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John Peel Festive Fifty 1977

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http://www.rocklistmusic.co.uk/festive50.htm

John Peel was, at first sight, the antithesis of many of the bands he loved. Balding, bearded, softly - if hilariously - spoken, he was more like a favourite uncle than a rock fan.

Yet Peel’s uncompromising encouragement of new talent transformed the face of music all the way from hippy to house.

His Radio 1 show ran three nights a week and in 1998 he became the presenter of Radio 4’s Home Truths, which won four Sony Radio awards in 1999.

He also presented a programme on the BBC World Service, taking his passion for new music to the wider world.

He was born John Robert Parker Ravenscroft in Heswall, near Liverpool, in 1939. The son of the owner of a cotton mill, his childhood was blighted by his distant parents and he was brought up mostly by a nanny.

He attended Shrewsbury public school, which he hated, an ordeal which was offset by the moment he first heard Elvis Presley singing Heartbreak Hotel.

Everything changed when I heard Elvis,” he later reflected. “Where there had been nothing there was suddenly something.”

After National Service between 1957 and 1959 he went to America. With Beatlemania in full swing, John Peel and his Liverpudlian connections proved irresistible and he soon became a DJ for WRR radio in Dallas.

Right from the outset, Peel changed the rules. He played every track without interruption, to the delight of those wishing to tape his show, while providing a witty and knowledgeable running commentary, seemingly a million miles away from the transatlantic platitudes of many of his colleagues.

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    The Festive Fifty was originally an annual list of the year's fifty, best songs compiled at the end of the year and voted for by listeners to John Peel's BBC Radio 1 show. Represent the opinion among his listeners. -.-.-.-. om hari om .....

    15 Apr 2012 Reply

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