Reginald Dixon - Rhapsody In Blue

Reginald Dixon - Rhapsody In Blue

Catalogue Code: 705842

Barcode: 5050457058425

Release Date: 12 Jun 2006

Born in Sheffield, Reginald had hopes of becoming a concert pianist but at the age of fourteen was told by his doctor that he would have to give up either the piano or school - Reginald chose to give up school. The following year he became a church organist and later musical director of a cinema orchestra before making his first live broadcast from the Sheffield Relay Station. In 1930 he became resident organist at Blackpool, a position he held virtually unbroken for the next forty years, service in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War and a brief closure owing to a fire in 1957 being the only breaks he had during that spell. It would not be untrue to say that Reginald Dixon was as much a part of the attraction of Blackpool as the tower, with many people organising their holidays so that they could see him perform year after year. Reginald made a large number of recordings during his forty year sojourn at the Tower Ballroom and effectively created the Blackpool Sound, a particularly bouncy style of playing the wurlitzer organ.

1. Rhapsody In Blue
2. Bolero
3. Crazy People
4. Parade Of The Tin Soldiers
5. Teddy Bears' Picnic
6. Canadian Capers
7. The Skaters Waltz
8. Bugle Call Rag
9. In A Persian Market
10. Bells Across The Meadow
11. Martial Moments 1: Entry Of The Gladiators/Punjaub March/Sons Of The Brave/Colonel Bogey
12. Martial Moments 2: Old Comrades/Under The Double Eagle/Sylvia/Namur/With Sword And Lance/Semper Fidelis/The Washington Post/Light Of Foot
13. Knightsbridge (In Town Tonight)
14. Somebody Stole My Gal
15. I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside
16. Rustle Of Spring
17. In A Monastery Garden