David Robert Jones was born on 8 January 1947, in Brixton, south London.
He was born at the family home at 40 Stansfield Road. His father, Haywood Stenton ‘John’ Jones, was a promotions officer for the children’s charity Barnardo’s, and his mother, Margaret Mary ‘Peggy’ Jones (née Burns), worked as a waitress.
The couple married nine months after David’s birth. Haywood was divorced from his first wife, and Peggy had previously been engaged to a Frenchman who left her when she became pregnant with a son, Terry, who was born in 1937.
In 1953 the family moved from Stansfield Road to Plaistow Grove in Bromley, Greater London, and shortly afterwards David began attending Burnt Ash Junior School. He was known to be a gifted pupil with an early interest in music and performing arts.
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