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Veteran BBC broadcaster John Peel has died at the age of 65, while on holiday in Peru. Peel, whose radio career spanned 40 years, was on a working holiday in the city of Cuzco with his wife Sheila when he suffered a heart attack. He was BBC Radio 1's longest-serving DJ and in recent years had also presented Home Truths on Radio 4. Radio 1 controller Andy Parfitt said Peel's contribution to modern music and culture was "immeasurable".
He added: "John Peel was a broadcasting legend. I am deeply saddened by his death as are all who work at Radio 1. "John's influence has towered over the development of popular music for nearly four decades. Hopeful bands all over the world sent their demo tapes to John knowing that he really cared. His commitment and passion for new music only grew stronger over the years. In fact, when I last saw him he was engaged in a lively debate with his fellow DJs over the state of new music today. He will be hugely missed."
Mr Parfitt told Radio 1's Newsbeat that Peel had been on a holiday of a lifetime when he died.
Don't know him, but it's always sad when someone who cares passionately about the difference they can make dies.
Aww this is sad :(
I used to listen to Home Truthes on the radio, and he was so influentual in the music industry.
Sadly midded :(
Very sad news, one of my favourite broadcasters.
i didnt know him... but i wish him that he may RIP...
Wondered if you'd post this one tlr. I hated the man intensely, but still think it's sad news. A supplemental to show his influence and respect amongst leading music artists:
Tributes pour in for DJ John Peel
Tributes have poured in from the music world after the death of veteran broadcaster John Peel, who died on holiday in Peru on Tuesday aged 65.
Members of The Smiths, The Undertones, The Manic Street Preachers, Radiohead, Blur and Joy Division have spoken about Peel's influence and legacy.
Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr said the band's early success was "largely due to the John Peel show".
Prime Minister Tony Blair also paid tribute to the BBC Radio 1 DJ.
Peel, whose radio career spanned 40 years, was on a working holiday in the city of Cuzco with his wife Sheila when he suffered a heart attack.
He was BBC Radio 1's longest-serving DJ and in recent years had also presented Home Truths on Radio 4.
Radiohead singer Thom Yorke said Peel was his "inspiration" since the age of 14. "Who am I going to listen to now? I'm thinking about you. Thanks John Peel."
Blur singer Damon Albarn said the world would be a poorer place without Peel.
"I will miss him deeply," he said. "I want to send my heartfelt sympathy to his lovely family. John's memory will never be forgotten because he had the spirit of music in him."
Feargal Sharkey, former frontman of The Undertones, described Peel as the "single most important broadcaster we have ever known".
'He changed my life forever'
The band's single Teenage Kicks was Peel's favourite song and he championed the track and the band on his show in the late 1970s.
Sharkey said: "In the autumn of 1978, something happened that was to change my life forever - John Peel played Teenage Kicks on the radio for the very first time. Today, it just changed again, forever."
Johnny Marr, who played with The Smiths on live sessions on Peel's show, said he was always the best DJ on the radio.
"We would try out new songs on the sessions and these often were the definitive version," he said.
Pulp frontman Jarvis ****er said: "In a world that is becoming ever more homogenised and pre-programmed, John Peel stuck up for the 'sore thumbs' of the music scene and I really can't think of anyone who could have done it better or who's going to do it now he's gone."
Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher called Peel "a rare breed amongst radio DJs". The Manic Street Preachers' James Dean Bradfield told the BBC News website: "It was because of him I got to hear some of the most obscure but influential music I ever heard.
"He was a lifeline to hearing music I would never have heard otherwise."
Bernard Sumner of Joy Division and New Order said the news of Peel's death was a "dreadful shock".
"If it wasn't for John Peel, there would be no Joy Division and no New Order," he said.
"He was one of the few people to give bands that played alternative music a chance to get heard, and he continued to be a champion of cutting-edge music throughout his life."
Kurt Wagner, of US band Lambchop, said Peel was "amazing" and his influence was felt far outside his home country.
Tony Blair's spokesman said the Prime Minister was "genuinely saddened by the news".
He added: "His view is that he was a unique voice in British broadcasting and used that voice to unearth new talent and different subjects and make them accessible to a much wider audience."
Peel was born in Heswall, near Liverpool, and joined Radio 1 at the launch in 1967.
He became one of the first DJs to give exposure to punk, reggae and hip-hop, before they crossed over into the mainstream.
Radio 1 controller Andy Parfitt said Peel's death "absolutely devastated everyone".
"We're stunned and bereft. He's irreplaceable because what he had was 37 years of commitment to young music."
Mr Parfitt told Radio 1's Newsbeat Peel had been on a holiday of a lifetime when he died. "He had gone on holiday with his wife Sheila to a place where he had always wanted to go."
Radio 1 DJ Steve Lamacq said: "He was groundbreaking for me. He just broke the rules the whole time. He did things that just weren't done. He was a maverick and he got away with it.
"You have to have trust with a DJ, and everyone built that trust with John."
BBC 6 Music's Liz Kershaw said he was " the least musically snooty person we know".
She said: "He was utterly sincere in what he was doing, not because he wanted to be famous but he though he was on a mission to bring stuff to people's ears.
Full tribute story bbc.co.uk (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/tv_and_radio/3955547.stm)
[ 27. October 2004, 04:44: Message edited by: Neteru ]
a real shame...... :(
Home Truths on Radio 4 was a wonderful program.
Home Truths - Last Show (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/radio4_aod.shtml?hometruths#)
[ 27. October 2004, 22:03: Message edited by: Simulation ]
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