Reginald Dixon

Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


1905, Sheffield, England, d. 9 May 1985, Blackpool, Lancashire, England. The son of a craftsman in the local Sheffield steel industry, as a teenager Dixon played the organ in a Methodist church and provided the accompaniment for silent films. In 1930 he accepted the position of organist at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool, and stayed there - except for a spell in the RAF during World War II - for 40 years, until his retirement. Heralded by his much-loved signature tune ‘Oh, I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside’, he came to be known as ‘Mr. Blackpool’, and was almost as famous as the Tower itself. However, his reputation also reached other areas of the UK through his frequent broadcasts and recordings of medleys of familiar popular tunes and light classical pieces.

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