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Encyclopedia > Ian Dury
Ian Dury, in a look combining Gene Vincent with a Cockney pearly king.
Ian Dury, in a look combining Gene Vincent with a Cockney pearly king.

Ian Dury (May 12, 1942March 27, 2000) was an English rock and roll singer, songwriter, and bandleader. He is best known as founder and lead singer of the British band Ian Dury and the Blockheads, though he began his musical career in pub rock act Kilburn and the High Roads. Image File history File links Dc869752. ... Image File history File links Dc869752. ... A Cockney, in the loosest sense of the word, is a working-class inhabitant of the East End of London. ... A Pearly King (feminine form Pearly Queen) is a person dressed in a traditional cockney costume covered in mother-of-pearl buttons. ... May 12 is the 132nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (133rd in leap years). ... This article is about the year. ... March 27 is the 86th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (87th in Leap years). ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location (dark green) within the United Kingdom (light green), with the Republic of Ireland (blue) to its west Languages None official English de facto Capital None official London de facto Largest city London Area – Total Ranked... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Pub rock was a mid- to late-1970s musical movement, largely centred around North London and South East Essex, particularly Canvey Island and Southend on Sea. ...

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Early life

Dury, who was born in Upminster, Havering, lived with the effects of polio, which he contracted at the age of seven — very likely, he believed, from a swimming pool at Southend on Sea. His 1981 song "Spasticus Autisticus," intended to mark the International Year of the Disabled, was banned by the BBC despite having been written by a disabled person. The lyrics were uncompromising: Upminster is a place in the London Borough of Havering. ... The London Borough of Havering is a London borough in East London and forms part of Outer London. ... Poliomyelitis (polio), or infantile paralysis, is a viral paralytic disease. ... Southend-on-Sea is a seaside resort and unitary authority in the East of England. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world. ...

So place your hard-earned peanuts in my tin
And thank the Creator you're not in the state I'm in
So long have I been languished on the shelf
I must give all proceedings to myself

The song's refrain, "I'm spasticus, autisticus" was inspired by the response of the rebellious Roman gladiators in the film Spartacus, who, when instructed to identify their leader, all answered, "I am Spartacus," to protect him. Pollice Verso, an 1872 painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme, is a well known history painters researched conception of a gladiatorial combat. ... Spartacus is a 1960 film by Stanley Kubrick based on the historical novel of the same name by Howard Fast. ... Kirk Douglas in the title role of the 1960 film Spartacus. ...


Dury left school at 16 to study at Walthamstow Art College. In 1964 he won a place at the Royal College of Art where he was taught by the eminent British artist Peter Blake and, in 1967, Dury himself started teaching art at various colleges in the south of England. When asked why he did not pursue a career in art, he once said, "I got good enough [at art] to realise I wasn't going to be very good." Walthamstow is a town in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. ... The Royal College of Art in South Kensington, London. ... Blakes album cover Sir Peter Thomas Blake (born June 25, 1932) is a British pop artist, best known for his design of the sleeve for The Beatles album Sgt. ...


Dury married his first wife Betty Rathnell in 1967 and they had two children, Baxter and Jemima. They divorced in 1985 and Betty died of cancer in 1994. [1]


Kilburn and the High Roads

Dury was inspired to form Kilburn and the High Roads (a pun on the road in north London) in 1971 following the death of his hero Gene Vincent (with whom he may have identified because he also had a leg disability). Dury was vocalist and lyricist, co-writing with pianist Russell Hardy and later enrolling into the group a number of the students he was teaching at Canterbury School of Art, including guitarist Keith Lucas and bassist Humphrey Ocean. The Kilburns found favour on London's Pub Rock circuit and signed to Dawn Records in 1974, but despite favourable press coverage and a tour opening for The Who, the group failed to rise above cult status. The group disbanded in 1975. Kilburn High Road is the main road in the Kilburn area of London. ... Gene Vincent, real name Vincent Eugene Craddock (February 11, 1935 – October 12, 1971) was an American rockabilly pioneer musician, best known for his hit Be-Bop-A-Lula. He started playing in various country bands in his native Norfolk, Virginia after leaving the United States Navy with a permanent leg... The Kent Institute of Art & Design (KIAD - often pronounced phonetically as ) was an art school based across three campuses in the county of Kent, in the United Kingdom. ... The Who are a British rock band that first came to prominence in the 1960s. ...


