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Sir Jimmy Savile.
Sir Jimmy Savile.

Sir James Wilson Vincent Savile OBE, KCSG (born 31 October 1926), commonly known as Jimmy Savile (often misspelled 'Saville'), is an English DJ, actor and television/ radio personality. He is best known for his BBC television show Jim'll Fix It, in which he made the wishes of members of the public (mainly children) come true, and for being the first and last presenter of Top of the Pops. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (834x1990, 321 KB) Sir Jimmy Savile Leading the pipe band through Fort William to the Lochaber Highland Games in his capacity as Honorary Chieftain of the games. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (834x1990, 321 KB) Sir Jimmy Savile Leading the pipe band through Fort William to the Lochaber Highland Games in his capacity as Honorary Chieftain of the games. ... The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander... Insignia of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. ... is the 304th day of the year (305th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... DJ or dj may stand for Disc jockey, dinner jacket The DeadJournal website, or Djibouti. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Jimll Fix It was a long running British television show broadcast by the BBC. // The show debuted on 31 May 1975, and ran until June 1994. ... Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, was a long-running British music chart television programme, made and broadcast by the BBC. It was originally shown each week, mostly on BBC One, from 1 January 1964 to 30 July 2006. ...

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Early life

Savile was born in Leeds, where he resides to this day, one of 7 children born to Agnes Monica (Kelly) and Vincent Joseph Marie Savile, a bookmakers clerk and insurance agent.[1] He was a Bevin Boy, drafted during World War II to work as a coal miner. Having started playing records in dance halls in the early 40s, Savile was effectively the first ever DJ; the first person (according to his autobiography) to use two turntables and a microphone, which he did at the Grand Records Ball at the Guardbridge Hotel in 1947[1]. Indeed, Savile is widely acknowledged as being one of the first (perhaps THE first) to use twin turntables for continuous play of music, thus pioneering the concept of DJing as we know it today. [2][3]The book 'Last Night a DJ Saved My Life: 100 Years of the Disc Jockey' bears this out. For other uses, see Leeds (disambiguation). ... A bookmaker, or a bookie, is an organisation or a person that takes bets and may pay winnings depending upon results and, depending on the nature of the bet, the United States, with Singapore and Canada, the only legal bookmaker is state_owned and operated. ... A Bevin Boy was one of the young British men conscripted to work in coal mines during the Second World War. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Wyoming coal mine Coal mining is the mining of coal. ... DJ or dj may stand for Disc jockey, dinner jacket The DeadJournal website, or Djibouti. ... Two turntables and a microphone is the basic concept of a DJs equipment. ...


Jimmy later lived in Salford and worked as manager of the Plaza Ballroom on Oxford Road, Manchester in the mid fifties. Savile was a hospital porter at Broadmoor Hospital and became a semi-professional sportsman, competing in the 1951 Tour of Britain cycle race and working as a professional wrestler. He also managed the Mecca Locarno ballroom in Leeds around the late 50's and early 60's, prior to becoming a household name. He was the first[citation needed] to play popular Rock-n-Roll records during the dance bands' interval for the younger dancers. Mecca also owned the Palais, a dance hall in Ilford, Essex and Jimmy also did a stint as manager there between 1952 and 1953. His Monday evening records-only dance sessions (admission one shilling) were a huge favourite with local teens.[citation needed] For other uses, see Salford (disambiguation). ... This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ... A porter carries objects. ... Location of Broadmoor Hospital at grid reference SU8464 in the United Kingdom Broadmoor Hospital is a high security psychiatric hospital at Crowthorne in Berkshire, England. ... The Tour of Britain is the name given to a cycle race, conducted over several stages, in which participants race from place to place across parts of Great Britain. ... Bicycle racers at the 2005 Rund um den Henninger-Turm in Germany Road bicycle racing is a popular bicycle racing sport held on roads (following the geography of the area), using racing bicycles. ... For the video game, see Pro Wrestling (video game). ...


Television career

In 1960 he presented Tyne Tees Television's music programme Young at Heart. Although the show was broadcast in black and white, Savile dyed his hair a different colour every week.[2] Tyne Tees Television is the ITV television contractor for North East England. ...


