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George Melly

English jazz singer, art lover, writer, critic and broadcaster (1926 - 2007)

The singer, writer, and critic, George Melly was born in his grandfather’s house, The Grange, Aigburth in 1926 into a wealthy Liverpool merchant family who had made their fortune in the 1800s. As a child George remembers visiting Sudley House which was then owned by his relative, Emma Holt. Whilst at school and in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, Melly’s physical relationships were almost exclusively homosexual.
Melly developed a deep interest in jazz and blues music whilst still in school and from 1948 performed with Mick Mulligan’s Magnolia Jazz Band. It was also around 1948 that Melly was propositioned by Sybil Mesens, the wife of surrealist painter E.L.T. Mesens. Melly obliged and from then on maintained almost exclusively heterosexual relationships, marrying twice.
In the early 1960s Melly moved in to journalism, working as a film critic for The Observer. After writing film reviews and satirical pieces Melly moved back in to the jazz world in the 1970s.
Until his death in 2007 Melly remained an active musician, journalist, and lecturer on surrealist art.
  • Gender
    Male
  • Relationship
    Associated Person
  • Nationality
    British
  • Born
    1926-08-17
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Merseyside: Liverpool
  • Died
    2007-07-05
  • Place of death
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: London
  • Cause of death
    Unknown or unrecorded
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