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One Vision - A Tribute To John Peel (vol 1)

Artist Song
The velvet underground  sunday morning 
capt beefheart  sure nuff, n'yes I do 
country joe & the fish  not so sweet Martha Lorraine 
the mothers of invention  duke of prunes 
the electric prunes  wind-up toys 
marc bolan  hippy gumbo 
canned heat  rollin' and tumblin' 
attack  any more than i do 
roy harper  sophisticated beggar 
grateful dead  cold rain and snow 
incredible string band  the mad hatter's song 
the syn  14hr technicolor dream 
love  the castle 
shawn phillips  coal tattoo 
jeff beck group  rock my plimsoul 
traffic  coloured rain 
jon  is it love? 
donovan  guinevere 
tyrannosaurus rex  rings of fortune 
orange bicycle  hyacinth threads 
paul butterfield blues band  look over yonder's wall 
moby grape  changes 
the purple gang  granny takes a trip 
pink floyd  astronomy domine 
judy collins  liverpool lullaby 


NO ONE had more passion for music than John Peel, and no DJ was ever so much loved in return.

Over 40 years, the sleepy-voiced Scouser championed everyone from David Bowie and Marc Bolan to The Sex Pistols, The Smiths, The Fall and The Strokes.

Of the millions of songs he listened to, Peel's favourite was a new wave classic - Teenage Kicks by The Undertones. He once said he wanted a line from the song - 'Teenage dreams, so hard to beat' - on his tombstone.

But Peel never cared what was cool - he just played what he liked. And unlike the 'Jocks' who ruled Radio One, he didn't talk over the music.

Peel was born John Parker Ravenscroft near Liverpool in 1939.

He suffered through an unhappy childhood - his parents were often distant, and he was largely raised by a nanny.

But after a miserable spell at a minor public school, his life changed forever when he heard Elvis Presley singing Heartbreak Hotel.

He moved to Dallas, Texas, in the early 60s. Beatlemania was at its height, and his Liverpool roots helped him get a job as a DJ on a local radio station.

Peel came home to work on pirate station Radio London, broadcasting from a boat off the coast. But he found his true home in 1967, when he joined the brand new Radio One.

From the start,Peel went where his colleagues feared to tread.

Led Zeppelin star ROBERT PLANT recalled yesterday: 'He gave us airplay in the early days, when we were considered taboo by the BBC identikit disc jockey.'

'The main thing that struck us was that they were total hippies. They never lost their 60s ideals.'

Peel's neighbours loved him. Robin Fisher, 47, said: 'He was a great bloke and always had time for a chat.

'He used to run the local youth club when I was a teenager and took around 20 of us away on holidays. He was famous - but it didn't make any difference to us.'

Peel was awarded the OBE in 1998. He loved his annual stints hosting BBC TV's coverage of the Glastonbury festival and was a fan of new bands such as The Strokes and The White Stripes.

But he also branched out by presenting Radio 4's Home Truths, a whimsical show about the trials of family life that won a string of Sony radio awards.

Listeners loved his deadpan tales about 'The Pig' - his affectionate nickname for Sheila.

Peel's dry sense of humour came through again when he revealed that he hoped to drop dead at his post in his Radio One studio.

In an interview to mark his60th birthday, he joked: 'I would quite like to die on the air, but not in a kind of melodramatic way.

'I would prefer to go during a long track. Then a continuity announcer would come on trying to stay calm and saying, 'John seems to have been taken ill. We will take you over to Radio Two.' 'Then you would hear the sound of my heels being dragged down the steps and that will be that.'

More info on Vol 2


Date: 10/27/2004
please forgive the text. I copied it from my notepad doc. I had a lot more to say, but had to edit because it was more than 4,000 characters
Date: 10/27/2004
Excellent stuff, excellent notes. In the mid-to-late 80s, I used to listen to him on BFBS every Saturday night. He introduced me to music I'd probably never have heard anywhere else. So I was awfully glad when Berlin Radio Eins put his show back on the air a few years ago. Unfortunately, due to insufficient ratings, they cancelled it about a year ago. A truly, truly great loss.
p the swede
Date: 10/27/2004
Date: 10/27/2004
Thank you Gerry, this is a masterpiece! My kingdom for this two disc set.
Rob Conroy
Date: 10/27/2004
This is fantastic and so are your notes. It's an unbelievably serious loss.
Sean Lally
Date: 10/27/2004
Wow. Talk about something we Americans largely missed out on. Save me a copy of the set, please.
Date: 10/27/2004
Awesome mix. Wonderful notes.
Lancelot Link IV1
Date: 10/27/2004
A great tribute to a great man.
Date: 10/27/2004
well done - very fitting
Date: 10/27/2004
Great stuff, Gerry...ditto everyone else!
Date: 10/27/2004
Terrific tribute. A lot of my mp3's have his voice on it.
Date: 10/27/2004
john peel was better than what we heard on the west coast, but we did learn just the same. these djs are going to be missed!
French Connection
Date: 10/27/2004
A day later & I'm still in shock, find it hard to believe that his dulcet tones will not be heard again. Fab. tribute Gerry, a heartfelt well-done from moi a tu.
Date: 10/29/2004
Wonderful, wonderful stuff (going to comment on both here) for a great man. I really enjoyed reading your comments and am glad that you obviously took so much care over this - it's a very fitting tribute.
Date: 7/26/2006
A great series here Gerry. Very happy I managed to get copies of both mixes. A few were new to me, including The Paul Butterfield, Jon & Purple Gang tracks. And it's good to see Shawn Phillips has another vocation in life, alongside sitting on the bench at Chelsea.