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In 2007 Jeff Kruger contacted me and suggested I work with him on his obituary: he had been dismayed by what he had read about some fellow impresarios and wanted to approve his own obituary. When I said that this would be rather unorthodox, he replied that he had got where he was by being “unorthodox from day one”. Whatever anybody writes about Kruger, nobody could deny his importance to the music world as the founding owner of the Flamingo Club in the West End, a key venue for jazz in the 1950s and rhythm and blues in the 1960s. He promoted numerous tours by US stars as well as nurturing local talent and releasing little-known recordings on his own Ember label.

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Peraza performs in Las Vegas in 2003

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Phil Sharpe, who won 12 England Test caps and scored 22,530 runs, 17,685 of them for Yorkshire, in a first-class cricket career spanning 21 seasons, looked an unlikely sportsman. He stood only 5ft 7in, with a stocky and compact build, and his preference for cricket trousers of a generous cut could create an impression of dumpiness.

Republican activist Jeb Magruder in 2003

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Jeb Magruder's career followed a classic Watergate arc. He was a Republican activist and California businessman who worked on Richard Nixon's successful 1968 campaign and followed him to the White House, only to be jailed for his part in the conspiracy and cover-up that forced the president to resign.

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David Abbott: Advertising copywriter renowned for his integrity and acclaimed as one of the finest in the industry

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