9 August 1923, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. One of the UKs most popular leading men in the imported US musicals of the 50s, with rugged looks, a sure manner, and a big, strong, baritone voice. Hockridge first visited the UK in 1941 with the Royal Canadian Air Force, and helped set up the Allied Expeditionary Forces Network which supplied entertainment and news for troops in Europe. He also sang on many of the broadcasts, several of them with fellow Canadian Robert Farnon who was leader of the Canadian Allied Expeditionary Force Band. After the war, he featured in his own coast-to-coast show for the CBC, playing leading roles in operas such as La Bohème, Don Giovanni and Gilbert And Sullivan operettas. After seeing some Broadway musical shows, such as Brigadoon and Carousel, on a visit to New York, he decided that there was more of a future for him in that direction. That was certainly the case, for on his return to the UK in 1951, he replaced...