Clive Lythgoe, was a leading British classical pianist of the 1950s and 1960s, popular in the UK and the United States, where he was considered to be “Britain’s answer to Liberace” He was born in Colchester, Essex, on 9 April 1927, the son of a Royal Army Medical Corps sergeant major. He grew up at Wimbledon, where he sang in the church choir, and disappointed his parents by shunning a career in law or accountancy. At seven years of age he was entranced by the piano player in a Carmen Miranda film. Some years later, he won a piano scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, which marked the start of his musical career. Towards the end of World War II, he joined the RAF. By the 1950s, he had become a regular fixture on the concert circuit.
|Born:||April 9, 1927, Colchester, Essex, England|
|Died:||September 4, 2006|
|Occupation:||Classical pianist and TV broadcaster|
About Clive Lythgoe
Popular 1950s and 1960s classical pianist who was called Britain’s answer to Liberace.
He was considered a protégé of legendary pianist Myra Hess.
He had great success in England on television and radio. His TV series The Lythgoe Touch lasted for 85 weeks, and his radio show My Piano and I lasted 52 weeks.
His father was a Royal Army Medical Corps sergeant major. His parents were hoping he would become a lawyer or accountant.
His recordings of American music were so admired that President Jimmy Carter instructed them to be added to the White House Library.
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- 20th-century British musicians
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