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John Peel OBE, 1939-2004

I posted this to Smaller World but I think it deserves a post here. I, and no doubt many others, are having a really hard time taking in the news that John Peel has passed away. He was the sort of person who made everyone listening feel like they were his friends. I remember him most for Home Truths on Radio 4 and for his contributions to the series Grumpy Old Men on BBC2, both of which made Peel stand out for his eccentricity. The number of bands and artists that have now made it big thanks to his show on Radio 1 is staggering, but Blur, The Sex Pistols, Pink Floyd, David Bowie and Pulp are just a few that wouldn’t have had such success had it not been for Peel playing their songs on his show.

He will be sorely missed. Richard and Daisy both have good posts and they’re worth reading. In the meantime, I’ll be listening to “Teenage Kicks” by The Undertones, Peel’s favourite song which also happens to be one of mine.

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