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John Peel


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Birth name John Robert Parker Ravenscroft
Born 30 August 1939(1939-08-30)
Heswall, England
Died 25 October 2004 (aged 65)
Cusco, Peru
Style Disc Jockey
Country United Kingdom
Website BBC minisite

John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, OBE (30 August 193925 October 2004), known professionally as John Peel, was an English disc jockey, radio presenter and journalist. Known for his eclectic taste in music and his honest and warm broadcasting style, John Peel was a popular and respected DJ and broadcaster. He was one of the first to play reggae and punk on British radio. His significant influence on alternative rock, Pop, British hip hop and dance music is acknowledged. He was the longest-serving of the original DJs of BBC Radio 1, broadcasting on it from 1967 until his death in 2004. is the 242nd day of the year (243rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... , Heswall is a town on the Wirral Peninsula, Merseyside, England. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is the city in Peru. ... For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ... 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... is the 242nd day of the year (243rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ... A television presenter is a British term for a person who is known for introducing or hosting television programmes. ... For other uses, see Journalist (disambiguation). ... Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Alternative music redirects here. ... For other uses, see Pop music (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... DJ or dj may stand for Disc jockey, dinner jacket The DeadJournal website, or Djibouti. ... 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. ...

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Early life

Peel was born in Heswall on the Wirral Peninsula, near Liverpool, and grew up in the nearby village of Burton. His father was an upper middle class cotton merchant, and he was sent away to be educated as a boarder at Shrewsbury School. His housemaster, R H J Brooke, whom Peel described as "extraordinarily eccentric" and "amazingly perceptive", wrote on one of his school reports: , Heswall is a town on the Wirral Peninsula, Merseyside, England. ... The Wirral is a peninsula in North West England bounded by the River Dee to the west and the River Mersey to the east. ... For other uses, see Liverpool (disambiguation). ... Burton is a village on the Wirral Peninsula, in the district of Ellesmere Port and Neston in Cheshire, England. ... Vacations to destinations such as Hawaii, shown above, may be seen as a hallmark of the Upper-middle class. ... For other uses, see Cotton (disambiguation). ... Merchants function as professionals who deal with trade, dealing in commodities that they do not produce themselves, in order to produce profit. ... Shrewsbury School (formally known as King Edward VI Grammar School, Shrewsbury) is an independent school, located in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. ...

Perhaps it's possible that John can form some kind of nightmarish career out of his enthusiasm for unlistenable records and his delight in writing long and facetious essays.

In his posthumously published autobiography, Peel revealed that he had been subjected to sexual abuse by an older pupil while at Shrewsbury. His decision to reveal this was praised by campaigners for children's rights.[1]


After finishing his National Service in 1959 in the Royal Artillery as a B2 Radar Operator, he worked as a mill operative at Townhead Mill in Rochdale and travelled home each weekend to Heswall on a scooter borrowed from his sister. Whilst in Rochdale Monday to Friday he stayed in a bed and breakfast in the Milkstone Road / Drake Street area. National service is a common name for compulsory or voluntary military service programs. ... Tactical Recognition Flash of the Royal Artillery The Royal Regiment of Artillery, generally known as the Royal Artillery (RA), is, despite its name, a corps of the British Army. ... For other uses, see Radar (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Rochdale (disambiguation). ...


United States

In 1960, he went to the United States to work for a cotton producer who had business dealings with his father. Once this job had finished he took a number of others, including working as a travelling insurance salesman, remaining in the United States until 1967. While in Dallas he spoke to John F. Kennedy as the Presidential candidate and Lyndon B. Johnson toured the city during the 1960 election campaign. Following Kennedy's assassination he passed himself off as a reporter for the Liverpool Echo in order to attend the arraignment of Lee Harvey Oswald and he and a friend can be seen in the footage of the press conference shortly before Oswald's assassination. He later phoned in the story to the Liverpool Echo. John Kennedy and JFK redirect here. ... LBJ redirects here. ... The Liverpool Echo and Liverpool Daily Post are two newspapers published by Trinity Mirror on Merseyside in the United Kingdom. ... Lee Harvey Oswald (October 18, 1939 – November 24, 1963) was, according to two United States government investigations, the assassin of U.S. President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas. ...


While working for an insurance company based in Dallas, Texas, filing card programs for an early IBM 1410 computer (which led to his entry in Who's Who noting him as a former computer programmer), he got his first radio job, albeit unpaid, working for WRR Radio in Dallas. There he presented the second hour of the Monday night programme Kat's Karavan. Following this, and as Beatlemania hit the United States, Peel got a job as the official Beatles correspondent with the Dallas radio station KLIF, due to his connection to Liverpool. He later worked for KOMA in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma until 1965 when he moved to KMEN in San Bernardino, California, using the name John Ravencroft to present the breakfast show. Dallas redirects here. ... The IBM 1410 was a variable wordlength decimal computer that was announced by IBM on September 12, 1960 and marketed as a midrange Business Computer. It was withdrawn on March 30, 1970. ... Whos Who, ISBN 0-713-662-751, is an annual British publication by A & C Black of very short biographies of about 30,000 famous and/or important Britons, published since 1849. ... In computing, a programmer is someone who does computer programming and develops computer software. ... WRR (101. ... The Beatles arrival at Americas JFK Airport in 1964 has proved a particularly enduring image of Beatlemania. ... The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ... Dallas redirects here. ... For information on the Dallas AM radio station with the call letters KLIF from 1947 through 1990, see KFXR (AM). ... Komas DVD cover Koma is a 2004 Hong Kong psychological thriller directed by Law Chi-Leung , starring Karena Lam and Angelica Lee. ... OKC redirects here. ... San Bernardino is the county seat of San Bernardino County, California, United States. ...

I had been working on radio in America since 1961, initially Dallas, Texas; then I got into it full time as a Beatle expert in Oklahoma City in '64/66. I was in California for a year and half in San Bernadino, came back here [to Britain] in '67 and was by and large unemployable at the time. I hadn't anything to come home to. Just luck really, being in the right place at the right time, music lovers might argue the wrong place at the wrong time.

While in Dallas he married his first wife, Shirley Anne Milburn, in what Peel later described as a "mutual defence pact". She was only 15 at the time, a fact she successfully concealed from Peel, and both her parents had recently died. The marriage was never happy and although Shirley accompanied Peel back to Britain in 1967 they were soon separated. The divorce became final in 1973. She later committed suicide. Divorce or dissolution of marriage is the ending of a marriage before the death of either spouse. ... For other uses, see Suicide (disambiguation). ...


Favourite Music

John Peel writes in his autobiography, Margrave of the Marshes, that the band of which he owns the most records is The Fall. Regulars in the Festive 50, and easily recognised by vocalist Mark E Smith's distinctive delivery, 'lo-fi' riffs and an experimental edge, The Fall became synonymous with Peel's Radio 1 show through the 1980s and 90s. Peel kept in contact with many of the artists he championed but only met Mark E Smith on two, apparently awkward, occasions. This article is about the band. ... Mark E. Smith (born March 5, 1957) is the lead singer, lyricist and hub of The Fall, a renowned and idiosyncratic offshoot from the UK post-punk/new wave music scenes. ... Mark E. Smith (born March 5, 1957) is the lead singer, lyricist and hub of The Fall, a renowned and idiosyncratic offshoot from the UK post-punk/new wave music scenes. ...