The Blockheads

The original UK 45rpm single picture cover of Ian Dury and the Blockheads' — Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
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The original UK 45rpm single picture cover of Ian Dury and the Blockheads' — Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick

Managed by Andrew King, Ian Dury and The Blockheads had several hit singles, including "What a Waste", "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick" (which was a UK number one at the beginning of 1979, selling just short of a million copies), "Reasons to be Cheerful (Part Three)" (number three in the UK), and the rock and roll anthem "Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll", often credited with introducing the phrase to the language. Ian Dury and the Blockheads - Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick. ... Ian Dury and the Blockheads - Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick. ... Look up single in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A rock and roll anthem is a celebratory rock and roll song. ... The song Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll is a rock and roll anthem from 1977, performed by Ian Dury & the Blockheads. ...


Dury's lyrics were a unique combination of lyrical poetry, word play, observation of British everyday (working-class) life, acute character sketches and scatalogical humour: Poetry (from Ancient Greek: (poiéo/poió) = I create / I make / I do / I cause) is traditionally a written art form in which human language is used for its aesthetic qualities in addition to, or instead of, its notional and semantic content. ... Word play is a literary technique in which the nature of the words used themselves become part of the subject of the work. ...

Home improvement expert Harold Hill of Harold Hill,
Of do-it-yourself dexterity and double glazing skill,
Came home to find another gentleman's kippers in the grill.
So he sanded off his winkle with a Black & Decker drill...
(from This Is What We Find)
I had a love affair with Nina
In the back of my Cortina
A seasoned-up hyena
Could not have been more obscener
She took me to the cleaners
And other misdemeanours
But I got right up between her
Rum and her Ribena...
(from Billericay Dickie)

The Blockheads' eclectic sound meanwhile was drawn from their many musical influences which included jazz, rock and roll, funk and reggae, not to mention Dury's love of music hall. Harold Hill is also the name of a fictional character in the musical The Music Man, a con man who attempts to swindle an Iowa town by giving fake music lessons. ... Large hardware stores have fueled the DIY ambitions of America Do it yourself or DIY refers to the practice of fabricating or repairing things on ones own rather than purchasing them or paying for professional repair. ... Insulated glazing is a piece of glazing consisting of two or more layers of glazing separated by a spacer along the edge and sealed to create a dead air space between the layers. ... An affair is a euphemism for a situation where two people are involved in an illicit sexual, romantic and/or passionate attachment, usually for a limited duration. ... The penis (plural penises or penes) or phallus is an external male sexual organ. ... Black & Decker NYSE: BDK is a corporation based in Towson, Maryland best known for power tools and home appliances. ... The Ford Cortina was a midsize car sold by Ford of Britain. ... Sexual arousal is the process and state of an animal being ready for sexual activity. ... Genera Crocuta Hyaena Parahyaena Proteles Hyenas (or Hyænas) are moderately large terrestrial carnivores native to Africa and Asia. ... Caribbean rum, circa 1941 For other uses, see Rum (disambiguation). ... Ribena (trademark) is a brand of uncarbonated soft drink made by GlaxoSmithKline, containing blackcurrant juice. ... Billericay is a town in the Basildon district of Essex in England. ... Jazz is an original American musical art form originating around the start of the 20th century in New Orleans, rooted in Western music technique and theory, and is marked by the profound cultural contributions of African Americans. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Funk is a distinct style of music originated by African-Americans, e. ... Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica. ... Music Hall is a form of British theatrical entertainment which reached its peak of popularity between 1850 and 1960. ...


