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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
27th May 1993 Jan Wiley, actress (Underdog, Brute Man, She Wolf of London), dies
27th May 1957 Siouxsie Sioux, singer of punk rockers Siouxsie and the Banshees, was born in London.
27th May 1922 Born today: Christopher Lee, London England, actor (Hound of Baskervilles)
27th May 1898 Arthur Pinero's Trelawney of the 'Wells', premieres in London
27th May 1199 The Coronation of John I in Westminster Abbey.
Sir John Dankworth lived here
The jazz legend lived here during his youth.
Location: 16 Hollywood Way, Highams Park
Description: This is the childhood home of jazz legend Sir John Dankworth (1927-2010). He was a saxophonist and clarinetist, and played with jazz icons such as Charlie Parker and scored a number of films. He was born here to a house of musicians and attended Sir George Monoux College in Walthamstow nearby.
He was described as the UK's 'first major jazz musician' and a plaque was unveiled here in October 2011. Sadly it wasn't very good; featuring a spelling mistake 'Saxophinist' and the nickname he disliked 'Johnny'. It was replaced in 2013.
He was married to acclaimed scat singer Dame Cleo Laine who unveiled both plaques.