The Misunderstood are believed to be the only band that Peel ever personally managed—he first met the band in Riverside, California in 1966 and convinced them to move to London. He championed their music throughout his career; in 1968, he described their 1966 single I Can Take You To The Sun as "the best popular record that's ever been recorded."[2] and shortly before his death, in an interview with Index Magazine, he stated, "If I had to list the ten greatest performances I've seen in my life, one would be The Misunderstood at Pandora's Box, Hollywood, 1966. My god, they were a great band!"[3] The Misunderstood: London - 1966 - L-R: Rick Moe, Rick Brown, Glenn Ross Campbell, Tony Hill, and Steve Whiting The Misunderstood were a psychedelic group originating from Riverside, California in the mid-1960s. ... I Can Take You To The Sun is a psychedelic rock song that was composed and recorded by The Misunderstood at Phillips Studio in London in 1966. ... Index Magazine is a prominent New York City based publication for art and culture. ... Pandoras Box is the box entrusted to the mythological figures Epimetheus and his wife Pandora. ...


His favourite single is widely known to be Teenage Kicks by The Undertones; in an interview in 2001, he stated "There's nothing you could add to it or subtract from it that would improve it."[4] In the same 2001 interview, he also listed No More Ghettos In America by Stanley Winston, There Must Be Thousands by The Quads, and Lonely Saturday Night by Don French as being amongst his all-time favourites. A longer list of his favourite singles was revealed in 2005, when the contents of a wooden box in which he stored the records that meant the most to him was made public.[5] Teenage Kicks is a song originally recorded by Northern Ireland new wave group the Undertones. ... The picture cover of The Undertones 1979 Youve Got My Number (Why Dont You Use It!) single The Undertones are a Northern Irish rock band formed in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1975. ... The Quads were a new wave band from Birmingham, England, active in the late 1970s and early 1980s. ... The Quads were a new wave band from Birmingham, England, active in the late 1970s and early 1980s. ...


Beginning of British career

He returned to England in early 1967 and found work with the offshore pirate radio station Radio London. He was offered the midnight-to-two shift, which gradually developed into a program called The Perfumed Garden (some thought it was named after an erotic book famous at the time - which Peel claimed never to have read). It was on "Big L" that he first adopted the name John Peel (the name was suggested by a Radio London secretary) and established himself as a distinctive radio voice. For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Offshore has three principal meanings: Physical - in the sea away from the shore; not on the shoreline but out to sea. ... The term Pirate Radio usually refers to illegal or unregulated radio transmission. ... Wonderful Radio Londons transmitter ship, the MV Galaxy Don Pierson in 1964 Wonderful Radio London also known as Big L, was a top 40 (in Londons case, the Fab 40) offshore commercial station that operated from 16 December 1964 to 14 August 1967, from a ship anchored in... The Perfumed Garden was the title given by John Peel to his 1967 late-night programme on the British pirate radio station, Radio London. ...

At the time I was coming to the end of a fairly catastrophic marriage ... my wife was amazingly aggressive and she hit me a lot and so I was pleased to be on the ship for two weeks out of three. ... It wasn't until [the Beatles' manager] Brian Epstein phoned [the station manager in London] ... on having the foresight to put on this excellent programme late at night and ... thought 'we had better listen to this' ... they were all slightly horrified but it had gone too far for them to stop it ... There was a play list and commercials that had to be done ... but ... after midnight I virtually did away with them ... I didn't bother to do the news or the weather or anything. Just to do two hours of records and reading other people's poetry very badly. Brian Samuel Epstein (IPA: ) (born in Liverpool, England; 19 September 1934 – 27 August 1967) was the manager of The Beatles. ...

Under the spell of the Beatles' newly-released Sergeant Pepper LP and the underground/flower-power scene, John Peel brought 1967 hippy culture to a generation of young British listeners. He played classic blues (Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin' Hopkins, Elmore James) and folk music (Bob Dylan, Tim Hardin, the Incredible String Band, Donovan) and gently introduced the ground breaking music of West Coast bands such as Love, The Doors, The Mothers of Invention, Country Joe and the Fish and Jefferson Airplane, their British contemporaries like Pink Floyd, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, Led Zeppelin and Cream - and his special favourites, The Misunderstood (whom he persuaded to move from California to London), Marc Bolan (as a solo artist and with Tyrannosaurus Rex, or T.Rex) and Captain Beefheart (for whom he later acted as chauffeur during the latter's 1969 UK tour). Sgt. ... For other uses, see Culture (disambiguation). ... Hippies (singular hippie or sometimes hippy) were members of the 1960s counterculture movement who adopted a communal or nomadic lifestyle, renounced corporate nationalism and the Vietnam War, embraced aspects of Buddhism, Hinduism, and/or Native American religious culture, and were otherwise at odds with traditional middle class Western values. ... Blues music redirects here. ... Chester Arthur Burnett (June 10, 1910 – January 10, 1976), better known as Howlin Wolf or sometimes, The Howlin Wolf, was an influential blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Elmore James (January 27, 1918 – May 24, 1963) was an American blues singer and guitarist. ... Folk music can have a number of different meanings, including: Traditional music: The original meaning of the term folk music was synonymous with the term Traditional music, also often including World Music and Roots music; the term Traditional music was given its more specific meaning to distinguish it from the... This article is about the recording artist. ... Tim Hardin (December 23, 1941 – December 29, 1980) was a United States folk musician and composer who was a part of the 1960s Greenwich Village folk scene and performer at the Woodstock Festival. ... Bold text The Incredible String Band (or ISB) is a Scottish acoustic band which, (in the words of one of their early songs [1] ) way back in the 1960s built a popular following within British counter culture, and the members of the group are considered psych folk musical pioneers. ... For other uses, see Donovan (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This page is about the rock band. ... The Mothers of Invention were a rock and roll band active from the 1960s to the 1990s. ... Country Joe and the Fish, from the cover of Feel Like Im Fixin to Die Country Joe and the Fish was a rock music/folk music band known for musical protests against the Vietnam War, from 1965 to 1970. ... Jefferson Airplane is an American rock band from San Francisco, a pioneer of the psychedelic rock movement. ... Pink Floyd are an English rock band that initially earned recognition for their psychedelic rock music, and, as they evolved, for their progressive rock music. ... John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton album cover John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers was a pioneering British blues band, led by singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist John Mayall, that included such luminaries as: Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce (both later in Cream), Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood... For the bands 1969 eponymous debut album, see Led Zeppelin (album). ... Cream were a classic 1960s British rock band, which consisted of guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker. ... The Misunderstood: London - 1966 - L-R: Rick Moe, Rick Brown, Glenn Ross Campbell, Tony Hill, and Steve Whiting The Misunderstood were a psychedelic group originating from Riverside, California in the mid-1960s. ... Marc Bolan (born Mark Feld; 30 September 1947 - 16 September 1977), was an English singer, songwriter and guitarist whose hit singles, fashion sensibilities and stage presence with T Rex in the early 1970s helped cultivate the glam rock era and made him one of the most recognisable stars in British... T.Rex (originally known as Tyrannosaurus Rex, also occasionally spelt T Rex or T-Rex), were an English rock band fronted by Marc Bolan. ... Don Van Vliet (born Don Glen Vliet on January 15, 1941, in Glendale, California, U.S.) is a musician and visual artist, best known by the pseudonym Captain Beefheart. ... A chauffeur in Japan A driver in Kerala A chauffeur is one who drives an automobile as a job. ...


As important as the musical content of the programme was the personal—sometimes confessional—tone of Peel's presentation, and the listener participation it engendered. He would often wish his audience love and peace, but this seemed sincere and heartfelt, rather than a mere hippy cliché. Underground events he had attended during his periods of shore leave, like the UFO Club and the "14 Hour Technicolor Dream", together with causes célèbres like the drug "busts" of the Rolling Stones and John "Hoppy" Hopkins, were discussed between records. All this was far removed from Radio London's daytime format. UFOria The Universal Freak Out Club was a famous but shortlived club in London during the 1960s, venue of performances by many of the top bands of the day. ... A cause célèbre (of which the plural is causes célèbres) is an issue or incident arousing widespread controversy, outside campaigning and/or heated public debate. ... This article is about the rock band. ...


