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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th January 1899 Born today: Nevil Shute [Norway], London, novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice)
17th January 1886 Born today: Ronald Firbank, London, novelist (Flower Beneath the Foot)
17th January 1775 R B Sheridan's Rivals, premieres in London
17th January 1670 Highwayman Claude Duval found guilty of 6 robberies and sentenced to death.
Pirate Johnny Kidd lived here
This is where pirate rocker Johnny Kidd grew up.
Location: 67 Leopold Road, Willesden
Description: Johnny Kidd (23 December 1935 7 October 1966) was the singer and songwriter with rock 'n roll band Johnny Kidd and the Pirates. They were one of the few pre-Beatles British rockers to gain worldwide success.
Johnny Kidd was born as Frederick Albert Heath here in 1935.
Their biggest hit was British Number 1 Shakin' All Over in 1960.
Kidd died at age 30 in 1966, in a motor car accident on the A58 in Lancashire. He was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium, London.