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Donald Rhys Hubert Peers, 9 August 1909, Ammanford, Dyfed, Wales, d. 9 August 1973, Brighton, England. An extremely popular singer during the late 40s and early 50s in the UK, especially with female audiences who swooned and screamed à la American bobbysoxers. His father, a Welsh colliery worker, was a prominent member of the Plymouth Brethren, and would never go inside a theatre to see and hear his son at work. Peers was to have been a schoolteacher, but ran away and became a house painter, a steward on a British tanker vessel, and a singer with a seaside concert party. He made his first broadcast in 1927 with the popular comedy duo Clapham And Dwyer, and continued to have success in the medium. In 1940 he enlisted in the Armed Forces, and was invalided out on D-Day, 1944. In the same year he recorded In A Shady Nook (By A Babbling Brook), written by Edward G. Nelson and Harry Pease in 1927, and it became his life-long theme. Other 40s...