JOHN PLAYFORD (1623 - 1686)
John Playford started his career as a London bookseller, publishing political tracts. His musical publications include collections of psalms and hymns, books of musical instruction, songs and instrumental pieces. He was succeeded in the business by his son Henry. Another John Playford was his nephew, concerned in another printing business, which ended at the latter’s death in 1685.
Playford’s The English Dancing Master has proved a fruitful source of popular English airs of the time.