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Lionel Morton


Lionel Morton, Play Away 1973
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Lionel Morton (born Lionel Walmsley, 1942, Blackburn) is a singer and musician. In the early 1960s he was lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist with The Four Pennies.
He is remembered as a presenter of the BBC children’s programmes Play School and Play Away (for which he wrote the theme song) in the 1970s. Various LPs from these series feature his songs, including the Toni Arthur co-written ‘Israeli Boat Song’ and his remarkable rendition of Malcolm Carrick’s ‘Come to the Shops’.
In November 2007 he appeared on YouTube singing an “unplugged mix of his new single Peace Star.”

UK Singles:
1967 What To Do With Laurie/I’ll Just Wait Around (Philips BF 1578)
1967 First Love Never Dies/Try Not To Cry (Philips BF 1607)
1969 Waterloo Road/Floral Street (RCA Victor 1875)
1974 Don’t Let Life Get You Down/Play Away (BBC BEEB011)
19XX What A Woman Does/Listen To The Music (Cube BUG24)

1972 Play School (BBC RBT 10)
1973 Lionel (Contour 2870324)
1973 Bang On A Drum (BBC RBT 17)
1973 Play Away (BBC RBT 19)
1974 Lionel Sings For The Children (Contour XXX)

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