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Dead Person of the Day April 4 – Kenny Everett

No Comments 04 April 2012

Folks,

We’ve got a man that was way ahead of his time with today’s DPD.

Kenny Everett.

Pirate radio pioneer and comedy impresario. In a time where media personalities were particularly conservative Everett spoke his mind, brought a perverse (and hilarious) sense of humor to the mainstream, and blazed a trail for the likes of Howard Stern. Everett told off color jokes about Margaret Thatcher, badmouthed conservative evangelical sponsors and shed light on government corruption. He was often fired – or sacked as the Brits would say- for his irreverence but was a favorite of colleagues and celebrities alike.

In my opinion Everett’s comedy was funnier (and much more accessible) than Monty Python and has a much more lasting legacy. There, I said it.

Now, move over a little so I can let my obit on this couch.

Obituary: Kenny Everett

Anthony Hayward

The Independent

Wednesday 05 April 1995

Maurice James Christopher Cole (Kenny Everett), broadcaster: born Seaforth, Liverpool 25 December 1944; married 1969 Lee Middleton (marriage dissolved 1984); died London 4 April 1995.

In the heady days of 1967, when the Beatles released their magical, hallucinatory Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and the singles charts were topped by records such as Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” and The Monkees’ “Daydream Believer”, which fired the imagination of a youth who believed anything was possible, Radio 1, the first land-based pop station, was born. Set up to satisfy the needs and tastes of the burgeoning youth audience, Radio 1 recruited many of its disc jockeys from the off-shore pirate ships Radio Caroline and Radio London, stations that had been blasting the airwaves with the pop music that young people wanted, rather than the bland diet served up by the BBC’s Light Programme. One of those who went legal but always held on to his independent roots was Kenny Everett. Continue


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