The band were formed when Dury had a chance encounter with guitarist Chaz Jankel. Jankel took Dury's lyrics, fashioned a number of songs, and they began recording with members of Radio Caroline's Loving Awareness Band, drummer Charley Charles, bassist Norman Watt-Roy, keyboard player Mickey Gallagher and the former Kilburns saxophonist Davey Payne. An album was completed, but major record labels passed on the band. However, next door to Dury's manager's office was the newly formed Stiff Records, a perfect home for Dury's maverick style. The classic single Sex & Drugs & Rock and Roll marked Dury's Stiff debut and this was swiftly followed by the album New Boots and Panties!, which was to eventually achieve platinum status. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Gallagher (right) with Eric Burdon. ... The Stiff Records record label was created in London in 1976, at the outset of the punk boom by entrepreneurs Dave Robinson and Andrew Jakeman (aka Jake Riviera). ... New Boots and Panties!! is a 1977 album by Ian Dury. ...


It wasn't until October 1977 that Dury and his band started to go out as Ian Dury and the Blockheads, when the band signed up for the Stiff "Live Stiffs Tour" alongside Elvis Costello And The Attractions, Nick Lowe, Wreckless Eric and Larry Wallis. The tour was a success and Stiff launched a concerted Ian Dury marketing campaign, resulting in the Top Ten hit What a Waste and the classic UK number one Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick. The band toured to great acclaim throughout Europe. Declan Patrick Aloysius MacManus, aka Elvis Costello. ... Cover of The Convincer (2001) Nick Lowe (born March 24, 1949) is a rock and roll singer-songwriter and producer. ... Wreckless Eric (Born Eric Goulden on May 18, 1954 in Newhaven, East Sussex) is a rock and roll singer/ songwriter. ... Larry Wallis is a guitarist, songwriter and producer for Stiff Records. ...


The band's second album Do It Yourself was released in June 1979 in a Barney Bubbles-designed sleeve of which there were over a dozen variations, all based on samples from the Crown wallpaper catalogue. Another top ten single, Reasons to be Cheerful, kept Dury in the public eye. Colin Fulcher aka Barney Bubbles (1942 - 1983) was a British graphic designer and video director. ... Crown Wallpaper (aka Crown Wallpaper Company) was an agglomeration of wallpaper manufacturers in the United Kingdom in 1899. ... Mary Cassatts painting of two ladies drinking tea in a room with red-blue striped wallpapers. ...


In 1980 Jankel left The Blockheads to concentrate on a solo career and was replaced by former Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson, who also contributed to the next album Laughter and its two minor hit singles. In 1980-81 Dury and Jankel teamed up again with Sly and Robbie to record Lord Upminster. Dr. Feelgood is a nickname given to physicians who overprescribe psychoactive medications. ... Wilko Johnson (born John Wilkinson on 12 July 1947, in Canvey Island) is a guitarist particularly associated with 1970s British rhythm and blues band Dr. Feelgood. ... Sly and Robbie are probably reggaes most prolific and long lasting production team. ...


Ian Dury And The Blockheads disbanded in 1981 after Dury secured a new recording deal with Polydor Records through A&R man Frank Neilson, choosing to work with a group of young musicians which he named The Music Students and recorded the album Four Thousand Weeks' Holiday. This album marked a departure from his usual style and was not as well received by fans for its American jazz influence. In 1998, following Dury's diagnosis with cancer, he reunited with the Blockheads to record the well-received album Mr Love-Pants and play a number of live dates. Polydor Records is a record label once headquartered in Germany. ...


The Blockheads continued after Dury's death, although their style of music has changed slightly. They have released one solo album, Where's The Party, and are currently recording a second. The Blockheads still tour , and regally play live dates; however many of the members have other bands, and solo albums. For more information visit their website.


