Legendary figure passes away

Tributes are flooding in for Jimmy Saville after the broadcaster passed away at the age of 84.

An instantly recognisable figure, Jimmy Savile has an undeniable impact on British music. Famously fronting Top Of The Pops throughout the 70s, his career as a radio personality helped enshrine the cult of the disc jockey.

However in some respects the full impact of Savile's career remains hidden. A teenage entrepreneur, Jimmy Savile was the first person in the UK to hook together two turntables and entertain a crowd purely through playing records.

Helping to end the reign of the dance band, Jimmy Savile's events were years ahead of their time. DJ History have a fascinating interview with the broadcaster which explores his roots - you can read it HERE.

Passing away at the age of 84, Jimmy Savile's death was mourned by figures across the entertainment industry. A tireless charity campaigner, the broadcaster raised more than £40 million for good causes.

Fellow Radio 1 DJ Tony Blackburn remembered the broadcaster fondly. "He was just a complete one-off. I think he was a bit of a lonely character as well. In the privacy of his own life I don't think he had very many friends."

"I've never known anyone quite like him. He was a blunt speaking northerner, but also kind and very respectful."

Dave Lee Travis also revealed some fond memories to Sky News. "We are all going to be worse off without him around" he said simply.

In an unusual step, Prince Charles has issued a statement mourning the Radio 1 legend. "The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are saddened to hear of Jimmy Savile's death and their thoughts are with his family at this time."

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