Suggs, 51, whose real name is Graham McPherson, is the frontman for the band Madness. He was three years old when his father abandoned the family. Suggs was brought up by his mother Edith Gower, a jazz singer and barmaid. In recent years Suggs decided he wanted to know exactly what became of his father. Like many people, he looked online and found the information he was seeking, although in an unlikely web site: Wikipedia.
Suggs entered his own name on Wikipedia and found a page created by his fans that gave a lot of information about his own life, including the names of both parents. "I looked myself up and there it all was. It said my father had died in 1975, aged just 40. The thing is, this website knew more about my life than me and my whole family combined.
"My dad had died in Birmingham, so I contacted the records office and a nice man there pieced things together for me."
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