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Ian Whitcomb

Ian Whitcomb is an English entertainer, singer-songwriter, record producer, and actor. He has written several books on popular music, beginning with After the Ball, published by Penguin Books (Britain) and Simon & Schuster (United States) in 1972. He accompanies his singing by playing the ukulele and, through his records, concerts, and film work, has helped to stimulate the current revival of interest in the instrument.

Whitcomb's re-creation of the music played aboard the RMS Titanic in the film of that name won a Grammy Award in 1998 for package design and a nomination for Whitcomb's liner notes (Titanic: Music as Heard on the Fateful Voyage).

Articles by this Author

War Song, October 2003 | Vol. 54, No. 5
Teen Idol, October 2002 | Vol. 53, No. 5
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Songwriter, May/June 1999 | Vol. 50, No. 3
He was in the vanguard of that wave of young Britons who, in the 1960s stormed our shores and gave us back our musical heritage


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