Popular 1950s and 1960s classical pianist who was called Britain's answer to Liberace.
He was considered a protégé of legendary pianist
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.