On New Year's Day, 1964, he presented the first edition of British music chart television programme Top of the Pops from a television studio - a converted church - in Rusholme, Manchester. On July 30 2006, he also co-hosted the final edition, ending the show with the words "It's still number one, it's Top of the Pops", before being shown after the closing credits turning off the studio lights. He presented the television programme Jim'll Fix It from 1975 to 1994. This article is about January 1 in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ... “British Hit Singles” redirects here. ... A television program (US), television programme (UK) or simply television show is a segment of programming in television broadcasting. ... Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, was a long-running British music chart television programme, made and broadcast by the BBC. It was originally shown each week, mostly on BBC One, from 1 January 1964 to 30 July 2006. ... Rusholme is a part of Manchester, in North West England, about two miles south of Manchester city centre. ... This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ... Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, was a long-running British music chart television programme, made and broadcast by the BBC. It was originally shown each week, mostly on BBC One, from 1 January 1964 to 30 July 2006. ... Jimll Fix It was a long running British television show broadcast by the BBC. // The show debuted on 31 May 1975, and ran until June 1994. ...


He is also remembered for fronting a long running series of commercials in the early 1980s for British Rail's InterCity 125 (in which he declared "This is the age of the train") and a series of Public Information films promoting road safety, notably "Clunk Click Every Trip" which was about wearing seatbelts, the clunk representing the sound of the door and the click the sound of the seatbelt fastening. This article is about the defunct entity British Railways, which later traded as British Rail. The History of rail transport in Great Britain is covered in its own article. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Clunk Click Every Trip was the slogan of a series of British public information films sponsored by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents in January 1971 and starring Jimmy Savile. ...


In 1974, Savile hosted the BBC's Eurovision Song Contest selection show, A Song for Europe. Eurovision redirects here. ... Making Your Mind Up is a BBC TV show broadcast annually to select Britains entry into the Eurovision Song Contest. ...


He was featured on This Is Your Life twice. His second appearance was a result of the production team being unaware of his previous appearance. He also appeared in a very memorable Louis Theroux documentary, which exposed what a strange-slash-eccentric character he is in real life. This Is Your Life was a television documentary series hosted by its producer, Ralph Edwards. ... Louis Theroux Louis Sebastian Theroux (born 20 May 1970) is a British broadcaster holding both British and US citizenship, best known for his television series Louis Therouxs Weird Weekends and When Louis Met… // Theroux was born in Singapore,[1] the younger son of the American travel writer and novelist...


Savile visited the Celebrity Big Brother house on January 14 and January 15, 2006. During these visits he "fixed it" for some of the housemates to receive their wish; for example, Pete Burns received a message from his significant other and friend while Dennis Rodman was able to trade Savile's offering for a supply of cigarettes for other housemates. Celebrity Big Brother is a British TV reality show shown on Channel Four in which a number of celebrity contestants live in an isolated house trying to avoid being evicted by the public with the aim of winning a large cash prize being donated to the winners nominated charity... is the 14th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Peter Pete Burns (b. ... Significant other Significant Other is the second studio album by Limp Bizkit, released on June 22, 1999. ... Dennis Keith Rodman (born May 13, 1961, in Trenton, New Jersey) is an American professional basketball player best known for his fierce defensive and rebounding ability, leading the National Basketball Association in rebounds per game for a record seven consecutive years and earning NBA All-Defensive First Team honors seven...


Savile has recently returned to television with Jim'll Fix It Strikes Again, in which he shows some of the most popular 'fixits' ever, recreating them with the same people, as well as making new dreams come true.


Radio career

Savile started his radio career working as a Radio Luxembourg DJ from 1958 to 1967. Radio Luxembourg (1933-1992, 2005-)was an important forerunner of pirate radio and modern commercial radio in Europe. ...