Listeners, enthused by the Perfumed Garden's unique atmosphere, sent Peel letters, poems, even records from their own collections, so that the programme became a vehicle for two-way communication — by the final week of Radio London he was receiving far more mail than any other DJ on the station. (See interview with Peel at http://www.djhistory.com/djhistory/archiveInterviewDisplay.php?interview_id=43} The Perfumed Garden by Sheikh Nefzaoui is a sex manual and work of erotic literature. ...


After the closure of Radio London in 1967, the Perfumed Garden lived on in his column of that name in the underground newspaper International Times (from autumn 1967 to mid-1969), in which he showed himself to be a committed, if critical, supporter of the ideals of the underground; and in the Perfumed Garden mailing list, a group formed by keen listeners, which facilitated contacts and gave rise to numerous small-scale, local arts projects typical of the time, including the poetry magazine "Sol". (Peel, supportive at first, distanced himself from this "community" as his career developed - as can be seen from his autobiography, which contains very critical commments on the late 1960s British "Arts Lab" movement.)[citation needed] The Perfumed Garden by Sheikh Nefzaoui is a sex manual and work of erotic literature. ... The International Times (IT) was an underground paper started in 1966 in the UK, based in central London. ... The Perfumed Garden by Sheikh Nefzaoui is a sex manual and work of erotic literature. ...

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Studio in Broadcasting House

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BBC career

BBC Radio 1

When Radio London closed down on August 14, 1967, John Peel joined the BBC's new pop music station, BBC Radio 1, which began broadcasting the following month. Unlike Big L, Radio 1 was not a full-time station, but a hybrid of recorded music and live studio orchestras broadcast at the same time as the talk and light music of BBC Radio Two. The pirate stations had been successful partly because they played records continuously, but the BBC was gagged by the Musicians' Union and record company restriction called needle time. While The Perfumed Garden had been spontaneously produced and introduced by John Peel, BBC regulations demanded that Peel introduce a show produced by Bernie Andrews called Top Gear. Peel recalled: is the 226th day of the year (227th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... 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. ... Orchestra at City Hall (Edmonton). ... Radio 2 is one of the BBCs national radio stations. ... The Musicians Union of the United Kingdom represents the interests of working musicians. ... Needle time was created in the United Kingdom by the Musicians Union and Phonographic Performances Ltd. ... Top Gear was a progressive music show in the early years of BBC Radio 1 (from 1967 into the 1970s) hosted variously by Pete Drummond and, most famously, John Peel. ...

I was one of the first lot on Radio 1 and I think it was mainly because ... Radio 1 had no real idea what they were doing so they had to take people off the pirate ships because there wasn't anybody else.

At first he was obliged to share presentation duties with other DJs (Pete Drummond and Tommy Vance were among his co-hosts) but in February 1968 was given sole charge of "Top Gear" - a role which he held until the show ended in 1975. His subsequent programmes, known simply as John Peel shows, continued in the same vein, playing an eclectic mix of music that simply caught Peel's attention. According to his autobiography, both the authorities at Radio 1 and his audience did not always appreciate the music he played, and at various stages of his career he received complaints for playing music, such as reggae, hip-hop, punk and industrial music, which challenged the preconceptions of his listeners. DJ or dj may stand for Disc jockey, dinner jacket The DeadJournal website, or Djibouti. ... Tommy Vance, born Richard Anthony Crispian Francis Prew Hope-Weston (July 11, 1941 – March 6, 2005) was a British pop radio broadcaster, born in Eynsham, Oxfordshire. ... Top Gear may refer to: Top Gear (current format), a BBC television series about cars and motorsport in its new format (2002–present). ... Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. ... For other uses, see Hip hop (disambiguation). ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... It has been suggested that Chicago Industrial be merged into this article or section. ...


From the start Peel had displayed a quirky, eclectic and avant-garde taste in music. He was largely responsible for introducing BBC listeners to punk rock, reggae and hip-hop and electronic dance music. In 1973 he played both sides of Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells in full, the subsequent success of which helped establish Richard Branson's Virgin music label. His favourite song was "Teenage Kicks" by The Undertones. Peel championed the long-running Manchester band The Fall, who played 24 sessions for the show, including one on Peel's 60th birthday. Once he liked a Cocteau Twins album so much that he played a whole side, non-stop, without interruption. His avant-garde musical tastes brought him into conflict with other more conservative DJs at the BBC such as Tony Blackburn and Simon Bates. He remained a dominant force in independent music, both in the UK and across Europe, until his death. Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... Electronic dance music (EDM) is a broad set of percussive music genres that largely inherit from 1970s disco music and, to some extent, the experimental pop music of Kraftwerk. ... Michael Gordon Oldfield (born May 15, 1953 in Reading, England) is a multi-instrumentalist musician and composer, working a style that blends progressive rock, folk, ethnic or world music, classical music, electronic music and more recently dance. ... This article is about the Mike Oldfield album. ... Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950 ) in Shamley Green, Surrey, England), is a British entrepreneur, best known for his Virgin brand of over 360 companies. ... Virgin Group Ltd is a group of separately run companies that each use the Virgin brand of British celebrity business tycoon Sir Richard Branson. ... Teenage Kicks is a song originally recorded by Northern Ireland new wave group the Undertones. ... The picture cover of The Undertones 1979 Youve Got My Number (Why Dont You Use It!) single The Undertones are a Northern Irish rock band formed in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1975. ... This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ... This article is about the band. ... Cocteau Twins were a Scottish alternative rock band active from 1982 to 1997. ... Tony Blackburn (born 29 January 1943 in Guildford, Surrey) is an award winning English disc jockey, who broadcast on the pirate stations Radio Caroline and Radio London in the 1960s and was the first presenter to appear on BBC Radio 1 in 1967. ... Simon Bates (born Birmingham, 17 December 1947) is best known for being a disc jockey in the UK and New Zealand. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ...


During 1969, after hosting a trailer for a BBC programme on VD on his Night Ride programme, Peel received significant media attention because of admitting on air to having suffered from a sexually transmitted disease earlier that year. This admission was later used in an attempt to discredit him when he appeared as a defence witness in the 1971 OZ obscenity trial. The judge in that case even instructed that a glass of water he had drunk from be thrown out. Sexually-transmitted infections (STIs), also known as sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs), are diseases that are commonly transmitted between partners through some form of sexual activity, most commonly vaginal intercourse, oral sex, or anal sex. ... A sexually transmitted disease (STD) is an illness caused by an infectious pathogen that has a significant probability of transmission between humans or animals by means of sexual contact, including vaginal intercourse, oral sex, and anal sex. ... Oz Number 3 Oz was a satirical humour magazine first published between 1963–69 in Sydney, Australia and, in its second and more famous incarnation, from 1967 to 1973 in London, England. ...


