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Born in Horsley, Derbyshire, in 1906, Jack Jackson was affectionately known as the 'daddy of all disc jockeys' during his brief spell (9 months) on Radio 1.


He was formerly a dance band leader, playing regularly at London's Dorchester Hotel with his band which was formed in 1933. he was a very famous trumpeter in the UK during the 1940's.


Jack became a disc jockey in 1948 on the BBC Light Programme; Record Round Up, and later spells on Housewives' Choice.


Record Roundabout (formerly broadcast on BBC Light ) was broadcast on both Radio 1 & 2 from the launch in 1967 until June 1968. His shows included recorded comedy clips and music of the day.

Jack moved to Tenerife in 1960, where he had installed a radio studio in his house, to record his BBC radio shows but he moved back to the UK in 1973 as the climate contributed to health problems.

He broadcast on Radio 2  from 1971 to 1977, but sadly passed away in 1978.

Jackson's lightning cutting between comedy extracts and music in 'Record Roundabout' has been described as an inspiration to succeeding generations of disc jockeys who have used advanced production techniques to 'mix' music, speech and sound.  



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Comments (4)

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Pete Lindup (Blackpool) says...
My parents were avid Jack Jackson fans from his radio beginnings in the 1940s. His TV series from mid-late 1950s were not to be missed. As a school boy I was fascinated by his radio style and would record the 'in-between' bits from his radio series, Record Roundabout, from 1959 onwards, many of which I still have!Even now, just hearing his theme 'Carnival'by Harry James brings a wry smile.
17th December 2017 10:03pm
gogo (minehead) says...
would hardly ever miss a Jack Jackson Saturday night Record Roundup programme in 1951/52. First plays for -Guy Mitchell, Johnny Ray, Frankie Laine etc. Never forgotten.
31st July 2017 4:30pm
George Sullivan (Cubbington) says...
Time to have a full recording of "Record Round Up" - please.
16th July 2017 9:34am
Kit Westlake (Bridgwater) says...
Jack inspired many DJs and was the first to include comedy clips in between records and in making sketches out of them.
Adrian Juste must be remembered for continuing this exciting style of broadcasting.
4th March 2017 2:20pm
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