Music

MusicThere are many more musicians and other people from the music industry who have a connection to Bournemouth or the surrounding area than you might imagine.



Don Partridge was an English singer and songwriter, popularly known as the King of the Buskers”, and had a one hit success with his song Rosie in 1968, when it reached #4 on the UK Singles charts. Born in Bournemouth in 1941, Don had an interesting early life, leaving home […]

Don Partridge


Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry was born in Bournemouth in 1848 and is best known for the choral song Jerusalem Hubert was the sixth child to be born to his upper middle class parents, three of his siblings dying while infants and his mother dying when he was 12 days […]

Hubert Parry



Richard Palmer-James is best known for writing the lyrics for a number of early King Crimson songs, and for being a founder member of the band Supertramp. He was born in Bournemouth in 1947, and played with various local bands before joining King Crimson. Richard wrote the lyrics for 3 […]

Richard Palmer-James


Well it’s not everyone that is born into a money family, but in 1942 George Bruno Money did just that, and yes the family name is actually “money”. George always had a love of music, playing the french horn and singing in the choir at school, and in 1961 having […]

Zoot Money


There are not many people who lived through the middle years of the 20th century who will not have heard some of the best loved songs from The Mantovani Orchestra, which was founded and led by Annunzio Paulo Mantovani. Mantovani was born in Venice, Italy in 1905, and in 1909 […]

Annunzio Paulo Mantovani



Lee Kerslake was born in Bournemouth in 1947 and is best known as drummer for Uriah Heep and the Ozzy Osbourne band. Lee first joined Uriah Heep in 1971, and played with the band until 1979, when he left but rejoined in 1982. He left the band in 2007 due […]

Lee Kerslake


Alex James is a musician and songwriter who is best known for playing bass and vocals with the band Blur. He was born as Stephen Alexander James in the Boscombe suburb of Bournemouth in 1968 and attended Bournemouth Grammar School, before going to Goldsmiths College in London, which is where […]

Alex James


John Hawken is a keyboard player who is best known for being a member of The Nashville Teens (best known for their single Tobacco Road) and he was also a founder member of Renaissance. John was born in Bournemouth in 1940, and studied classical piano at school, however his love […]

John Hawken



Gordon Haskell was born in 1946 in the village of Verwood, just north of Bournemouth. As a bass guitarist and vocalist, he is yet another of the members of King Crimson to come from the Bournemouth area. Preferring the musical style of Nat King Cole and Ray Charles to the […]

Gordon Haskell