The Night Ride programme (on Wednesdays, between 12 midnight and 1 a.m.), advertised by the BBC as an exploration of words and music, seemed to take up from where the Perfumed Garden had left off. It featured a highly eclectic choice of music, from rock, folk (e.g., the Incredible String Band, the Young Tradition, John Renbourn, Davey Graham, Tangerine Dream) and blues (Fred McDowell, Jo Ann Kelly) to classical (Albéniz, Dvořák, Penderecki, Messiaen, Pachelbel's "Canon"). A unique feature of the programme was the inclusion of tracks, mostly of exotic non-Western music, drawn from the BBC Sound Archives; the most popular of these were gathered on a BBC Records LP, "John Peel's Archive Things" (1970). Night Ride also featured poetry readings from Brian Patten, Carlyle Reedy, Adrian Henri (and his band The Liverpool Scene), Adrian Mitchell, Christopher Logue and many other "beat" or "pop" poets. There were also numerous interviews with a wide range of guests, from his personal friends - Marc Bolan, journalist and musician Mick Farren, poet Pete Roche, singer-songwriter Bridget St. John - to stars such as the Byrds, the Rolling Stones and John Lennon and Yoko Ono - and even Hans Keller, head of BBC Radio 3. A youthful Richard Branson promoted his magazine "Student"; Tony Elliott publicised the new London listings magazine "Time Out". Peel interviewed a monk, Dom Robert Petit Pierre, and eulogised the night Robert Kennedy was killed. For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Bold text The Incredible String Band (or ISB) is a Scottish acoustic band which, (in the words of one of their early songs [1] ) way back in the 1960s built a popular following within British counter culture, and the members of the group are considered psych folk musical pioneers. ... The Young Tradition Sampler, released in 1969. ... John Renbourn (born August 8, 1944, Marylebone, North London, England) is a British guitarist and songwriter. ... David Michael Gordon Graham, known as Davey Graham (originally Davy Graham), b. ... Tangerine Dream is a German electronic music group founded in 1967 by Edgar Froese. ... Fred McDowell (January 12, 1904 - July 3, 1972), called Mississippi Fred McDowell, was a blues singer and guitar player. ... Jo Ann Kelly; cover of 1969 album Epic BN 26491 Jo Ann Kelly (January 5, 1944 - October 21, 1990) British Blues Singer and Guitarist, unquestionably the queen of British country blues singers (Paul Jones (singer) of The Blues Band fame) It was hard to do Walking Blues for instance, but... Isaac Albéniz Isaac Manuel Francisco Albéniz (IPA: ) (May 29, 1860 – May 18, 1909) was a Spanish pianist and composer best known for his piano works based on Spanish folk music. ... Dvořák is a common Czech surname (the feminine form is Dvořáková) derived from dvůr (=court, estate). ... 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The programme captured much of the creative activity of the underground scene. Its anti-establishment stance and unpredictability did not find approval with the BBC hierarchy, though, and after 18 months it ended in September 1969. In his sleevenotes to the "Archive Things" LP Peel calls the free-form nature of Night Ride his preferred radio format, but he was never again to present such an adventurous programme (although others, notably Radio Geronimo, attempted US-style hippy radio). The BBC's restrictive scheduling compelled him to return to the mixture of records and live sessions which was to characterise his Radio 1 programmes for the rest of his career. An LP Long playing (LP), either 10 or 12-inch diameter, 33 rpm (actually 33. ... Hippies (singular hippie or sometimes hippy) were members of the 1960s counterculture movement who adopted a communal or nomadic lifestyle, renounced corporate nationalism and the Vietnam War, embraced aspects of Buddhism, Hinduism, and/or Native American religious culture, and were otherwise at odds with traditional middle class Western values. ...


Peel made his reputation in the late 1960s, but did not share the nostalgia of those who look back on it as a "golden era". Later, he would speak of being uncomfortable as a "minor princeling among the hippies" and uneasy with the guru-like status he was afforded at the height of his fashionability. It was easy to forget that he was ten years older than most of his listeners; also, despite his tendency to talk about his life experiences between the records he played, his listeners knew little of the difficulties of his first marriage. He did, however, believe very strongly in the hippy ideals, and was deeply disappointed when some of the leading lights of the underground scene proved to be careerists, opportunists or charlatans. The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969. ... For other uses, see Guru (disambiguation). ...


After separation from his first wife, Peel's personal life began to stabilise, as he found friendship and support from new "Top Gear" producer John Walters - and from a girlfriend whom he identified on-air as "the Pig". Eventually, on 31 August 1974, Peel married Sheila Gilhooly. The reception was in London's Regent's Park, with Walters as best man. Peel wore Liverpool football colours (red) and walked down the aisle to the song "You'll Never Walk Alone". Their sheepdog, Woggle, served as a bridesmaid. His relationship with Sheila was one of the most important things in his life. John Walters (May 16, 1938 – July 30, 2001) was a British radio producer and presenter and musician and educated at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. ... is the 243rd day of the year (244th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about Regents Park in London. ... Youll Never Walk Alone is a song written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II for their 1945 musical, Carousel. ... A Sheep dog is a type of domestic dog whose original purpose was to herd or guard sheep. ... A bridesmaid is a girl or young woman who attends to the bride during or after a wedding or marriage ceremony. ...


Peel was the first to play the Sex Pistols' "God Save the Queen", in December 1976, having played "Anarchy in the UK", which was banned from the BBC's daytime playlist, a month earlier. In 1976 he was also the first to play Bob Dylan's Desire in the UK, despite Capital Radio having exclusive permission from CBS to be the first to do so. Peel got hold of a copy of the record and, to beat Capital, played it in full, separated by a reggae track while he changed the record over. Peel was to show this disregard for record company rules again when in 2003 he played three tracks from The White Stripes album Elephant before its official release date, resulting in him being threatened by lawyers for the record company V2. The Sex Pistols were an iconic and highly influential English punk rock band, formed in London in 1975. ... Publication of an early version in The Gentlemans Magazine, 15 October 1745. ... Anarchy in the U.K. (B-side I Wanna Be Me) was the first single by the punk band the Sex Pistols released on November 26, 1976, and is thus frequently considered to be the first punk single (although The Ramones released Blitzkrieg Bop a year earlier). ... This article is about the recording artist. ... Desire is an album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on the Columbia Records label in 1976. ... This article is about the British radio station. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... This article is about the American duo. ... Elephant is the fourth album by American rock band The White Stripes, released in 2003. ... V2 V2, Japanese musical duo formed by Yoshiki of ex-X Japan and Tetsuya Komuro V2 Records V2 word order, the verb-second word order of Germanic languages Velocity 2, the speed where an aircraft accelerating on a runway must lift-off Visual cortex#V2 area Vatican II or Second...


The fact that Peel played a large selection of music from outside the mainstream occasionally brought him into conflict with Radio 1 bosses. In early 1977 station controller Derek Chinnery contacted John Walters and asked him to confirm that the show was not playing any punk, which he (Chinnery) had read about in the press and disapproved of. Chinnery was evidently somewhat surprised by Walters' reply that in recent weeks they had been playing little else.[6] Derek Chinnery was the controller of BBC Radio 1 from 1978 to 1985. ... John Walters (May 16, 1938 - July 30, 2001) was a British radio producer and presenter and musician. ...


Relations between Peel and the station deteriorated further still when it was announced in 1984 that his broadcasts would be reduced from four to three a week, with Tommy Vance's Into the Music show (playing mostly progressive rock from the 1970s) filling the vacant slot. Peel was unhappy with the move and said so publicly on a number of occasions,[7] although his displeasure was mitigated slightly when Into the Music was axed after only a year. Tommy Vance, born Richard Anthony Crispian Francis Prew Hope-Weston (July 11, 1941 – March 6, 2005) was a British pop radio broadcaster, born in Eynsham, Oxfordshire. ... For the Swedish political music movement, see progg. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ...

Peel Acres
Peel Acres

His radio show was latterly sometimes broadcast from his home in Suffolk, England, nicknamed "Peel Acres", and had a homely air, with his wife, Sheila, whom he affectionately referred to as "The Pig" (because of her laugh), and his children, William, Tom, Alexandra (Danda) and Florence (Flossie) often being involved or at least mentioned. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Suffolk (pronounced ) is a large historic and modern non-metropolitan county in East Anglia, England. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ...


Latterly the show also regularly featured live performances, mostly from BBC Maida Vale studios in West London, but occasionally in the Peel Acres living room. Maida Vale is a road in north-west London, and a district surrounding it. ... Satellite image of the inner part of West London Ayad Dibis is the best in West London. ...


