...

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Leslie ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson

Overview page. Subjects: Music — British History.

B. 1900, Grenada, West Indies, d. 18 August 1969. In his early teens Hutchinson was in New York, USA, where he studied law. In 1924 he was in Paris where ...

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Lord Kitchener

Overview page. Subjects: Music — British History.

B. Aldwyn Roberts, 18 April 1922, Arima, Trinidad, West Indies, d. 11 February 2000, Port Of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies. The self-styled ‘grand master of calypso’, Lord Kitchener was,...

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ska

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A style of Jamaican popular music which incorporated a range of influences including jazz; its heyday was from 1961 to 1965. A typical ska band consisted of piano, guitars, bass ...

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Winifred Atwell

Overview page. Subjects: Music — British History.

B. 27 April 1914, Tunapuna, Trinidad, d. February 1983, Sydney, Australia. Atwell began playing piano at the age of four, gave classical recitals when six and played concerts at the ...

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