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Lionel Morton (born Lionel Walmsley, 14 August 1942, Blackburn, Lancashire, England[1][2]) is a former musician and television presenter.

In the early 1960s Morton was the lead vocalist / rhythm guitarist of the band, The Four Pennies.[1] They are best known for their biggest hit single, "Juliet" which reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in May 1964.[3] Morton and his group appeared seven times on the BBC Television programme, Top of the Pops.[1]

In the 1970s he went on to present on Play Away, and also the pre-school children's programme Play School.[1] For a time he was also married to the actress, Julia Foster.[1]



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)

UK albums

  • 1973 Lionel (Contour 2870324)
  • 1973 Playaway (BBC RBT 19)
  • 1974 Lionel Sings For The Children (Contour XXX)


  1. ^ a b c d e IMDb database - accessed July 2008
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  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. p. 210. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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