Post by lastmanstanding on Oct 26, 2004 13:02:23 GMT -5
last night john peel died at the age of 65 in peru while on a working holiday [heart attack]. this man had a greater influnce on the music than lennon or the beatles the legacy he leaves behind and void will never be filled.his peel sessions alone which have given us groups like the redskins among countless others will never be seen again. his mark/influnce on the music scene is unbeliaviable.especially from such a modest man.
a living legend in his own life time RIP john peel have a on us and get them upstairs
Post by lastmanstanding on Oct 26, 2004 16:03:57 GMT -5
and probally one if not the greatest influnce on the british music scene of all time i knew of lads in bands[various] who sent demos AND always got replys and airtime. i wish his family, wife and four children my deepest condolences. for me anyway radio/1 will never be the same
At the end of each year John Peel asked people to send in their top 3 tracks. This list became known as John Peel's Festive 50. The Redskins made the list 3 years running - Peasant Army (No. 31 - 1982), Lean On Me (No. 30 - 1983) & Keep On Keepin' On (No.10 - 1984). If anyone would like to see the full lists from 1976-2003, they are listed at the following site - www.rocklist.net/festive50.htm
This is what Billy Bragg had to say about John Peel -
"I am greatly saddened to hear of the death of John Peel and my thoughts are with his wife Sheila and his family.
"John Peel was a champion of musicians and a true friend of his listeners.
"He was the first DJ to play my music and has remained a good mate over the years.
"Throughout his career, John Peel defined independent music. Although he became an institution at the BBC, he was, in effect, running his own pirate radio station from within the Corporation, introducing us to music that could not be heard on any other radio show.
"Those artists, like myself, who benefited from his eclectic enthusiasm have lost a champion, but the listeners have lost a true friend."
Billy Bragg's song, The Milkman Of Human Kindness, famously achieved airplay in 1983 after John Peel said on air that he'd "do anything for a mushroom biryani". Billy duly delivered one to Egton House, where Radio 1 was broadcast, and was rewarded with his first ever national airplay later that evening (though Peel insisted the song would have been played anyway).