With a record five-and-a-half-million listeners and 30 years as BBC Radio 2's top presenter, Sir Jimmy Young left the BBC at Christmas 2002. It was a controversial departure behind which lies a story he is only now prepared to reveal. In an extraordinary career which first brought him fame - and two consecutive hits - as a singer in the 1950s, Jimmy Young turned to radio when the hits began to dry up. His programme was soon to break the mould of other DJs with a mix of music, recipes and topical items. Always innovative, his was the first BBC show to broadcast from Moscow during the Cold War. Other broadcasts from around the world followed. Eventually the depth and breadth of his popularity would gain exclusives from many of the leading politicians of his day - from Margaret Thatcher to Tony Blair. When his departure from Radio 2 was threatened, MPs mounted a campaign to keep him. Despite his high profile, he has always remained a very private person, seldom giving interviews. This autobiography tells his story.
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Born in Gloucestershire, Jimmy Young spent 7 years in the RAF before turning to broadcasting in 1949. In the 1950s he was also a successful pop singer, and had many hit records including 3 No. 1s - 'Too Young', 'Unchained Melody' and 'The Man From Laramie'. Jimmy presented many BBC Radio programmes before joining Radio 1 in October 1967. The following year the Variety Club of Great Britain named him Radio Personality of the Year. In 1973 he joined Radio 2 to present his daily afternoon programme, affectionately known to its millions of listeners as 'the JY Prog'. In January 2002 Jimmy was knighted in the New Year Honours list. At the end of 2002 he announced his departure from Radio 2.
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Book Description Hodder & Stoughton, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX034073437X
Book Description Hodder & Stoughton, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 320 pages. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk034073437X