In addition to his championing of new music, Peel also played many older, often obscure records on his show, specifically in two sections he introduced:

  • "The Pig's Big 78": Sheila, John Peel's wife, chose a 78 rpm record, which he played.
  • "The Peelennium": broadcast over his last 100 shows of 1999, this covered the music of the 20th century. Each show covered a different year in turn—four records from the year would be played and main news stories covered.

Besides the countless bands he championed, Peel also supported the rare and the unusual, often in the form of the spoken word. If not for John Walters and John Peel, it's possible that Vivian Stanshall's Sir Henry at Rawlinson End might never have been heard. A 12-inch record (left), a 7-inch record (right), and a CD (above) Two 7 singles (left), two colored 7 singles (middle), and two 7 singles with large spindle holes (right). ... Lifes like that sometimes, isnt it? — Stanshall prepares to sing The Sound of Music with the Bonzo Dog Band on Do Not Adjust Your Set. ...


An annual tradition of the show was the Festive Fifty—a countdown of the best tracks of the year as voted for by the listeners. Despite Peel's eclectic playlist, the Festive Fifty tended to be composed largely of "white boys with guitars", in Peel's words. This frustrated Peel somewhat, and in 1991 he went so far as to cancel the rundown. Topped inevitably by Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit", this Phantom Fifty was eventually broadcast at the rate of one track per programme, some years later. The 1997 chart was, unusually, a Festive Thirty-One. Peel wrote that The Festive Fifty was originally an annual list of the years fifty (though the exact figure varied above and below this number) best songs compiled at the end of the year and voted for by listeners to John Peels BBC Radio 1 show. ... Indie rock is a subgenre of rock music often used to refer to bands that are on small independent record labels or that arent on labels at all. ... This article is about the American grunge band. ... Nevermind track listing Smells Like Teen Spirit (1) In Bloom (2) Smells Like Teen Spirit is a song by the American rock band Nirvana, and the opening track and lead single from the bands 1991 breakthrough album Nevermind. ...

The Festive 50 dates back to what was doubtless a crisp September morning in the early-to-mid Seventies, when John Walters and I were musing on life in his uniquely squalid office. In our waggish way, we decided to mock the enthusiasm of the Radio 1 management of the time for programmes with alliterative titles. Content, we felt, was of less importance than a snappy Radio Times billing. In the course of our historic meeting we had, I imagine, some fine reasons for dismissing the idea of a Festive 40 and going instead for a Festive 50, a decision that was to ruin my Decembers for years to come, condemning me to night after night at home with a ledger, when I could have been out and about having fun, fun, fun.[8]

Peel's show was the only place on Radio 1 where listeners could hear the latest electronic dance music before they became popular, such as the various styles of house, techno and hardcore music - indeed, there is a UK hardcore track entitled "John Peel is Not Enough" by the artist CLSM, reflecting hardcore's hopes for wider broadcast exposure. Peel was so impressed by this that not only did he play it on his show several times, but dedicated an entire show to the genre, in hopes that it could spawn its own show. Peel also championed a wealth of other musical genres from reggae to death metal. However, his much vaunted eclecticism had its limits; he rarely if ever gave airtime to industrial music, nor did he show any interest in or sympathy for free jazz and improvisation. Alliteration is one of the stylistic devices (literary technique) in which successive words (more strictly, stressed syllables) begin with the same sound or with the same letter. ... Electronic dance music (EDM) is a broad set of percussive music genres that largely inherit from 1970s disco music and, to some extent, the experimental pop music of Kraftwerk. ... House music is a style of electronic dance music that was developed by dance club DJs in Chicago in the early to mid-1980s. ... For the comic book character previously known as Techno, see Fixer (comics). ... <nowiki>Insert non-formatted text here<nowiki>Insert non-formatted text here<nowiki>Insert non-formatted text here<nowiki>Insert non-formatted text here<nowiki>Insert non-formatted text here</nowiki></nowiki></nowiki></nowiki></nowiki> This article is about electronic music. ... CLSM is an upfront hardcore group from the UK fronted by Jon Doe and Gavin Spong. ... Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. ... This article is about the musical genre. ... It has been suggested that Chicago Industrial be merged into this article or section. ... This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ... Free improvisation or free music is improvised music without any rules beyond the taste or inclination of the musician(s) involved; in many cases the musicians make an active effort to avoiding overt references to recognizable musical genres. ...


Many bands and artists of a wide range of different musical styles from different decades credit Peel as a major boost to their careers. The list includes T-Rex,Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, The Faces, Bolt Thrower, The Sex Pistols, The Slits, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Fairport Convention, Pink Floyd, The Clash, Napalm Death, Carcass, Extreme Noise Terror, The Undertones, Buzzcocks, Gary Numan, The Cure, Joy Division, The Wedding Present, Six By Seven, Def Leppard, The Orb, Pulp, Ash, Orbital, The Smiths, FSK, Trumans Water, The Black Keys, The White Stripes and PJ Harvey. Peel's reputation as the most important DJ breaking unsigned acts into the mainstream was such that young hopefuls sent him an enormous amount of records, CDs, and tapes. When he returned home from a three week holiday at the end of 1986 there were 173 LPs, 91 12"s and 179 7"s waiting for him. 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He fronted and provided voiceovers for a large number of other programmes in his long career. Never someone to shy away from controversial topics, Peel agreed to front a 1994 one-off documentary for Radio 1 about the use of recreational drugs by popular musicians. The programme, "Lost In Music", made by an independent production company, was heavily slated by a dry BBC Review board and Liz Forgan in particular, who declared that she hoped "my children never hear this" [citation needed]. However it received critical acclaim for its honest approach to a delicate subject. Recreational drug use is the use of psychoactive drugs for recreational rather than medical or spiritual purposes, although the distinction is not always clear. ... Dame Elizabeth Liz Anne Lucy Forgan, DBE (born 1944) is a British journalist and television executive who was educated at St Hughs College, Oxford. ...


Peel remained on BBC Radio 1 for 37 years, until his death in 2004. During that time over 4000 sessions were recorded for him by over 2000 artists.[10] The last track he played on his final show was "Time 4 Change" by Klute) from the album No One's Listening Anymore. 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. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the drum and bass artist. ...


Peel Sessions

A feature of Peel's BBC Radio 1 shows were the famous John Peel Sessions, which usually consisted of four pieces of music pre-recorded at the BBC's studios. The sessions originally came about due to restrictions imposed on the BBC by the Musicians' Union and Phonographic Performances Limited which represented the record companies dominated by the EMI cartel, the BBC had been forced to hire bands and orchestras to render cover versions of recorded music. The theory behind this device was that it would create employment and force people to buy records and not listen to them free of charge on the air. One of the reasons why all of the offshore broadcasting stations of the 1960s were called "pirates" was because they operated outside of British laws and were not bound by the needle time restriction on the number of records they could play on the air. 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. ... The Musicians Union of the United Kingdom represents the interests of working musicians. ... Phonographic Performances Limited (PPL), was formed in 1934 to represent the interests of the recording industry in the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see EMI (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... In pop music a cover version is a new rendition of a previously recorded song. ... Needle time was created in the United Kingdom by the Musicians Union and Phonographic Performances Ltd. ...


The BBC employed its own house bands and orchestras and it also engaged outside bands to record exclusive tracks for its programs in BBC studios. This was the reason why Peel was able to use "session men" in his own programs. Sessions were usually four tracks recorded and mixed in a single day; as such they often had a rough and ready, demo-like feel, somewhere between a live performance and a finished recording. Many classic Peel Sessions have been released on record, particularly by the Strange Fruit label. Strange Fruit Records is an independent record label in the United Kingdom. ...


