Jack Jackson: Rhythm And Radio Fun Remembered

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

Kenny Everett said “He was the first person to have fun on radio”, but even though he inspired many broadcasters and musicians, it’s the incredible impact Jackson still has on his family nearly 40 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 sons established a recording studio, used by the likes of 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' whose releases have topped the dance charts.

Originally a 1930s trumpeter and dance bandleader, Jack Jackson's career in entertainment spanned 50 years, after he became a pioneering disc jockey in 1948 on the BBC Light Programme. His programmes mixed his voice with comedy clips and pop music. He’s also often cited as the man who gave the BBC the nickname 'Auntie' and was the first voice heard on ITV.

Jack Jackson died in 1978, but over 30 years later his spirit is very much alive in the daily life of generations of Jacksons. This programme reveals how they all respond to his influence in a variety of interesting and different ways.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011

Publicity contact: RH

DateTuesday, 21 February 2017
Time6:30 AM -
7:00 AM