Acting and other activities

Dury had small parts in several films, probably the most well-known of which was Peter Greenaway's The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover, as well as cameo appearances in Roman Polanski's Pirates and the Sylvester Stallone science fiction film Judge Dredd. He also wrote a musical, Apples, staged in London's Royal Court Theatre. He had a small supporting role in The Crow: City of Angels, directed by Tim Pope, who had helmed a few of Dury's music videos. He also appeared alongside fellow cult songwriters Bob Dylan and Tom Waits, respectively, in the movies Hearts of Fire (1987) and Bearskin: An Urban Fairytale (1989). Peter Greenaway Peter Greenaway (b. ... The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover is a 1989 film by director Peter Greenaway starring Richard Bohringer, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren and Alan Howard in the titular roles. ... Since its first use in 1851, a cameo role or cameo appearance has been a brief appearance in a play (or later, a movie) that stands out against the general context for its éclat or dramatic punch. ... Roman PolaÅ„ski at Cannes with Adrien Brody, 2002 Roman PolaÅ„ski (born August 18, 1933) is a Franco-Polish film director and actor. ... Sylvester Stallone in The Contender Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone (born July 6, 1946 in New York City) is an American film actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. ... Judge Dredd (Joseph Dredd or Joe Dredd) is a comics character whose strip in the British science fiction anthology 2000 AD is the magazines longest running (having been featured there since its second issue in 1977). ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theatre combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... The Royal Court Theatre is a non-commercial theatre in Sloane Square, in the Chelsea area of London noted for its contributions to modern theatre. ... The Crow: City of Angels is the 1996 sequel to cult movie and comic The Crow by James OBarr. ... Tim Pope is a film director most famous for his pop videos, including The Cure, David Bowie, Neil Young and The The. ... A music video (also promo) is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and poet whose enduring contributions to American song are often compared, in fame and influence, to those of Stephen Foster, Irving Berlin, Woody Guthrie, and Hank Williams. ... Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. ...


Dury wrote and performed the theme song Profoundly in Love with Pandora for the television series The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 (1985), based on the book of the same name by Sue Townsend, as well as its follow-up The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole (1987). Adrian Albert Mole (born April 2, 1967) is the fictional protagonist in a series of books by Sue Townsend. ... Sue Townsend (born April 2, 1946) is the author of the Adrian Mole series of books. ... Adrian Albert Mole (born April 2, 1967) is the fictional protagonist in a series of books by Sue Townsend. ...


When AIDS first came to prominence in the mid-1980s, Dury was among celebrities who appeared on UK television to promote safe sex, demonstrating how to put on a condom using a model of an erect penis. While Dury undertook the task with the seriousness it deserved, it was difficult for viewers not to find some humour in the pairing of a man whose surname was often subject to the playground pun "Ian Durex" with a radio DJ called Janice Long. The Red Ribbon is a symbol for solidarity with HIV-positive people and those living with AIDS. Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS or Aids) is a collection of symptoms and infections in humans resulting from the specific damage to the immune system caused by infection with... Safe sex, also called safer sex, is a set of practices designed to reduce the risk of transmitting sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) (also known as sexually-transmitted diseases or STDs). ... A condom sealed in typical packaging A condom is a device, usually made of latex or more recently polyurethane, that is used during sexual intercourse to reduce the risk of pregnancy and/or some sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV. Condoms are sometimes used for non... The brand Durex is used for a number of unrelated products around the world. ... DJ or dj may stand for Disc jockey, dinner jacket The DeadJournal website, or Djibouti. ... Janice Long (born April 5, 1955) is a Liverpudlian radio broadcaster in the UK, the sister of TV personality Keith Chegwin. ...


In the 1990s, he became an ambassador for UNICEF, recruiting stars such as Robbie Williams to publicise the cause. The two visited Sri Lanka in this capacity to promote polio vaccination. He was also involved with the charity Cancer Bacup. An ambassador, rarely embassador, is a diplomatic official accredited to a foreign sovereign or government, or to an international organization, to serve as the official representative of his or her own country. ... UNICEF Logo The United Nations Childrens Fund or UNICEF (Arabic: ; French: ; Spanish: ) was established by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 1946. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Vaccination is the process of administering live, albeit weakened, microbes to patients, with the intent of conferring immunity against a targeted form of a related disease agent. ...


