John Peel

John Peel - A good friend to Reggae Music

Legendary radio DJ John Peel dies John Peel was one of the UK's most-loved broadcasters Veteran BBC broadcaster John Peel has died at the age of 65, while on holiday in Peru.
Peel, whose radio career spanned 40 years, was on a working holiday in the resort of Cuzco with his wife Sheila when he suffered a heart attack. He was BBC Radio 1's longest-serving DJ and in recent years had also presented Home Truths on Radio 4. Radio 1 controller Andy Parfitt said Peel's contribution to modern music and culture was "immeasurable". 'Hugely missed' He added: "John Peel was a broadcasting legend. I am deeply saddened by his death as are all who work at Radio 1. "John's influence has towered over the development of popular music for nearly four decades. "He will be hugely missed."
Mr Parfitt told Radio 1 Newsbeat Peel had been on a holiday of a lifetime when he died. He added: "He had gone on holiday with Sheila to a place where he had always wanted to go." Peel was born in Heswall, near Chester, and after completing his military service in Britain in 1962, went to the US where he began working for a radio station in Dallas. He joined Radio 1 at the beginning in 1967, and established himself with the late night programme Top Gear. He became one of the first DJs to give exposure to punk, reggae, hip-hop, before they crossed over into the mainstream.