Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Jack Jackson

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Jack Jackson 

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Jack Jackson
Birth nameJack Jackson
Born20 February 1906
Died15 January 1978 (aged 71)
RickmansworthHertfordshire, England
GenresBritish dance band
Occupation(s)Bandleader, trumpeter, composer, disc jockey
InstrumentsTrumpet, cornet
Associated actsthe BBC Dance Orchestra
Jack Jackson (20 February 1906 – 15 January 1978) was an English trumpeter and bandleader popular during the British dance bandera, and who later became a highly influential radio disc jockey.



Early life and career[edit]

He was born in BarnsleyYorkshire, the son of a brass band player and conductor, and began playing cornet at the age of 11 before playing violin and cello in dance bands.[1] He learnt to play trumpet and worked in swing bands in circuses, revues, ballrooms and ocean liners before joining Jack Hylton's band in 1927, staying until 1930 as the orchestra's lead trumpet and cornet. During this time, he also "freelanced" for numerous bands and studio orchestras.

1930s and 1940s[edit]

After leaving Hylton in late 1930, Jackson joined American bandleader Bert Ralton (first leader of the Savoy Havana Band) and a number of other British musicians in a tour of Brazil, where many of them fell ill and Ralton died. After recovering, Jackson returned to England where, after briefly playing with Ray Noble and Roy Fox, he joined Jack Payne and the BBC Dance Orchestra in 1931, staying with him after leaving the BBC the following year. He left Payne to form his own band in 1933.[1] By the end of year, Jack Jackson and his Orchestra started a five-year residency at the Dorchester Hotel in London. His signature tune was Make Those People Sway, and his regular closing theme tune was Dancing in the Dark.[2] By 1939, he had a regular radio show on Radio Luxembourg.

Later life and career[edit]

After the war, he decided not to reform his band, and turned to compering on the BBC Light Programme in such shows as "Record Roundup", which ran from 1948 to 1977. His methods of presentation included punctuating records with surreal comedy clips and using quick cutting of pre-recorded tapes to humorous effect.[3] This was a major influence on later British disc jockeys such as Kenny Everett and Noel Edmonds.
He had a chat show on ITV in 1955.[1] His presentation style was evident in the 1960 comedy and musical film Climb Up the Wall, in which he starred. He appeared as himself in Jamboree (1957). He emigrated to Tenerife in 1962, sending his taped programmes by air to the BBC each week. He was one of the disc jockeys that launched BBC Radio 1 on Saturday 30 September 1967. He broadcast at 1pm with the "Jack Jackson Show". He then moved from Radio 1 to BBC Radio 2. Suffering from a bronchial illness, he returned to Britain to live in 1973, and died in Rickmansworth in 1978. He is remembered as a member of the UK Radio Academy's Hall of Fame.

Stuart Henry

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Stuart Henry 

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Stuart Henry (24 February 1942, Edinburgh - 24 November 1995, Luxembourg) was a disc jockey on pirate radio station Radio Scotland, then BBC Radio 1 from its start in 1967. Between 1967 and 1969 he was one of the regular presenters of BBC's Top of the Pops. He left the BBC in 1974 to join Radio Luxembourg.[1]
Henry married his wife Ollie, a former model, in 1976. He subsequently suffered for many years with multiple sclerosis and he worked through his illness until he became too ill to broadcast, being assisted on air during his later years by Ollie, the illness accounting for his later distinctive rather halting speech delivery. Ollie dedicated the remaining years of their married life to providing round-the-clock care for Henry.[1]
On 2 December 2004 he was posthumously inducted into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame, honouring his outstanding contribution to UK radio.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

David Hamilton

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David Hamilton 

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David Hamilton
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BornDavid Pilditch
10 September 1938 (age 79)
Manchester, Lancashire, England, UK
Other namesDiddy David Hamilton
OccupationRadio & TV Broadcaster
Years active1959–present
ChildrenJane (b.1963)
David (b.1964)
David Hamilton (born David Pilditch on 10 September 1938) is a British radio presenter. Since his broadcasting career began in 1959, Hamilton has hosted over 12,000 radio shows and more than 1,000 TV shows. He is usually known as 'Diddy David Hamilton' which was a name given to him by the successful British comedian Ken Dodd.



