BLACKPOOL TOWER BALLROOM WURLITZER
|One of the most famous attractions is the ornately decorated Tower Ballroom with its Mighty Wurlitzer (3m/14r) organ which is played for dancing almost continuously in the season and at other times for concerts and various functions. The organ is known throughout the world from the recordings and radio broadcasts of Reginald Dixon who adopted a particularly bouncy style of playing and often used a registration consisting predominantly of deeply tremulated tibias. This became known as the "Blackpool Sound". Dixon was resident organist at the tower from 1930 until he retired in 1970, the only breaks being when he served in the RAF in World War II and in 1957 when fire destroyed the ballroom.|
|Ernest Broadbent took over from Reginald Dixon. He had been with the Tower Company since 1952 playing Hammond organ with an orchestra in the Pavilion Theatre and as a solo artist in the Tower Lounge. In 1966 he became resident on the Empress Ballroom Wurlitzer and also played the Opera House and Tower Ballroom Wurlitzers when required. As well as playing for dancing he made many recordings and broadcasts on the organ just like his predecessor. Sadly, his period as number one organist in the Tower Ballroom was cut short by ill health and he retired in 1977. (Thanks to Alan Ashton for his help on Ernest Broadbent.)|
"Phil's Signature Tune: "Beside the Seaside"
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