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No 1. RALPH & BUDDY BONDS

 

Two American musicians, developed a unique Nite Club and Concert Circuit act playing duets on two Hammond organs. They became famous: made TV appearances, broadcasts and recordings, and when they'd had enough with touring, they opened a Music Store in Philadelphia. This is their (updated) story in words, pictures and music. I hope you enjoy it. 

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No 2. REGINALD DIXON M.B.E
 
Blackpool Tower organists will come and go but it is unlikely that any will achieve the fame or make as many recordings as Reginald Dixon M.B.E. In this short tribute you can enjoy two of the rarest he ever made. 

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No 3. RAYMOND WALLBANK

 Second only to Reginald Dixon in terms of the longest serving residency as a Blackpool organist, this bizarre CD was released featuring some recordings by Raymond Wallbank. How embarrassing for him!.

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No 4. ASHLEY TAPPEN

Who really was ASHLEY TAPPEN? This video sets out to de-mystify a number of theories as to who it really was, and why the need to hide his real identify. Even the location for all his recordings never existed!

 


 No 5. RONALD CURTIS

 A Bolton (UK) organist who had a great love and knowledge of Compton organs. Sometimes known as the 'Compton King' he adopted the tune 'The Happy Wanderer" on account of his home, the legendary Paramount Organ Studios, being just down the road from the famous Bolton Wanderers Football ground. A prolific broadcasting and recording artist - this is his story that I'd like to share with you. 

 


No 6. GEORGE WRIGHT

The doyen of American theatre organists. George Wright can be historically credited with bringing the sound of the theatre pipe organ to a wider listening public in the pioneering days of Hi-Fidelity LP recordings. Fame did not come his way overnight. This short tribute video covers a small but important part of his life: in the days when he adopted some strange aliases!.

 


No 7. COR STEYN

A combination of two Dutch talents. One who built a unique electronic organ, and the other who first made it famous.

 

 


No 8. HARRY FARMER
 

From an era when multi-tracked Hammond organ recordings were all the rage, listen to one of the pioneering masters of the genre: CHRIS HAMALTON, or to give him his rightful name HARRY FARMER. 
 


No 9. GERHARD GREGOR

To find a theatre pipe organ still owned and used by a Radio Station is both rare and unusual....but here's one with a quite distinctive sound, presided over by long time resident organist (the late) Gerhard Gregor.

  


No 10. IVAN DITMARS & ALEX LASKER
 


Released back in the Hi Fi days when 'woofers' and 'tweeters' were the talking point, this rather strange 1963 recording was less than truthful when it came to the actual recording.

 

 

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