One of my favourite subjects already on my web site is the person who so shaped my outlook on music – John Peel. His love of music no matter the genre compelled me to listen late most midweek evenings to his Radio One show for many years. I’d then to go out and purchase many of his recommendations. So to mark his untimely death (65) on this day (25 October) back in 2004 whilst on a walking holiday in Peru, it has been designated as John Peel Day.
Today you can search on the net for ‘John Peel session‘ and you’ll find nearly every artist has done one whilst he was alive. Some alot more than others, The Fall, comes to mind. If it wasn’t for John Peel, I doubt 6Music would be here as they are a station which took on the ethos of the great man. Never be afraid to push the boundaries of radio broadcasting. In fact alot of their night-time output is from his archive shows.
Coming soon is the inaugural John Peel lecture presented by Pete Townsend (The Who) which the aforementioned BBC 6Music will be broadcasting. This should be very interesting so don’t miss it. Also the station will be broadcasting John Peel’s ‘Desert Island Discs‘ show recorded back in 1990 for BBC Radio 4 with Sue Lawley.
A man who lived in Suffolk, supported his hometown team Liverpool, played the mandolin, loved a curry and was married to Sheila (affectionately called on air as ‘The Pig’ ). He maybe sadly departed but his legacy will never be forgotten. Engraved on his headstone: “Teenage Dreams, So Hard To Beat“, lyrics to his favourite record ‘Teenage Kicks‘ by The Undertones.