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Ian Dury

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(1942 – 2000)

Ian Dury (1942-2000) was an English singer, songwriter, and bandleader.

Born on 12th May 1942, 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 & the High Roads. He wrote many famous songs including “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick”, “What A Waste”, and “Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll”. He died on 27th March 2000.

At the age of seven, Dury contracted polio; very likely, he believed, from a swimming pool at Southend on Sea during the 1949 polio epidemic. After six weeks in a full plaster cast in Truro hospital, he was moved to Black Notley Hospital, Braintree, Essex, where he spent a year and a half before going to Chailey Heritage Craft School, East Sussex, in 1951. Chailey was a school and hospital for disabled children, and believed in toughening them up, contributing to the observant and determined person Dury became.

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  • JakeyWHFC

    One of the greatest wordsmiths to come outta Britain. Fact.

    25 Mar 2:47pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    интересные тексты у него, кстати

    9 Mar 10:14am Reply
  • joecubbie

    thee greatest rockstar that ever walked the face of the earth

    8 May 2013 Reply
  • d-_

    awesome guy still rocks

    30 Mar 2013 Reply
  • RussellChap

    Danceable and witty. What a great combination!

    14 Feb 2013 Reply
  • RedjMusic

    RIP Ian. gone to soon

    8 Jul 2012 Reply
  • SheledUmlal

    Happy 70th Ian! Thank you firstly for all the great lemons in your basket of fruitful frenetic lyric. Thankyou also for the Apples you so rightly picked from the tree of life and crafted into a delicious crumble. Thankyou for Laughter when things haven't been so great, and whilst we're on that album, the nickname Master Peanut. Thank you for the legacy and that musical legendary you brought together to play such sweet song; The Blockheads. A life: 4,000 weeks. A Blockheads gig: 4,000 seconds. Strange that the latter seems like a lifetime and more. Where-ever you are Ian, just keep on Riding those Outskirts of Fantasy; I'll be there as soon as I can mate.

    11 May 2012 Reply
  • daniellegibbs11

    what a guy

    3 Nov 2011 Reply
  • linnguo

    <3 i am obsessed with this man <3

    24 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Squigger

    Amazing lyrics, great sense of humour and nice music overall. Thanks, Ian!

    4 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Montesol

    i am obsessed with Ian Dury.

    3 May 2011 Reply
  • Juzzy94

    Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

    15 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Leng182

    +100500

    20 Feb 2011 Reply
  • SheledUmlal

    Uncle Ian is THE greatest lyricist-poet!! Just listen to Laughter and one will see why...

    30 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Donskoy

    Ян дюри крут!

    26 Oct 2010 Reply
  • ninestraycats

    wtf barely a quarter mil plays??

    12 Oct 2010 Reply
  • MapOfMyHead

    человечище!

    4 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Nodisguise

    Def agree PunkyFunkyDucky -- tho it would help if Ian's music was available to play on Last.FM -- it would help to introduce him to a whole new generation of discerning music fans.

    9 Aug 2010 Reply
  • xbrobrox

    2 PunkyFunkyDucky yes! it's so sad(((

    14 Jun 2010 Reply
  • PunkyFunkyDucky

    Ian Dury 223,397 plays Lady BlaBla 60 million plays What The Hecky?

    14 Apr 2010 Reply
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