EXPIRED: 10/29/11 – Sir Jimmy Savile, 84, was the first disc jockey who ever used two turntables and a microphone. He did this at the Grand Records Ball at the Guardbridge Hotel in 1947. It was supposedly the first ball that had continuous music.
In the mid 50’s he ran the Palais, a dance hall in Ilford, Essex, where his Monday evening records-only dance sessions (admission one shilling) were a huge hit with local teens, By the 60s he was hosting the TV music program Young at Heart. And although the show was broadcast in black and white, Savile dyed his hair a different color every week.
In doing so he had his finger on the pulse of Britains youth culture an became the first, and final, host of the popuale BBC pop chart show, Top Of The Pops. Savile debuted Top of the Pops on New Year’s Day 1964, and although he was replaced, he returned in 2006 to host the final installment, ending the show with the words “It’s number one, it’s still Top of the Pops.”
He was also host of his own human interest show, Jim’ll Fix It.
Smart but eccentric, Savile was a member of Mensa, but was better known for his yodel, his track suit and gold chains, his cockney catchphrases (“How’s about that, then?”, “as it ‘appens”) and his incessant cigar smoking. He lived with his mother,”The Duchess” and had her clothes dry cleaned every year – even after she died.
He died in October 2011, two days short of his 85th birthday.