Early life[edit]

Hamilton was born in Manchester, Lancashire, in 1938. He adopted his mother's maiden name as a show business name.
He attended Glastonbury Road Grammar School at St. Helier in Surrey, until aged 17.

TV career[edit]

On leaving school Hamilton became a script-writer for the TV series, Portrait of a Star.
In 1960 he became an in-vision television announcer for ABC TV (Associated British Corporation) based in Didsbury, Manchester and appeared with Ken Dodd in the TV series, Doddy's Music Box, acquiring the nickname, 'Diddy'. Throughout the 1960s he hosted shows for the Tyne TeesAnglia and Westward Television companies.
He joined the then new Thames as an announcer in 1968, subsequently hosting many shows for them including Miss TV TimesTV Times Gala AwardsThe World Disco Dance Championships, as well as many outside broadcasts, circus and sports shows. He appeared alongside comedians Benny Hill and Tommy Cooper and hosted Thames TV's showcase weeks on television in New York City and Los Angeles. Later he hosted ATV's Saturday night series, Up For the Cup, and four series of ITV's Hangman-style game show, All Clued Up.
For BBC TV he hosted Top of the Pops and Seaside Special and the Eurovision Song Contest Previews in 1986. For seven years he was the main host of one of the earliest satellite TV stations, Lifestyle.
In February 2012 at the age of 73 he danced to the 1988 hit "Push It" with fellow DJ Tony Blackburn as contestants on the charity show Let's Dance for Sport Relief

Radio career[edit]

BBC Radio[edit]

Hamilton made his broadcasting debut with the British Forces Network in Germany in 1959. His first UK broadcast was as the host of The Beat Show from the Playhouse Theatre, Manchester, in 1962.[1] He hosted the show on the BBC Light Programme until 1965. He presented the final edition of Housewives' Choice in 1967 and was first heard on Radio 1 in November 1967, presenting Family Choice. By the late '60s Hamilton was presenting many shows for BBC radio, including Music Through MidnightRoundaboutPop InnRadio 1 Club and shows featuring the music of Frank Chacksfield.
In 1970 he joined the team of Late Night Extra and in 1973 was offered his own daily show on Radio 1 every weekday afternoon from 2 pm to 5 pm. A regular feature was his "Tea at Three" slot which used as its jingle based on the 1961 version (by the Syncopators) of Jack Buchanan's 1935 hit "Everything Stops For Tea" recorded for the show by Mud.[2] In 1975 the show was simultaneously broadcast on Radio 1 and Radio 2 (listeners being able to hear the show in stereophonic sound on Radio 2's VHF frequency), giving it the biggest audience of the day. In December 1977, the show moved to Radio 2 and remained there until the end of 1986 when Hamilton quit the station, complaining of its 'geriatric' music policy.

Commercial radio[edit]

Since January 1987 Hamilton has been heard on many commercial stations in the UK. He joined Reading's Radio 210 initially to present a mid-morning show from 9 am to 12 noon although the show was quickly brought forward an hour, starting at 8 am. He then joined Capital Gold in November 1988 to present its daily 10 am to 1 pm show. In addition to that, he also presented a weekly oldies show which was heard on various ILR stations around the UK. This was usually heard on a Sunday afternoon.
In late 1994 Hamilton presented the Breakfast show on Melody FM (now Magic 105.4) for four years before moving to London's Liberty Radio to present an afternoon show. He also did a show on the Classic Gold Network on a Sunday.
As well as Classic Gold, in 2000 he joined PrimeTime Radio, presenting the weekday mid-morning show, where he remained until its demise in 2006. In addition to this, in October 2001 he left Classic Gold and presented the breakfast show on Birmingham's Saga 105.7 FM before moving to Nottingham's Saga 106.6 FM in early 2003. From 2004 to 2006, he was heard on various radio stations around the UK, presenting his Million Sellers show, which would usually go out on a Saturday lunchtime, and was repeated at midnight. Around this time he also had a sojourn at Big L 1395.
In April 2012, Hamilton was one of the launch presenters on The Wireless, an Internet-based radio station operated by Age UK and aimed at older people throughout the UK.[3]


On stage Hamilton has compered shows by the Beatles, the Rolling StonesDavid Cassidy and many other pop acts. He has hosted shows at venues like the Royal Albert Hall and the London Palladium, and headlined in four major pantomimes.
In 2016 he embarked on a 40-theatre tour, David Hamilton`s Rock `n` Roll Back The Years, with band, The Fugitives, and singers.


