|Born||August 14, 1942|
Blackburn, Lancashire, England
|Occupation(s)||Musician and television presenter|
|Associated acts||The Four Pennies|
Lionel Morton (born Lionel Walmsley, 14 August 1942)is an English former musician and television presenter.
A musician is a person who plays a musical instrument or is musically talented. Anyone who composes, conducts, or performs music is referred to as a musician. A musician who plays a musical instrument is also known as an instrumentalist.
A presenter is a person who introduces or hosts television programs. Nowadays, it is common for personalities in other fields to take on this role, but some people have made their name solely within the field of presenting, particularly within children's television series, to become television personalities.
Morton was born in Blackburn, Lancashire. In the early 1960s, he was the lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist of the group, the Four Pennies.They are best known for their biggest hit single, "Juliet" which reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in May 1964. Morton and his group appeared seven times on the BBC Television music charts program, Top of the Pops .
Blackburn is a town in Lancashire, England. It lies to the north of the West Pennine Moors on the southern edge of the Ribble Valley, 9 miles (14 km) east of Preston, 20.9 miles (34 km) NNW of Manchester and 9 miles (14 km) north of the Greater Manchester border. Blackburn is bounded to the south by Darwen, with which it forms the unitary authority of Blackburn with Darwen; Blackburn is its administrative centre. At the time of the UK Government's 2001 census, Blackburn had a population of 105,085, whilst the wider borough of Blackburn with Darwen had a population of 140,700. Blackburn had a population of 117,963 in 2011, a massive increase since 2001.
Lancashire is a ceremonial county in North West England. The administrative centre is Preston. The county has a population of 1,449,300 and an area of 1,189 square miles (3,080 km2). People from Lancashire are known as Lancastrians.
Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice and augments regular speech by the use of sustained tonality, rhythm, and a variety of vocal techniques. A person who sings is called a singer or vocalist. Singers perform music that can be sung with or without accompaniment by musical instruments. Singing is often done in an ensemble of musicians, such as a choir of singers or a band of instrumentalists. Singers may perform as soloists or accompanied by anything from a single instrument up to a symphony orchestra or big band. Different singing styles include art music such as opera and Chinese opera, Indian music and religious music styles such as gospel, traditional music styles, world music, jazz, blues, gazal and popular music styles such as pop, rock, electronic dance music and filmi.
From April 1968 to December 1977, he was a regular presenter on the pre-school children's programme Play School .,he also reappeared during 1983/4. In the 1970s he went on to present on Play Away . For a time he was also married to the actress, Julia Foster.
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