Disc Jockeys

Alan Freed

The Disc Jockey widely believed to have first coined the phrase "rock 'n' roll" began life as a jazz trombonist with a band called Sultans Of Swing (it may have been them that Dire Straits were singing about many years later). Born in Pennsylvania in 1922, Freed began his DJ career at various Pennsylvania and Ohio radio(...)

Disc Jockeys

In Britain, Radio 1 and Top of the Pops began in the Sixties, but by 1970 the Disc Jockeys (or DJ's) had been elevated to stardom, and many were household names; Tony Blackburn, David 'Diddy' Hamilton, Alan 'Fluff' Freeman, Dave Lee Travis, Noel Edmonds and Jimmy Saville (who moved to television with Jim'll Fix It in 1975). Noel Edmonds(...)

John Peel

John Peel (born John Ravenscroft in 1939) cut his teeth as a DJ in the USA, working on stations in Dallas, Oklahoma and San Bernadino, California. He covered the assassination of President John F Kennedy before the advent of Beatlemania encouraged radio programmers to make greater use of his Liverpudlian accent. In 1967 he returned(...)

Pete Myers – ‘The Mad Daddy’

Pete Myers (aka "The Mad Daddy") was the wildest Disc Jockey from America's golden age of Rock & Roll radio - a cat who drove around in a pink Pontiac wearing a Dracula cape and 'Batty Bucks' (bat-winged sneakers). The greatest scientist of the 20th Century, Albert Einstein, was estimated to have had an IQ(...)

Rodney Bingenheimer

Many fans of Rock & Roll will have come across the name Rodney Bingenheimer: KROQ DJ, proprietor of Rodney's English Disco, friend of the stars and the self-styled Mayor of the Sunset Strip. As a teenager, Rodney was dropped off at actress Connie Stevens' house "to get an autograph" for his autograph-hunting, waitress mother - who promptly(...)