Illness

It was known for some time before his death that Dury had cancer. In 1998, his death was incorrectly announced on XFM radio by Bob Geldof, possibly due to hoax information from a listener. Upon hearing of his illness Dury took the opportunity to marry his girlfriend, sculptor Sophie Tilson, with whom he had two young children, Billy and Albert. it is carsenogetic and is found is pens in pauls pencil case, toilet paper and tissues When normal cells are damaged beyond repair, they are eliminated by apoptosis. ... Various notable people have had their death announced in error. ... Xfm is a brand of commercial radio stations focused on current and unsigned alternative music and owned by GCap Media in the United Kingdom. ... Bob Geldof Robert Frederick Xenon Bob Geldof, KBE (born October 5, 1951) is an Irish singer, songwriter, actor and political activist. ... Sculptor redirects here. ...


Ian Dury & The Blockheads' last performance was a charity concert in aid of Cancer Bacup on February 6, 2000 at The London Palladium. Dury was noticeably ill and had to be helped on and off stage. He could not stand unaided for most of the evening but delivered a powerful and uncompromised performance. The Blockheads have continued performing without Dury since his death. Allegorical personification of Charity as a mother with three infants by Anthony van Dyck Charity, meaning selfless giving, is one conventional English translation of the Greek term agapē. // Etymology In the 1400, charity meant the state of love or simple affection which one was in or out of regarding one... February 6 is the 37th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... The London Palladium in 2004 The London Palladium is one of the most famous of Londons West End theatres. ...


Dury died of colorectal cancer in 2000. One of his obituaries read: "one of few true originals of the English music scene" (The Guardian). Meanwhile, he was described by Suggs, the singer with Madness as "possibly the finest lyricist we've seen." Colorectal cancer, also called colon cancer or bowel cancer, includes cancerous growths in the colon, rectum and appendix. ... The Guardian is a British newspaper owned by the Guardian Media Group. ... Suggs Suggs (born Graham McPherson on 13 January 1961 in Hastings), is a British singer, best known as a vocalist of the popular second wave ska band, Madness. ... Madness are a British ska band who achieved most of their success in the 1980s. ...


The Ian Dury website opened an online book of condolence shortly after his death, which was signed by hundreds of fans, and the 250 mourners at his funeral included fellow musicians Suggs and Jools Holland as well as "celebrity fans" such as Mo Mowlam. Jools Holland at the Tsunami Relief concert in Cardiffs Millennium Stadium, January 22nd 2005 Julian Miles Holland OBE, known as Jools Holland, (born January 24, 1958), is a British pianist, bandleader, television presenter, architectural eccentric and pop music enthusiast. ... The Right Honourable Marjorie Mo Mowlam (September 18, 1949 - August 19, 2005) was a British politician, former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Labour MP. Her personal charisma, reputation for plain speaking and successful fight against a brain tumour led her to be perceived by many as one of...


Dury's son, Baxter Dury, is also a singer. He sang a few of his father's songs at the wake after the funeral, and has released his own albums, Len Parrot's Memorial Lift and Floor Show.


In 2002, a musical bench was placed in Poet's Corner, near Pembroke Lodge, within Richmond Park, South-West London, being a favoured viewing spot of Dury's. This solar-powered seat was intended to allow visitors to plug in and listen to eight of his songs as well as an interview, but has been subjected to repeated vandalism. A corner of the Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park Richmond Park is the largest of the Royal parks in London, close to Richmond upon Thames, Kingston upon Thames and East Sheen. ... London is the capital city of the United Kingdom and of England and is the most populous city in the European Union. ... Solar power describes a number of methods of harnessing energy from the light of the sun. ... A caricature of Gustave Courbet taking down a Morris column, published by Le Père Duchêne illustré magazine Vandalism is the conspicuous defacement or destruction of a structure or symbol against the will of the owner/governing body. ...