See also:

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BBC World Service, foreign radio and BBC Local Radio

In addition to his Radio 1 show, he broadcast as a disc jockey on the BBC World Service, 30 years on the British Forces Broadcasting Service BFBS (John Peel's Music on BFBS), VPRO Radio3 in the Netherlands, YLE Radio Mafia in Finland, Ö3 in Austria (Nachtexpress), and on Radio 4U, Radio Eins (Peel ...), Radio Bremen (Ritz) and some independent radio stations around FSK Hamburg in Germany. His audience also broadened to include listeners around the world listening to internet audio broadcasts. As a result of his BFBS programme he was voted, in Germany, 'Top DJ in Europe'. The BBC World Service is one of the most widely recognised international broadcasters of radio programming, transmitting in 33 languages to many parts of the world. ... BBC Local Radio is the BBCs regional radio service for England and the Channel Islands, consisting of 40 stations. ... The BBC World Service is one of the most widely recognised international broadcasters of radio programming, transmitting in 33 languages to many parts of the world. ... The British Forces Broadcasting Service was established by the British War Office (now Ministry of Defence) in 1943, and today provides radio and television programming for HM Forces, and their dependents worldwide, in Germany, Cyprus, Belize, Canada, Bosnia, Kosovo and the Middle East. ... Radio Bremen, the smallest public radio and television broadcaster in Germany, based in Bremen. ... The British Forces Broadcasting Service was established by the British War Office (now Ministry of Defence) in 1943, and today provides radio and television programming for HM Forces, and their dependents worldwide, in Germany, Cyprus, Belize, Canada, Bosnia, Kosovo and the Middle East. ...


Additionally, for a few years in the late 1980s and early 1990s he hosted a Sunday evening programme on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire which was also broadcast on several other local stations in the East of England. The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... BBC Radio Cambridgeshire is the BBC Local Radio service for the English county of Cambridgeshire. ...


BBC Television

He was an occasional presenter of Top of the Pops on BBC 1 TV from the late 1960s until the 1990s, and in particular from 1982 to 1987 when he appeared regularly. Unlike other presenters of the show he was noted for his caustic remarks about the acts and songs appearing, for example saying of George Michael and Aretha Franklin's "I Knew You Were Waiting For Me": 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. ... BBC One (or BBC1 as it was formerly styled) is the oldest United Kingdom, and indeed, the world. ... This article is about the musician. ... Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. ...


"You know, Aretha Franklin can make any old rubbish sound good, and I think she just has." Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. ...


In 1971 he appeared not as presenter but performer, alongside Rod Stewart and The Faces, pretending to play mandolin on "Maggie May." Rod Stewart, CBE (born January 10, 1945), is a singer and songwriter born and raised in London, England, with Scottish parentage. ... Small Faces album cover Faces were an early 1970s rock band formed in 1969 from the ashes of The Small Faces after Steve Marriott left to form Humble Pie; new members Ron Wood (guitar) and Rod Stewart (vocals) (both from The Jeff Beck Group) joined Ronnie Lane (bass), Ian McLagan... This article is about the musical instrument. ... This article is about the Rod Stewart song. ...


Peel, as the most senior and well known "alternative" DJ often presented the BBC's television coverage of music events, notably Glastonbury Festival. For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, commonly abbreviated to Glastonbury or Glasto, is the largest[1] greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world. ...


In 1996 he was the subject of the BBC's "This Is Your Life". This Is Your Life was a television documentary series hosted by its producer, Ralph Edwards. ...


In spite of all of these appearances he never particularly liked appearing on television[11] and, in an interview for Radio 1's "Radio Radio" series broadcast on 8 February 1986, disdained those Radio 1 DJs who he felt were using their radio careers as a stepping stone on the way to TV stardom. is the 39th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ...


Dandelion Records and Strange Fruit

In 1969 Peel founded Dandelion Records (named after his pet hamster) so he could release the debut album by Bridget St John, which he also produced. The label released 27 albums by 18 different artists before folding in 1972. Dandelion was never a great success with only two releases charting in national charts: Medicine Head in the UK with "(And The) Pictures In The Sky" and Beau in Lebanon with "1917 Revolution". In 1972, the second album for the label by Tractor reached number 18 in the Radio Luxembourg chart and number 30 in the Virgin Shops best selling album chart. Peel continued throughout his career to maintain a close link with Tractor and Rochdale. Dandelion Records was a British record label started in 1969 by the British DJ John Peel as a way to get the music he liked onto record. ... Bridget St John is the legendary singer and songwriter, whose reputation is built on three remarkable albums she recorded between 1969 and 1972 for John Peels Dandelion record label. ... Medicine Head was a British blues/rock band, active in the 1970s. ... For the character type beau or beaux from Restoration comedy and after, see Fop. ... Radio Luxembourg is a commercial radio station that has broadcast in many languages in conjunction with a television service operated from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. ... For other uses, see Rochdale (disambiguation). ...


As Peel stated,

It was never a success financially. In fact, we lost money, if I remember correctly, on every single release bar one. I did quite like it but it was terribly indulgent. Not as indulgent as it would have been had I not had a business partner, admittedly... I liked having a label. It enabled you to put out stuff that you liked without, in those days, having to worry about whether it was going to work commercially. I've never been a good business man.

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Family and home life

studio at Peel Acres
studio at Peel Acres

In the 1970s John Peel and his wife Sheila moved to a thatched cottage in the village of Great Finborough near Stowmarket in Suffolk, starting a family of four children. In the eight-acre (32,000 m²) garden, referred to on the radio as Peel Acres (a name he had also used for his small London flats in the late '60s), he housed his record collection, estimated by then to be in the hundreds of thousands, in a number of barns and stables. In his later years Peel introduced many of his radio shows from a studio at Peel Acres. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Thatching is the art or craft of covering a roof with vegetative materials such as straw, reed or sedge. ... Great Finborough is a rural village in Suffolk, England. ... For the former Parliamentary constituency, see Stowmarket (UK Parliament constituency). ... Suffolk (pronounced ) is a large historic and modern non-metropolitan county in East Anglia, England. ...


Peel and Sheila had four children. His passion for Liverpool F.C. was reflected in their names: William Robert Anfield, Alexandra Mary Anfield, Thomas James Dalglish, and Florence Victoria Shankly. John credited Ipswich Town F.C. with helping to save his wife Sheila's life after her serious illness, and regularly went with her to watch her favourites at Portman Road. Liverpool Football Club are an English professional football club based in Liverpool, Merseyside, who play in the Premier League; they are historically the most successful club in the history of English football, having won more trophies than any other English club. ... This article is about the football stadium. ... Kenneth Mathieson Dalglish MBE (born 4 March 1951 in Dalmarnock, Glasgow) is a former Scottish international football player. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... Ipswich Town Football Club (also known as Ipswich, The Blues, Town or The Tractor Boys) are an English professional football club based in Ipswich, Suffolk. ... Portman Road is the home ground of English Football club Ipswich Town. ...


Later years

A mural of John Peel on the side wall of The Prince Albert pub in Brighton.
A mural of John Peel on the side wall of The Prince Albert pub in Brighton.

In his later years Peel appeared to mellow somewhat. Between 1995 and 1997 he presented a show about children, called Offspring, on BBC Radio 4. In 1998 Offspring grew into the magazine-style documentary show Home Truths. When he took on the job presenting the programme, which was about everyday life in British families, Peel requested that it be free from celebrities, as he found real life stories more entertaining. Home Truths was described by occasional stand-in presenter John Walters as being "about people who had fridges called Renfrewshire". He also made regular contributions to BBC Two's humorous look at the irritations of modern life Grumpy Old Men. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1600 × 1200 pixel, file size: 750 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Mural of the late John Peel on a wall in Frederick Place, Brighton. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1600 × 1200 pixel, file size: 750 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Mural of the late John Peel on a wall in Frederick Place, Brighton. ... For other places with the same name, see Brighton (disambiguation). ... old Radio 4 logo BBC Radio 4 is a UK domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ... Home Truths is a weekly BBC Radio 4 programme which was created in 1997 and was originally hosted by the DJ and presenter John Peel until his death in October 2004. ... John Walters (May 16, 1938 – July 30, 2001) was a British radio producer and presenter and musician and educated at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. ... For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 2. ... Grumpy Old Men is a conversational-style television programme on BBC2 which debuted in 2003. ...


