John Peel

English DJ and radio presenter (1939–2004) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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John Robert Parker Ravenscroft OBE (30 August 1939 – 25 October 2004), known professionally as John Peel, was an English disc jockey (DJ) and radio presenter. He was the longest-serving of the original BBC Radio 1 DJs, broadcasting regularly from 1967 until his death in 2004.

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John Peel

Peel in a studio at Yalding House
John Robert Parker Ravenscroft

(1939-08-30)30 August 1939
Heswall, Cheshire, England
Died25 October 2004(2004-10-25) (aged 65)
Cusco, Peru
  • DJ
  • radio presenter
  • record producer
  • journalist
  • Shirley Anne Milburn
    (m. 1965; div. 1973)
  • Sheila Gilhooly
    (m. 1974)
Children4, including Tom
CountryUnited Kingdom
WebsiteBBC minisite

Peel was one of the first broadcasters to play psychedelic rock and progressive rock records on British radio. He is widely acknowledged for promoting artists of multiple genres, including pop, dub reggae, punk rock and post-punk, electronic music and dance music, indie rock, extreme metal and British hip hop. Fellow DJ Paul Gambaccini described Peel as "the most important single person in popular music from approximately 1967 through 1978. He broke more important artists than any individual."[1]

Peel's Radio 1 shows were notable for the regular "Peel sessions", which usually consisted of four songs recorded by an artist in the BBC's studios, often providing the first major national coverage to bands that later achieved fame. Another feature was the annual Festive Fifty countdown of his listeners' favourite records of the year.[2]

Peel appeared on television occasionally as one of the presenters of Top of the Pops in the 1980s, and provided voice-over commentary for a number of BBC programmes. He became popular with the audience of BBC Radio 4 for his Home Truths programme, which ran from the 1990s, featuring unusual stories from listeners' domestic lives.