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Lionel Morton
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Born in Blackburn, Lancashire
Born on 14th of August 1940

Lionel Morton was born in Blackburn in 1942 with the very Lancashire surname of Walmsley. His career has been lengthy and his portfolio diverse, largely based around his talent for music.
Mortonís first brush with fame was as a choirboy at Blackburn Cathedral, his pure soprano voice taking him to performances in St Paulís Cathedral and recording by the BBC. In the early sixties he formed a pop group, first called the Lionel Morton Four, then The Four Pennies: Morton sang and played guitar, and wrote the groupís 1964 number one hit Juliet.
After the band split in 1966 Morton worked for Apple Corp as a producer before changing direction again: he was offered the chance to develop the childrenís TV programme Playschool which he scripted and presented many times. Later in his career he did the same with Playaway, for which he also wrote the theme tune (wrinkly chorus please of playaway play playaway away play...).
Between his childrenís TV jobs he returned to the stage in a series of successful musicals including Hair and Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd-Webberís Jesus Christ Superstar.
Reprising his rock ín roll days during nostalgia tours in the 80s kept Morton busy then, and thereafter he remained in the music business with work in radio, as a producer, and arranging.

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1 Response to Lionel Morton

From diane green on 9th December 2012
Iwould love to hear how Lionel is doing today. I was his girlfriend in the early 60s when he played at the Locarno in Blackburn, my name then was Diane Ashton and we met on a Blackburn Corporation bus a few years before we went out. I have always wished him well and hope he is still singing with that beautiful voice. By the way I live in Canada now

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