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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
16th January 1906 Born today: Diana Winyard, London, actress (Cavalcade)
16th January 1794 Edward Gibbon, historian (Decline and Fall), dies in London at 56
16th January 1759 British Museum opens in London
Paul Hardcastle's 19
Massive Eighties anti-war song '19' was recorded here.
Location: 98 Grove Green Road, Leytonstone, Waltham Forest
Description: Seminal Eighties anti-war hit '19' was recorded here by Paul Hardcastle. It was in his mother's living room that he famously used the short sample from Vietnam Requiem, a documentary about PTSD, specifically sampling the average age of a US soldier in Vietnam.
In 1985 the song spent five weeks at number one and became a massive hit around the world.
Paul Hardcastle has gone to become a jazz legend notching up 12 jazz chart topping singles in the US.