John Peel
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1939-08-30
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John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, OBE (30 August 1939 – 25 October 2004), known professionally as John Peel, was an English disc jockey, radio presenter, record producer and journalist. He was the longest serving of the original BBC Radio 1 DJs, ...

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Ivor Cutler, Faces, Robert Wyatt, Marc Bolan, Rod Stewart, David Bedford, Sonja Kristina, John Peel & Mike Ratledge
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Radio 1, John Peel Session, 8 Dec 1970)
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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Radio 1, John Peel Session, 8 Dec 1970) God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Radio 1, John Peel Session, 8 Dec 1970) God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Radio 1, John Peel Session, 8 Dec 1970) God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Radio 1, John Peel Session, 8 Dec 1970)
Ivor Cutler, Faces, Robert Wyatt, Marc Bolan, Rod Stewart, David Bedford, Mike Ratledge, Sonja Kristina & John Peel
O Come All Ye Faithful (Radio 1, John Peel Session, 8 Dec 1970)
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O Come All Ye Faithful (Radio 1, John Peel Session, 8 Dec 1970) O Come All Ye Faithful (Radio 1, John Peel Session, 8 Dec 1970) O Come All Ye Faithful (Radio 1, John Peel Session, 8 Dec 1970) O Come All Ye Faithful (Radio 1, John Peel Session, 8 Dec 1970)
 The Sixteen, Shakespeare, Gustav Holst, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, The BBC Symphony Chorus, John Peel & Nicola Benedetti
The Planets
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 The Sixteen, Shakespeare, Gustav Holst, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, The BBC Symphony Chorus, John Peel & Nicola Benedetti
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Biography

John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, OBE (30 August 1939 – 25 October 2004), known professionally as John Peel, was an English disc jockey, radio presenter, record producer and journalist. He was the longest serving of the original BBC Radio 1 DJs, broadcasting regularly from 1967 until his death in 2004. He was known for his eclectic taste in music and his honest and warm broadcasting style.

He was one of the first broadcasters to play psychedelic rock and progressive rock records on British radio, and he is widely acknowledged for promoting artists working in various genres, including pop, reggae, indie pop, indie rock, alternative rock, punk, hardcore punk, breakcore, grindcore, death metal, British hip hop, electronic music, jungle and dance music. Fellow DJ Paul Gambaccini described him as "the most important man in music for about a dozen years".

Peel's Radio 1 shows were notable for the regular "Peel sessions", which usually consisted of four songs recorded by an artist live in the BBC's studios, and which often provided the first major national coverage to bands that later would achieve great fame. Another popular feature of his shows was the annual Festive Fifty countdown of his listeners' favourite records of the year.

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