In 1968 he joined BBC Radio 1, where he initially presented Savile's Travels and the discussion show Speakeasy. His best-remembered contribution to Radio 1, however, is the Sunday lunchtime show Jimmy Savile's Old Record Club, where entire top tens from years gone by were played. The format was similar to Alan Freeman's Pick of the Pops show. It began in 1973 (initially called The Double Top Ten Show) and ended in 1987, at which point he left Radio 1 after 19 years. BBC Radio 1 (commonly referred to as just Radio 1) is a British national radio station operated by the BBC, specialising in popular music and speech and is aimed primarily at the 14-29[1] age group. ... Alan Fluff Freeman CBE (born July 6, 1927, Melbourne, Australia, died 27 November 2006 London, England) was a well-known disc jockey and radio personality in the United Kingdom. ... Pick of the Pops was a BBC radio programme based on the Top 20 UK singles chart and first broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in 1955, transferring to BBC Radio 1 when the latter launched in 1967. ...


He was then heard on Local Classic Gold stations around the UK where he revived his Radio 1 shows. He remained there up until 1997. Classic Gold is one of the biggest gold formatted radio networks in the United Kingdom, with a potential audience of 47 million. ...


In 1994, satirist Chris Morris announced on BBC Radio 1 (as a joke) that Savile had collapsed and died, which allegedly drew threats of legal action from Savile and forced an apology from Morris. Chris Morris (born September 5, 1965 in Bristol, England) is an English satirical comedian, writer, producer, director, actor and radio DJ. Morris began his career in radio before later moving into television. ... Various notable people have had their death announced in error. ...


On December 25, 2005, and January 1, 2007, Savile presented shows on the Real Radio network which revisited festive charts of 10, 20 and 30 years previously. is the 359th day of the year (360th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Real Radio is a brand of regional radio stations in the United Kingdom owned by GMG Radio. ...


Catchphrases and Distinctive Appearance

Jimmy's catchphrases include "How's about that, then?", "Now then, now then, now then", "Goodness gracious", "Guys and gals" and "Jangle, Jangle. Jewellery, Jewellery". He is also known for letting-out a sustained warbling 'groan' type sound, which is immediately recognisable as his own signature sound when heard in isolation. Savile has frequently been spoofed for his distinctive appearance, which almost always consists of a garish track suit or shell suit, along with plenty of gold jewellery. His image is completed by his trademark mane of white hair, not to mention the large cigars that he holds or waves around. In contemporary usage, a parody (or lampoon) is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ...


Honours

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander... Insignia of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. ... Doctor of Laws (Latin: Legum Doctor, LL.D) is a doctorate-level academic degree in law. ... The University of Leeds is a major teaching and research university, one of the largest in the United Kingdom with over 32,000 full-time students. ... Baron Vassiliev, a 19th-century Knight Commander The Knights Hospitaller (also known as the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, Knights of Malta, Knights of Rhodes, and Chevaliers of Malta) was an organization that began as an Amalfitan hospital founded in Jerusalem in 1080...

Other Information

Jimmy lives in a penthouse apartment overlooking Roundhay Park, Leeds (shown in the aforementioned documentary) and is frequently spotted in the local area, jogging, eating in Italian restaurants and generally going about his life. // Introduction Roundhay Park in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, is one of the biggest inner-city parks in Europe. ...


One of the United Kingdom's most recognisable personalities, aside from his TV and radio work Jimmy has carried out a considerable amount of charity work, including raising money for the Stoke Mandeville Hospital where he also worked as a volunteer porter. For years, he was the honorary president of Phab and has "helped raise" over £40,000,000[3]. Stoke Mandeville Hospital is a large hospital in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England. ... The subject of this article seems to fail one of the following consensually-accepted Wikipedia inclusion guidelines: If you are familiar with the subject matter, please expand the article to establish its notability, citing reliable sources, so as to avoid it being considered for deletion. ...


Savile is also well known for running marathons (many of them again for Phab, including their annual half marathon around Hyde Park). He completed the London Marathon in 2005. In athletics, a half marathon is a race over half the distance of a marathon, i. ... “Hyde Park” redirects here. ... Runners surge out of the Blackfriars Bridge underpass onto the Victoria Embankment; two miles to go The London Marathon is a road marathon that has been held each year in London since 1981, usually in April. ...


