Hear Paul present America's Greatest Hits, Saturdays, 8-10pm
Paul Gambaccini was born in New York City and earned degrees in History (Dartmouth College, USA), and Philosophy, Politics and Economics (University College, Oxford).
Paul appeared on BBC Radio 1 for 18 years, presenting the US Chart Show for most of that time, and has been a regular on each of the first four British terrestrial television networks. He was the longest serving performer on breakfast television, with his 13-year film review stint, first on TV-am and then GMTV. His television appearances include 'Call My Bluff', 'Music For The Millennium', and 'The South Bank Show'.
In addition to broadcasting, Paul has been co-author of 'The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles' and related titles with Tim and Jo Rice. The team also wrote with Tony Brown 'The Complete Eurovision Song Contest Companion'. His own books include 'Love Letters', 'Radio Boy', 'Top 100 Albums' and 'Track Records'. Paul also co-authored 'Television's Greatest Hits' with Rod Taylor, with whom he co-wrote and associate produced the BBC 1 television series of the same name.
In 1995 Paul was named Philanthropist of the Year by the National Charity Fundraisers, for his work on behalf of the Terrence Higgins Trust. He received the Outstanding Contribution to Music Radio Award from the Radio Academy in 1996 and picked up the Sony Award for Music Broadcaster of the Year in 2003.
Paul was also inducted into the Radio Academy's Hall of Fame in December 2005. There are now 40 members in the Hall of Fame. Paul said he was very honoured to be included and paid tribute to former Radio 2 controllers Jim Moir and Lesley Douglas.