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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
21st March 1968 Hill, Hawkins and Coghill's musical premieres in London
21st March 1963 David Hendon and Douglas Cross' musical premieres in London
21st March 1958 Actor Gary Oldman was born in New Cross, London.
21st March 1925 Born today: Peter Brook, London, director (1776)/TV writer
21st March 1888 Arthur Pinero's Sweet Lavender, premieres in London
21st March 1853 Alfred Cops, zookeeper at the Tower of London, died at the Tower of London 18 years after his menagerie closed.
21st March 1681 3rd Exclusion Parliament meets 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.