Hamilton was chosen to be the compere for the Wembley Lions Speedway team in 1970 and 1971.
During the 1970s Hamilton was also the match day presenter for the Reading Racers Speedway Club. Latterly he was seen regularly on BBC1's Match of the Day and BSkyB's Football First as he is the matchday compère at Fulham F.C.[4]

Current work[edit]

By 2015 Hamilton was hosting daily four hour shows for The Wireless, and The Million Sellers for Decades Radio. He is heard regularly on BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey.

Monday, 26 February 2018

Bob Harris

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Bob Harris 

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Bob Harris
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Harris in 2012 at the
Concert at the Kings, Wiltshire
Background information
Birth nameRobert Brinley Joseph Harris
Born11 April 1946 (age 71)
Northampton, England
Years active1970–present
Robert Brinley Joseph HarrisOBE (born 11 April 1946), known as "'Whispering Bob Harris", is an English music presenter known for being a host of the BBC2 music programme The Old Grey Whistle Test, and as a co-founder of the listings magazine Time Out.
Harris has been broadcasting on the BBC for over 40 years and has been recognised with the Americana Music Association of America Trailblazer Award, a UK Heritage Award, and a MOJO Medal, as well as his OBE for services to broadcasting.
Harris was credited as the inspiration for The Fast Show character, Louis Balfour,[1] whose catchphrase "nice!" delivered in close up to camera followed universally dreadful modern jazz acts. This closely mirrors Harris' trademark laconic enthusiasm on both Old Grey Whistle Test and his radio shows.[2]



Early life[edit]

Born in Northampton, England, Harris first followed in his father's footsteps and joined the police force as a cadet for two years. He then helped found Time Out magazine, as co-editor. Years later, he still refers to himself as "a journalist who can broadcast".[3]


He began at BBC Radio 1 in 1970 where he hosted the original incarnation of Sounds of the Seventies until 1975. Sounds of the Seventies was initially an hour long, broadcasting from 6 to 7 pm on Monday evenings. The next year, it was expanded to two hours and moved to 10 pm to midnight, still on Mondays. In January 1975, the show was axed due to BBC cutbacks.
Harris then went on to present shows for Radio Luxembourg in 1975–77. In 1977, he joined Radio 210, firstly presenting a Saturday afternoon sports show. He then presented many shows at the weekend, such as Friday nights from 9 pm and Saturdays and Sundays 10 am – 2 pm and 9 pm – 1 am. He left the station for a few months in 1978 due to ill health, but came back in 1979 to present a Friday evening rock show from 9 pm to 1 am and weekend afternoons 12 – 4 pm. He was also head of music and presentation.
He also presented The Old Grey Whistle Test rock music show on BBC television from 1972 until December 1979[4]. His first appearance on the show was as chair of a debate on the Night Assemblies Bill, based on his experience as a journalist and at the invitation of producer Richard Williams. Shortly afterwards he was invited to be the main presenter. His velvety voice and quiet delivery earned him his enduring nickname. His hippie-style beard and laid-back presentation made him a favourite target for parody, most notably by Eric Idleon the 1970s BBC comedy show Rutland Weekend Television.[3] Harris later became notorious among the younger generation for deriding the New York Dolls as "mock rock".[citation needed]


1981 saw Harris move to BBC Radio Oxford, presenting the weekday afternoon show 3–5 pm taking over from Timmy Mallett. He remained there until 1984. He then joined London's LBC Radio Station, presenting a weekly half-hour music review and also joined GWR, where he did shows on Saturday lunchtimes and Sunday afternoons.
From October 1984, Harris was heard on Norwich's Radio Broadland, presenting a Saturday evening show, and on a Sunday afternoon show on Hereward FM in Peterborough. At the same time he was still continuing with his half-hour music review on LBC and was recording shows for GWR. In 1986, he was offered the Weekend Nightline phone-in on LBCevery Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 10 pm – 1 am, which he hosted until 1989. He was heard on BFBS from 1986 to 1998 and on the UK Independent Local Radio sustaining service, The Superstation.

