This Day In Music 12.05.2016
Ian Robins Dury was born on May 12, 1942, in Harrow, Middlesex Essex, UK.
On one day, he was 7, in August 1949 he went swimming with a friend in an open air pool in Southend and caught polio. It was thought that he might die but he survived. His arms were rendered immobile, as well as his legs, but he maintained movement in his right hand. He spent six weeks in an entire body cast to stop his body becoming twisted. Ian was almost nine when, in 1951, he was sent to Chailey Heritage Craft School, a school and hospital for disabled children. Here Ian discovered the law of the jungle reigned and he spent a torrid time, suffering physical and sexual abuse. He would later write a memorable song about the place, "Hey, Hey, Take Me Away"
Here he learnt survival skills and how to manipulate people to get his own way. The death of Gene Vincent on 12th October 1971 at the age of 36, motivated Ian to kick start his band and on 5th December 1971, Kilburn and the High Roads played their first gig at Croydon School of Art.
A veteran of the early 1970s pub-rock scene with his first band, Kilburn and the High Roads, Dury founded the Blockheads in 1977. Dury and the Blockheads became punk-rock icons with such hit songs as “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll,” “Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick,” and “Reasons to Be Cheerful (Part Three).”
After the group broke up in the early 1980s, he worked as a solo performer, actor, and television presenter, even during his unsuccessful five-year battle with cancer. He died in Upminster, London UK, of metastatic colorectal cancer, on 27 March 2000, aged 57. Throughout his career, Dury, used his celebrity status to campaign for UNICEF, the disabled, and polio vaccination in the Third World.