He appeared as a celebrity guest on a number of TV shows, including 'This Is Your Life' (1996, BBC), 'Travels With My Camera' (1996, Channel 4 TV), and 'Going Home' (2002, ITV TV). He was also in demand as a voice-over artist for television documentaries, such as BBC One's A Life of Grime, and advertisements, though he reportedly refused to work on adverts for products that he didn't use himself. He once said that he hoped his voice-over for Andrex toilet tissue would "make people want to wipe their bottom". This Is Your Life was a television documentary series hosted by its producer, Ralph Edwards. ... This article is about the British television station. ... Independent Television (generally known as ITV, but also as ITV Network) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990 and the Broadcasting... For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 1. ... A Life of Grime (play on the expression A Life of Crime) is a BBC docusoap following the work of environmental health inspectors. ... Andrex is a company that manufactures toilet roll. ...


Peel became known as one of the few people in public life that could be described as having integrity. On that question he told Third Way Magazine 'I don’t know what people mean by “integrity”. I’ve always found it easier to tell the truth because that way you don’t have to remember what you’ve said. So, for purely practical reasons it is the best thing.'[12] There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ...


His only appearance in film in an acting role was in 1999 as a "grumpy old man who catalogues records" in "Five Seconds to Spare", although he had provided narration for others.[13]


Awards and honorary degrees

Peel was 11 times Melody Maker's DJ of the year, Sony Broadcaster of the Year in 1993, winner of the Godlike Genius Award from the NME in 1994, Sony Gold Award winner in 2002 and is a member of the Radio Academy Hall of Fame. At the NME awards in 2005 he was Hero of the Year and was posthumously given a special award for "Lifelong Service To Music". At the same event the "John Peel Award For Musical Innovation" was awarded to The Others. Melody Maker, published in the United Kingdom, was (until its closure) the worlds oldest weekly music newspaper. ... Sony Corporation ) is a Japanese multinational corporation and one of the worlds largest media conglomerates with revenue of $66. ... For other uses, see NME (disambiguation). ... Sony Corporation ) is a Japanese multinational corporation and one of the worlds largest media conglomerates with revenue of $66. ... The Radio Academy is registered charity which acts as a professional body for the radio industry in the UK. Its mission is the encouragement, recognition and promotion of excellence throughout the UK radio industry. The Academy supports its sister organisation the Student Radio Association. ... The Others are an English rock band, signed to Poptones in July 2004 and their eponymous debut album was released on January 31, 2005. ...


He was awarded many honorary degrees including an MA from the University of East Anglia, doctorates (Anglia Polytechnic University and Sheffield Hallam University), various honorary degrees (University of Liverpool, Open University, University of Portsmouth, University of Bradford) and a fellowship of Liverpool John Moores University. An honorary degree (Latin: honoris causa ad gradum, not to be confused with an honors degree) is an academic degree awarded to an individual as a decoration, rather than as the result of matriculating and studying for several years. ... UEA redirects here. ... The Anglia Polytechnic University is a university in the United Kingdom, with campuses in Cambridge and Chelmsford. ... Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) is a university in Sheffield, England. ... The University of Liverpool is a university in the city of Liverpool, England. ... Affiliations Alliance of Non-Aligned Universities, Association of Commonwealth Universities, European Association of Distance Teaching Universities, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Website http://www. ... The University of Portsmouth is the only university in the city of Portsmouth, Hampshire. ... The University of Bradford is a university in Bradford, West Yorkshire in the United Kingdom. ... Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) is a university in Liverpool, England. ...


He was appointed an OBE in 1998, for his services to British music. In that year he was also voted 47th in a Cosmopolitan readers' poll of the Top 50 Most Lovable Men in the World. 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... June 1936 issue Cosmopolitan is a magazine for women, sometimes referred to as Cosmo, which has been published for more than a century. ...


In 2002, the BBC conducted a vote to discover the 100 Greatest Britons of all time. Peel was voted 43rd. Also see: 2002 (number). ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Voting is a method of decision making wherein a group such as a meeting or an electorate attempts to gauge its opinion—usually as a final step following discussions or debates. ... // In 2002, the BBC conducted a vote to determine whom the general public considers the 100 Greatest Britons of all time. ...


In April 2003 the publishers Transworld successfully wooed Peel with a package worth up to £1.6 million for his autobiography, having placed an advert in a national newspaper aimed only at Peel. Unfinished at the time of his death it was completed by Sheila and journalist Ryan Gilbey. It is called Margrave Of The Marshes and was published on October 17, 2005. Transworld may refer to: Transworld, a video game for the Amiga console. ... is the 290th day of the year (291st 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. ...


Health in later years and death

Peel was diagnosed with diabetes in 2001. In an interview with The Guardian newspaper in 2003 he was asked how his life could be improved. He replied: 'By not having diabetes. If you have diabetes you have to eat things you may not want to, at times you don't feel hungry. I have a hell of a battle not to get overweight. One of the side-effects is penile dysfunction. Effectively my sex life is over. I can't take Viagra because it conflicts with the other medicines that I have to take.' In the same interview he talked about growing old: 'I hope I can retain a few of my faculties until I die, but the idea of drifting into an unattractive old age worries you.' This article is about the disease that features high blood sugar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see Guardian. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Two weeks before his death he told friend and colleague Andy Kershaw that the move of his show, in summer 2004, back an hour from a 10pm start to 11pm, caused him a lot of stress and that he felt marginalised and unappreciated. Andy Kershaw Andy Kershaw (born November 9, 1959 in Rochdale, Greater Manchester) is a British broadcaster, known predominantly as a champion of world music. ...


Peel died suddenly at the age of 65 from a heart attack on October 25, 2004, on a working holiday in the Inca city of Cuzco in Peru. Shortly after the announcement of his death, tributes began to arrive from fans and supporters both in and out of public life. Among the first to pay their respects were such notable British artists as Blur, Oasis, and New Order. Heart attack redirects here. ... is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other meanings of Inca, see Inca (disambiguation). ... This article is the city in Peru. ... Blur were an English rock band formed in Colchester in 1989. ... Oasis is World-famous English rock band, formed in Manchester in 1991, led by lead guitarist and primary songwriter Noel Gallagher and his younger brother, lead vocalist and songwriter Liam Gallagher. ... This article is about the alternative rock/electronic band New Order. ...


On October 26, 2004 BBC Radio 1 cleared its schedules to broadcast a day of tributes, while BBC Three TV added an additional caption to its on-screen logo: "Dedicated to John Peel". A stage for new bands at the Glastonbury Festival, previously known simply as 'The New Bands Tent' has been renamed 'The John Peel Stage'. is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 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. ... For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 3. ... The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, commonly abbreviated to Glastonbury or Glasto, is the largest[1] greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world. ...


Peel often spoke wryly of his eventual death. He once said on the show Room 101, This page is about the TV series Room 101. ...

I've always imagined I'd die by driving into the back of a truck while trying to read the name on a cassette, and people would say, 'He would have wanted to go that way.' Well, I want them to know that I wouldn't.

