Raymond Wallbank was one of the last of the legendary seaside entertainers of yesteryear.
For 30 years, from 1965 until 1995, as the celebrated organist of Blackpool’s famous North Pier, this most accomplished performer, composer and arranger never ceased in his quest to make music both accessible and enjoyable.
Born and brought up on the Fylde Coast, Raymond Wallbank was educated at Ansdell County Primary School and King Edward VII School. Inheriting his considerable musical talent from his mother, a very talented local musician, it was she who initially taught him the piano.
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Mary Esther Wells (May 13, 1943 – July 26, 1992) was an American singer who helped to define the emerging sound of Motown in the early 1960s. Along with The Miracles, The Temptations, The Supremes, and the Four Tops, Wells was said to have been part of the charge in black music onto radio stations and record shelves of mainstream America, "bridging the color lines in music at the time."
With a string of hit singles composed mainly by Smokey Robinson, including "Two Lovers" (1962), the Grammy-nominated "You Beat Me to the Punch" (1962) and her signature hit, "My Guy" (1964), she became recognized as "The Queen of Motown" until her departure from the company in 1964, at the height of her popularity. She was one of Motown's first singing superstars.