British music stars born in 1916

Here are 12 famous musicians from United Kingdom were born in 1916:

Edward Heath

Edward Heath (July 9, 1916 Broadstairs-July 17, 2005 Salisbury) a.k.a. サー・エドワード・リチャード・ジョージ・ヒース was a British politician and journalist.

He served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1970 to 1974, leading the Conservative Party. Heath was also a Member of Parliament for almost 51 years, representing various constituencies in the House of Commons from 1950 until his retirement in 2001. Before entering politics, he was a talented musician, proficient on the piano, organ, and violin. Heath was a passionate advocate for European integration, launching the negotiations that culminated in Britain's entry into the European Economic Community (EEC) in 1973. His premiership saw significant reforms in education, industrial relations, and social welfare policies, including the creation of the Open University and the introduction of housing benefit. After resigning as Prime Minister in 1974, Heath remained an influential figure in British politics and continued to work on international issues, including serving as a negotiator in the Falklands War.

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Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl (September 13, 1916 Llandaff-November 23, 1990 Oxford) a.k.a. Roald Dal, Dahl, Roald or Ronald Dahl was a British writer, novelist, screenwriter, author and poet. He had five children, Tessa Dahl, Theo Matthew Dahl, Olivia Twenty Dahl, Ophelia Dahl and Lucy Dahl.

His albums include , Matilda, , , , , , , and .

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Denis ApIvor

Denis ApIvor (April 14, 1916 Collinstown-May 27, 2004) also known as Trevor Denis ApIvor was a British , .

Genres he performed include Opera.

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Lance Dossor

Lance Dossor (May 14, 1916 Weston-super-Mare-December 3, 2005 Adelaide) was a British pianist, teacher and virtuoso.

Genres he performed include Classical music.

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Ian Parrott

Ian Parrott (March 5, 1916 Streatham-September 4, 2012) also known as Parrott, Ian was a British , .

composer and arranger. He received his education at Bristol University and the Royal College of Music. Parrott served in various military bands during World War II and later worked for the BBC as a music producer. He is known for his contributions to choral music, having written numerous pieces for choir, including the popular "Twelve Songs of Christmas." Parrott also wrote music for films and television, such as the theme tune for the BBC children's show "Jackanory." He received several awards throughout his career, including the Order of the British Empire in 2004.

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Johnny Claes

Johnny Claes (August 11, 1916 London-February 3, 1956 Brussels) also known as Claes, Johnny was a British race car driver.

He was the son of a Scottish mother and a Belgian father, and would later become a jazz musician and bandleader in addition to his racing career. Claes began racing in the early 1930s and participated in Formula One races from 1950 to 1955. He won the 24 Hours of Francorchamps in 1950 and also competed in the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans. Claes is notable for being the first Belgian driver to compete in Formula One, and was known for his flamboyant personality both on and off the track. After retiring from racing, he focused on his music career and formed the Johnny Claes Jazz Band. He died in a car crash in Brussels at the age of 39.

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Davy Kaye

Davy Kaye (March 25, 1916 London-February 4, 1998) also known as Kaye, Davy was a British actor.

He was best known for his appearances in many British television shows and films during the 1950s and 1960s including "The Blue Parrot," "Z-Cars," "Doctor Who," and "The Saint." Davy's acting career began in the 1930s with stage productions in London's West End, and he also appeared in several films during the 1940s. He was also an accomplished dancer, appearing in several musical productions on stage and screen. He continued to act in television shows and films throughout the 1970s and 1980s, and was very well respected among his peers in the acting community. In addition to his work as an actor, Davy was also a talented writer and was known to write poetry and prose in his spare time.

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Yehudi Menuhin

Yehudi Menuhin (April 22, 1916 New York City-March 12, 1999 Berlin) also known as Menuhin, Yehudi, Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Baron Menuhin of Stoke d'Abernon or Yehudi Menuhin, Baron Menuhin, OM, KBE was a British conductor, writer, teacher, violist and violinist. His children are Krov Menuhin, Zamira Menuhin, Gerard Menuhin and Jeremy Menuhin.

Discography: Yehudi Menuhin: In Memoriam, Sir Yehudi Menuhin: The Maestro (disc 2) (feat. violin: Yehudi Menuhin), Les Introuvables de Yehudi Menuhin, Violin Concertos, Concertos pour violon, Concerto pour violon no. 2 / Sonate pour violon seul, Yehudi Menuhin plays Paganini, Yehudi Menuhin spielt Brahms, Beethoven, Bruch, Enescu: Violin Sonata No. 3 in A minor / Szymanowski: Notturno e tarantella / Prokofiev: Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor / Ravel (violin: Yehudi Menuhin) and Bach: Double Concerto In D Minor Piano Concerto In A Minor And C Major (Remastered). Genres he performed include Classical music and Jazz.

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Rosemary Brown

Rosemary Brown (July 27, 1916 London-November 16, 2001) was a British , .

psychic medium and politician. She claimed that she could communicate with spirits of deceased famous personalities such as Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Liszt, and Frederic Chopin. Brown documented her experiences in several books, including "Immortal Composer: The Life and Work of Beethoven as Revealed in His Own Words" and "Adventures in Immortality".

Aside from her spiritual work, Brown was also involved in politics. In the 1970s, she became a member of the British Labour Party and was later elected to the Hackney Borough Council in London. She also served as a Vice President of the Spiritualist Association of Great Britain.

Despite facing criticism and skepticism from some quarters, Brown remained steadfast in her beliefs and continued to communicate with the spirits throughout her life. Her legacy as a spiritualist and political figure continues to be remembered and studied.

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Max Geldray

Max Geldray (February 12, 1916 Amsterdam-October 2, 2004 Palm Springs) also known as Geldray, Max, Max van Gelder or Max Leon van Gelder was a British jazz musician and actor. His child is called Philip van Gelder.

Genres he performed: Jazz.

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Bernard Stevens

Bernard Stevens (March 2, 1916 London-January 6, 1983 Colchester) was a British film score composer.

He studied music at the Royal College of Music in London before becoming a freelance composer and arranger. Stevens wrote scores for over forty films, including "Cosh Boy" (1953), "Conflict of Wings" (1954), and "The Flesh and the Fiends" (1960). In addition to his work in film, he also composed music for television, radio, and the stage, including the play "Seagulls Over Sorrento" (1950) and the opera "The Shadow of the Glen" (1952). Stevens was known for his ability to create memorable and evocative melodies, as well as his use of contemporary techniques and instrumentation in his scores. He received numerous awards for his work, including the Ivor Novello Award for Best Film Score in 1961 for "The Day the Earth Caught Fire."

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Brion Gysin

Brion Gysin (January 19, 1916 Taplow-July 13, 1986 Paris) a.k.a. Brion Gyson, Gysin, Brion or John Clifford Brian Gysin was a British artist, writer, poet, painter, visual artist and music artist.

His albums: Self-Portrait Jumping, Mektoub, Songs, The Pool K III and Live in London 1982.

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