At one point, he said that if he died before his producer John Walters, he wanted the latter to play Roy Harper's "When an Old Cricketer Leaves the Crease." In the event Walters predeceased Peel (Walters died in 2001), and it was left to Andy Kershaw to end his tribute programme to Peel on BBC Radio 3 with the song, and Peel's stand-in on his Radio 1 slot, Rob da Bank, played the song at the start of the final show before his funeral. Another time, Peel said he'd like to be remembered with a gospel song. John Walters (May 16, 1938 – July 30, 2001) was a British radio producer and presenter and musician and educated at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. ... Roy Harper (born June 12, 1941), is an English rock singer-songwriter / guitarist who specialises in folk music. ... // When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease is a track on the Roy Harper album HQ. Released as a single twice, in 1975 and 1978, it is is possibly Roys best-known song. ... Andy Kershaw Andy Kershaw (born November 9, 1959 in Rochdale, Greater Manchester) is a British broadcaster, known predominantly as a champion of world music. ... BBC Radio 3 is a radio station operated by the BBC within the United Kingdom. ... Robert Gorham, known by the pseudonym Rob da Bank, is a British disc jockey. ...


His funeral, on November 12, 2004, in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, was attended by over a thousand people including many of the artists he had championed. Eulogies were read by his brother, Alan Ravenscroft, and DJ Paul Gambaccini. The service ended with clips of him talking about his life and his coffin was carried out to the accompaniment of his favourite song: The Undertones' Teenage Kicks. (In 2001 Peel had written in The Guardian that apart from his name all he wanted on his gravestone were the words, "Teenage dreams, so hard to beat", from the track's lyrics.[14]) A private family service was held after the public funeral. is the 316th day of the year (317th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... , Bury St Edmunds is a town in the county of Suffolk, England, and was formerly the county town of West Suffolk. ... Suffolk (pronounced ) is a large historic and modern non-metropolitan county in East Anglia, England. ... DJ or dj may stand for Disc jockey, dinner jacket The DeadJournal website, or Djibouti. ... Paul Matthew Gambaccini (born April 2, 1949, New York) is a radio and television presenter in the United Kingdom. ... For people named Coffin, see Coffin (surname). ... The picture cover of The Undertones 1979 Youve Got My Number (Why Dont You Use It!) single The Undertones are a Northern Irish rock band formed in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1975. ... Teenage Kicks is a song originally recorded by Northern Ireland new wave group the Undertones. ... For other uses, see Guardian. ...


John Peel Day

On October 13, 2005, the first "John Peel Day" took place in the UK and as far away as Canada and New Zealand. The BBC encouraged as many bands as possible to stage gigs on the 13th, and over 500 gigs from bands ranging from Peel favourites New Order (who were introduced by Feargal Sharkey of The Undertones) and The Fall, to many new and unsigned bands, took place. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 327 pixelsFull resolution‎ (1,450 × 592 pixels, file size: 51 KB, MIME type: image/gif) This is a logo of an organization, item, or event, and is protected by copyright and/or trademark. ... is the 286th day of the year (287th 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. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... This article is about the alternative rock/electronic band New Order. ... Feargal Sharkey. ... The picture cover of The Undertones 1979 Youve Got My Number (Why Dont You Use It!) single The Undertones are a Northern Irish rock band formed in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1975. ... This article is about the band. ...


The day had been announced in August, and Andy Parfitt, the head of BBC Radio 1 said, "John Peel Day is about celebrating John's legacy and his unrivalled passion for music." Andy Parfitt (born 1958) is the current Controller of BBC Radio 1 in the United Kingdom. ... 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. ...


The BBC plans to make John Peel Day an annual event, and a second John Peel day was held on 12 October 2006. It has attracted some criticism from those who feel that the mass press coverage is slightly cynical given the relative popularity of his niche slot while alive. Equally there were some criticisms of the organisation of the day and the later charity single in that it focused on established artists while he was always interested in new and upcoming sounds. is the 285th day of the year (286th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


October 17, 2005 saw the release of a double CD tribute album. A number of other Peel-related albums have been released since his death, including John Peel - Right Time Wrong Speed: 1977-1987 and John Peel And Sheila: The Pig's Big 78s: A Beginner's Guide. The Cuban Boys recorded a tribute to Peel in 2005 sampling some of his broadcasts. Tractor issued a CD in 2006 entitled "John Peel Bought us Studio Gear and a PA" which in fact he had. There is a dance remix track on the album of their 1972 track for John's birthday "Ravenscroft's 13 Bar Boogie". is the 290th day of the year (291st 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. ... CD may stand for: Compact Disc Canadian Forces Decoration Cash Dispenser (at least used in Japan) CD LPMud Driver Centrum-Demokraterne (Centre Democrats of Denmark) Certificate of Deposit České Dráhy (Czech Railways) Chad (NATO country code) Chalmers Datorförening (computer club of the Chalmers University of Technology) a 1960s... The Cuban Boys were a production team consisting of school friends Skreen B and BL Underwood (also known as Blu) with brother and sister Jenny McLaren and Ricardo Autobahn. They achieved success after being aired on John Peels Radio 1 show with sample-heavy dance tracks and cut-ups... CD may stand for: Compact Disc Canadian Forces Decoration Cash Dispenser (at least used in Japan) CD LPMud Driver Centrum-Demokraterne (Centre Democrats of Denmark) Certificate of Deposit České Dráhy (Czech Railways) Chad (NATO country code) Chalmers Datorförening (computer club of the Chalmers University of Technology) a 1960s...


John Peel Day 2007 was held on 11 October 2007. is the 284th day of the year (285th in leap years) 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. ...


Trivia

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Auto-/Biography

Autobiography John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, OBE (30 August 1939 – 25 October 2004), known professionally as John Peel, was an English disc jockey, radio presenter, and journalist. ...

Notes and references

  1. ^ SocietyGuardian.co.uk. Retrieved on 2006-08-26.
  2. ^ John Peel, Top Gear (BBC Radio 1), 8 November, 1968.
  3. ^ Index Magazine 2003 - Interview with John Peel Weblink. Retrieved on 2007-03-08.
  4. ^ John Peel So hard to Beat, The Guardian, November 2, 2001. Accessed online 31 August 2006.
  5. ^ "The records that John Peel loved the most!". Retrieved on 2007-04-09.
  6. ^ Simon Garfield interview with John Peel. Retrieved on 2006-11-14.
  7. ^ I Love Music forum. Retrieved on 2006-11-14.
  8. ^ Peel, J., "Bang Bang hits the tops", The Times (London) ISSN 0140-0460, 2 January 1993, Features section pg. SR.12.
  9. ^ Andrew Collins, 2002. Still Suitable for Miners (Billy Bragg: The Official Biography). Virgin Books; ISBN 0-7535-0691-2 (Revised and Updated edition).
  10. ^ BBC - Radio 1 - Keeping It Peel - Sessions. Retrieved on 2006-08-26.
  11. ^ Guardian Unlimited. Retrieved on 2006-09-14.
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ "Keeping it Peel, BBC Radio 1 Broadcast 30th September 2007. IMDb reference (Retrieved 30th September 2007)
  14. ^ John Peel So hard to Beat, The Guardian, November 2, 2001. Accessed online 31 August 2006.
  15. ^ Peel Sessions 2004 - Keeping It Peel - BBC Online. Retrieved on 2007-10-24.
  16. ^ Inside John Peel's record box - Music - Times Online. Retrieved on 2006-08-26.
  17. ^ Pop: Keeping it Peel - Music - Times Online. Retrieved on 2006-08-26.

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NAME Peel, John
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Ravenscroft, John Robert Parker
SHORT DESCRIPTION English disc jockey, radio presenter
DATE OF BIRTH 30 August 1939(1939-08-30)
PLACE OF BIRTH Heswall, England
DATE OF DEATH 25 October 2004 (aged 65)
PLACE OF DEATH Cusco, Peru

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