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Thu 27 Oct 2011 11:30 BBC Radio 4

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Thursday 27 October 2011

Exploring the legacy of musician and broadcaster Jack Jackson through the lives of three generations of his family.

Kenny Everett said of him 'He was the first person to have fun on radio', and although he inspired many broadcasters and musicians it is the incredible impact Jackson still has on his family over thirty years since his death which proves the most fascinating.

This programme uncovers another Jackson dynasty overflowing with musicians, record producers and artists all striving to preserve his memory and make their own impression on the world. His two son's established a recording studio, used by artists such as Elton John, Tom Robinson and Motorhead. His daughter is a successful artist and designer and several of his grandchildren are forging effective careers in the music business - one of which co-founded production group 'Bimbo Jones' which has taken numerous number ones to the top of the dance charts. His great grand children are all encouraged to be musical.

Jackson's career in entertainment spanned fifty years and he is recognised today in the Sony Radio Hall of Fame.

Jackson formed his band in the thirties and was a regular at London's Dorchester Hotel. He became a disc jockey in 1948 on the BBC Light Programme. His innovative programmes featured a mix of linking his voice with comedy clips and popular music. According to his grandson Marc he was the first broadcaster in Britain to introduce the technique of sampling and to present a "clip show" programme.

He is also cited as the man who gave the BBC the nickname 'Auntie' and the first voice heard on ITV.

Jack Jackson died in 1978, but over thirty years later his spirit is very much alive in the daily life of generations of Jacksons.

His memory has touched every branch of the Jackson family tree and as this programme reveals they all respond to his influence in a variety of interesting and different ways.

The programme is produced by Stephen Garner.

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