b. 22 February 1938, Leeds, Yorkshire, England, d. 24 December 2002, Monmouth, South Wales. A pioneer of the English form of the traditional French chanson, the under-appreciated Thackray became better known for his more offbeat comic material. Raised in Leeds, Thackray studied modern languages at Durham University and began his working life as a secondary school teacher. He was exposed to the music of the chansonniers during teaching placements in Lille and Algeria, forging a songwriting partnership with Georges Brassens. Thackray returned to Leeds in the early 60s, working during the day as a teacher and spending his nights playing in local folk clubs. He appeared on the BBC regional television magazine Look North and the late-night show The Braden Beat, and made regular appearances on That’s Life and The David Frost Show.
From Encyclopedia of Popular Music in Oxford Reference.