Return to Radio 1[edit]

Harris rejoined BBC Radio 1 in 1989, standing in for Richard Skinner for two weeks on the weekday 12 – 2 am slot, before being offered his own weekly show on Sunday nights from 11 pm to 2 am later that year following the death of Roger Scott. Harris then took over the weekday 12 – 2 am slot from April 1990, which then became 12 – 4 am when Radio 1 started broadcasting 24 hours a day on 1 May 1991.

Move to GLR[edit]

Harris left Radio 1 in October 1993 as he, along with many other Radio 1 DJs, was felt not to fit in with the changes being made by new controller Matthew BannisterLynn Parsonstook over his 12 – 4 am slot, but Harris continued to do the occasional documentary for the network for some time afterwards.
In summer 1994, Harris moved to BBC Greater London Radio, presenting a three-hour Saturday night show from 10 pm to 1 am, then additionally on Monday to Wednesday evenings from 8 pm to midnight. He later left the Saturday night show to concentrate on GLR's Monday-Wednesday evening shows.

Return to national radio[edit]

In spring 1997, Harris returned to the national airwaves, this time on BBC Radio 2, where he took up an 11 pm – 1 am Saturday night slot. He still continued to present on GLR, but at this stage he quit the Monday to Wednesday evening shows and presented a Saturday afternoon show from 2 to 6 pm.
Harris eventually quit GLR in late 1998 as he took over another show for Radio 2, Bob Harris Country, (previously David Allan's Country Club) on Thursday evenings from 7 to 8 pm, and his Saturday night show then went out from 10 pm to 1 am. From April 2006, his Saturday show moved to an 11 pm – 2 am slot, and moved back another hour from 4 April 2010, meaning it aired early Sunday mornings from midnight to 3 am. From October 2014 till January 2017, the show was on from 3 am to 6 am on Sundays. In February 2017, his Sunday show moved back to midnight to 3 am. However on March 26, 2017, Harris presented his last weekend show on Radio 2 due to major changes to the weekend schedule. Bob Harris Country will continue on Thursdays. Harris also contributes to the overnight Radio 2 playlists on a Wednesday into Thursday, presenting an hour on country music.

Other work[edit]

In addition to his Radio 2 programmes, in 2002 Harris became an original presenter on the newly launched digital station BBC 6 Music, presenting a Sunday-evening show from 5 to 8 pm. He left 6 Music in 2004 to present another show on Radio 2, which broadcast on Friday nights/Saturday mornings from midnight to 3 am. He was replaced in this slot by Mark Lamarr, but returned to it temporarily, when Lamarr left the BBC at the end of 2010. The end of the Friday show has allowed Harris to concentrate more on producing one-off shows such as the Maple Leaf Revolution under the auspices of the Whispering Bob Broadcasting Company.
Harris was heard covering for Chris Evans on BBC Radio 2 drivetime over the festive holiday 2007–08 and 2008–09.
Harris has presented the C2C: Country to Country festival live from the O2 in London every year since its inception in 2013 and simultaneously broadcasts over BBC Radio 2 Country which was first established in 2015, the same year when Harris was given his own stage to present at the festival. This stage, the Under the Apple Tree stage, formed the basis for his own Under the Apple Tree festival which will first take place in 2016.[5]

Personal life[edit]

During his broadcast on 4 August 2007, Harris announced he had prostate cancer and would be taking a break for a few months. He started broadcasting the Country programme again in November and the Saturday Programme on 1 December.[citation needed]
He has been married three times and has eight children.[citation needed]


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