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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
25th April 1946 Christopher Fry's Phoenix too Frequent, premieres in London
25th April 1944 Strictly star Len Goodman was born in Bethnal Green.
25th April 1896 Sidney Jones and Harry Greenbacks musical premieres in London
25th April 1660 London Convention Parliament begins
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.