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Robin Richmond


Robin Richmond (1912–1998) was an English cinema organist and BBC Radio presenter and performer.

His trademark instrument became the Hammond organ, after he imported the first example to Great Britain from the United States in 1935.  It carried the serial number "001".

Rejected by the military during World War II for health reasons, he spent the duration as organist at the Paramount Cinema in Tottenham Court Road, London, and on BBC radio.

Post-war he regularly performed on the BBC Light Programme on shows such as Music While You Work, Variety Bandbox and Organ Grinder Swing. He also presented a number of programmes including Housewives' Choice and Jazz Club. On television he was the resident organist on the quiz show Double Your Money.

He created the BBC Radio 2 series The Organist Entertains in 1969, and was its main presenter until 1980. A special edition in 2012 marked the centenary of his birth.

He appeared as a "castaway" on the BBC Radio programme Desert Island Discs on 10 September 1977.[

He died on 27 July 1998 at the age of 86,



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