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Reginald Dixon

Among England’s most liked multitaskers, Reginald Dixon made his tag with inhuman feats of music dexterity on a few of the most massive and complicated tube organs in the globe. His longtime stint as citizen organist on the Blackpool Tower Ballroom noticed him helming that venue’s substantial 3m/14r “Question Wurlitzer” for countless concerts and well-known Sunday evening radio broadcasts, and place him over the map among the world’s best-known and all-time most significant theater organists. Created in 1904 in Sheffield, Britain, Dixon honed his musical abilities for the Wurlitzers from the Western End Birmingham, the Regent Dudley, as well as the Preston before finally getting his dream work at Blackpool. A significant innovator in his field, Dixon created a particular audio and design that featured seriously tremulated tibias and a galloping ideal hand. His exclusive approach gained him the nickname “Mr. Blackpool” and his personal sound became referred to as the “Blackpool Sound” — immediately recognizable to any Brit who got a radio between 1930 and 1976. Dixon was granted the M.B.E. (Person in the English Empire) in 1966 and continuing his regular Weekend concerts in the Tower until his “pension” in the ’70s. “Pension” for Dixon contains playing all around the U.K. and overseas, and continually saving albums. He passed on in his rest on Thursday night May 9, 1985.

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