UK ‘Radio legend’, John Peel, Dies

Veteran British radio announcer, John Peel has died of a heart attack at 65 while holidaying in Peru.

Peel had worked for the BBC’s Radio One since its launch in 1967 and, in that time, broke all types of cutting edge pop and rock acts.

Andy Parfitt of Radio One says Peel was largely responsible for introducing Britain to punk rock, reggae and hip-hop, and describes him as a ‘a broadcasting legend’.

“John’s influence has towered over the development of popular music for nearly four decades and his contribution to modern music and music culture is immeasurable.

“Hopeful bands all over the world sent their demo tapes to John, knowing he really cared. His commitment and passion for new music only grew stronger over the years.

“When I last saw John, he was engaged in a lively debate with his fellow DJs over the state of new music today. He will hugely missed.”

Peel refused to talk over the top of records or just play just the hits of the day.

At one stage, he even extended his house to store a massive record collection.