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Jimmy Savile: DJ Originator Or More Smoke And Mirrors?

Greg Wilson, Rock's Backpages, November 2012

JUST OVER 12 MONTHS AGO, on October 29th 2011, the TV and radio personality Sir Jimmy Savile died two days before his 85th birthday (he was born on Halloween 1926). He was regarded as one of the great British eccentrics, but there were always rumours about deviant behaviour, although nothing proven. Apart from his contribution to broadcasting, Savile was also said to be the first DJ, not only in Britain, but the world, to use twin-turntables, back in the 1940's, making him an unlikely icon to DJ's of the modern era.

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