Discography

Singles

  • Rough Kids / Billy Bentley (1974)
  • Crippled With Nerves / Huffety Puff (1975)
  • Sex and Drugs and Rock & Roll / Razzle In My Pocket (1977) #?
  • Sweet Gene Vincent / You're More Than Fair (1977) #?
  • Sex and Drugs and Rock & Roll / Two Stiff Steep Hills / England's Glory (1977) - NME Give-a-way
  • What A Waste / Wake Up And Make With Me (1978) UK #9
  • Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick / There Ain't Half Been Some Clever Bastards (1978) UK #1
  • Billy Bentley / Pam's Moods (1978)
  • Reasons To Be Cheerful (PT .3) / Common As Muck (1979) UK #3
  • I Want To Be Straight / That's Not All (1980) UK #22
  • Superman's Big Sister / You'll See Glimpses (1980) UK #51
  • Spasticus Autisticus / (Instrumental) (1981) UK #?
  • Really Glad You Came / (You're My) Inspiration) (1983) UK #?
  • Very Personal / Ban The Bomb (1984) UK #?
  • Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick (re-mix) / Sex And Drugs And Rock And Roll / Reasons To Be Cheerful, Part 3 / Wake Up And Make Love With Me (1985) UK #55
  • Profoundly In Love With Pandora / Eugenius (You're A Genius) (1989) UK #43
  • Apples / Byline Brown (1989) #?

Albums

  • Hansome (1975)
  • New Boots and Panties! (1977)
  • Wottabunch! (1978)
  • Do It Yourself (1979)
  • Laughter (1980)
  • Lord Upminster (1981)
  • The Best Of Kilburn & The Highroads (EP, 1983)
  • 4000 Weeks Holiday (1984)
  • Hold On To Your Structure (VHS- Live Video, 1985)
  • Apples (1989)
  • Live! Warts 'n' Audience (live album, 1990)
  • The Bus Driver's Prayer and Other Short Stories (1992)
  • Mr Love Pants (1997)
  • Straight From The Desk (Live At Ilford Odeon, 2001)
  • Ten More Turnips from the Tip (Posthumous release, 2002)

New Boots and Panties!! is a 1977 album by Ian Dury. ...

The Blockheads Solo Albums

  • Straight From The Desk - 2 (Live At Patti Pavillion, 2003)
  • Where's The Party? (2004)

References

Guinness Book of British Hit Singles 7th Edition The cover of the 1989 7th edition of the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles Guinness World Records - British Hit Singles & Albums is a music reference book, published in the United Kingdom, by Hit Entertainment, the company that owns such childrens entertainment brands as Bob the Builder and Thomas...


The Blockheads' Discography


See also

Colin Fulcher aka Barney Bubbles (1942 - 1983) was a British graphic designer and video director. ... The Stiff Records record label was created in London in 1976, at the outset of the punk boom by entrepreneurs Dave Robinson and Andrew Jakeman (aka Jake Riviera). ...

External links

  • Ian Dury's Website
  • The Blockheads' Biography
  • Guardian obituary for Ian Dury
  • Jools Holland biography of Ian Dury (archived 2003)
  • BBC News website report on Dury's funeral
  • BBC Music artist biography

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Ian Dury - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1808 words)
Dury was inspired to form Kilburn and the High Roads (a pun on the road in north London) in 1971 following the death of his hero Gene Vincent (with whom he may have identified because he also had a leg disability).
Dury was vocalist and lyricist, co-writing with pianist Russell Hardy and later enrolling into the group a number of the students he was teaching at Canterbury School of Art, including guitarist Keith Lucas and bassist Humphrey Ocean.
Ian Dury and The Blockheads' last performance was a charity concert in aid of Cancer Bacup on February 6, 2000 at The London Palladium.
Ian Dury (293 words)
Ian Dury (May 12, 1942 - March 27, 2000) was a rock and roll singer, songwriter, and bandleader.
He is best known as founder and lead singer of the British band Ian Dury and the Blockheads, although began his musical career in pub rock act Kilburn and the High Roads[?].
Ian Dury lived with the effects of polio, which he contracted at the age of seven, very likely, he believed, from a swimming pool at Southend on Sea.
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