He was named as one of the Radio Times "Top 40 most eccentric TV presenters of all time" in July 2004. A bachelor, Savile lived with his mother (whom he refers to as "The Duchess") until her death, and has kept her bedroom and wardrobe exactly as it was when she died. Every year he has her clothes dry cleaned. Current Radio Times logo Radio Times is the BBCs weekly television and radio programme listings magazine. ...


He is rumoured to have a grand piano in his flat, on which he recorded a piano version of the song Afraid to Shoot Strangers by the English band Iron Maiden (see [4]). A grand piano from Schiedmayer & Söhne, Stuttgart. ... Fear of the Dark is the ninth studio album released by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... This article is about the band. ...


Savile has one of the most commonly misspelt names in show business: the correct spelling is "Savile" with one 'l' (as in Savile Row), not two. Savile Row Savile Row 3 Savile Row, 2007 Savile Row occupies a quiet corner of Mayfair in central London near Bond Street and is famous for its mens bespoke tailoring. ...


He is a member of Mensa [4], in the entry tests his IQ was assessed as 149. Mensa is the largest, oldest, and best-known high-IQ society in the world. ... IQ redirects here; for other uses of that term, see IQ (disambiguation). ...


UK Punk band The Toy Dolls dedicated their novelty song "When You're Jimmy Savile" to him.


Jimmy is teetotal. Teetotalism is the principle or practice of complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages. ...


A Rolls Royce driver, Savile is a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists. At one point his 'personalised' car registration plate was HIS 1. Institute of Advanced Motorists logo The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is a charity based in the United Kingdom whose objective is to improve car driving and motorcycle riding standards, and hence enhance road safety, through the proper use of a system of car/motorcycle control based on Roadcraft (commonly...


He also has a bench in memory of himself with the words 'Jimmy Savile - but not just yet!' engraved on it, in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. Look up bench in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Memory (disambiguation). ... Words has several meanings: words in Unix. ... This article is on the English seaside resort. ... North Yorkshire is a non-metropolitan or shire county, located in the Yorkshire and the Humber region of England, and a ceremonial county in that region and also partly in North East England. ...


He has a long association with the Fort William area of Scotland and ran part of the Ben Nevis Race course several times in his younger days. He has had a house in Glen Coe for some years and lives there part of the time. He has been Honorary Chieftain of the Lochaber Highland Games for 35 years and most years led the pipe band through Fort William to the Games. He could not do the final Top of the Pops live because of his commitment to the Lochaber Highland Games so it was recorded in the previous week. He announced his retirement from the honorary post at the games on 29 July 2006 but said he will continue as a "Special Friend" of the games. [5] // Fort William (Scots Gaelic: An Gearasdan, The Garrison) is the largest town in the west highlands of Scotland. ... This article is about the country. ... Glen Coe is a glen in the Highlands of Scotland. ... The Chief of the Name is the recognized head of a family or clan. ... A Pipe band is a traditional Scottish musical group consisting of bagpipes and drums. ... is the 210th day of the year (211th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Works

Books

  • Jimmy Savile, As it happens, ISBN 0-214-20056-6, Barrie & Jenkins 1974 (autobiography)
  • Jimmy Savile, Love is an Uphill Thing, ISBN 0-340-19925-3, Coronet 1976 (softback edition of As it Happens)
  • Jimmy Savile, God'll Fix It, ISBN 0-264-66457-4, Mowbray, Oxford 1979

Discography

  • Jimmy Savile, "Ahab the Arab" 1962 with Brian Poole and the Tremeloes.
  • Jimmy Savile (Backing Vocals) "Shaddap You Face" 1981 with Joe Dolce.

References

  1. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/portal/main.jhtml?xml=/portal/2007/03/17/nosplit/ftwdet17.xml
  2. ^ Sixties Pop and Music Television 1960-64. Sixties City. Retrieved on 2007-09-17.
  3. ^ Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends: When Louie met Jimmy BBC documentary, 13th April 2000
  4. ^ http://www.lycos.co.uk/celebrity/clevercelebs.html

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

  • Radio Rewind Biography
  • Jimmy Savile at the Internet Movie Database
  • BBC article about the "Clunk Click Every Trip" safety belt advert featuring Jimmy Savile, including video of the advert
  • Entry on Radio Luxembourg DJ page

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