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John Peel
Name John Robert Parker Ravenscrof
Born 30 August 1939
Death 25 October 2004
Heart failure
Hometown Heswall, England
Years Active 1967-2004
Associated Acts The Smiths
Official Website


John Peel was an English disc jockey and radio/TV presenter. He is most remembered for his broadcasts on the BBC's Radio One station, on which he presented mostly late night programmes for over 30 years.
"Peel Sessions" were special studio recordings by selected artists for his show. More than 4,000 took place over his career.
He was highly respected amongst artists and fans, due to his passion for music and his down to earth personality.

John Peel Sessions - The Smiths

Recorded 18 May 1983, Maida Vale Studios, London. Broadcast 31 May 1983

What Difference Does It Make?
Miserable Lie
Reel Around the Fountain
Handsome Devil

Recorded 14 September 1983, Maida Vale Studios, London. Broadcast 21 September 1983

This Charming Man
Back to the Old House
This Night Has Opened My Eyes
Still Ill

Recorded 1 August 1984, Maida Vale Studios, London. Broadcast 9 August 1984

Nowhere Fast
How Soon Is Now
William Is Was Really Nothing
Rusholme Ruffians

Recorded 2 December 1986, Maida Vale Studios, London. Broadcast 17 December 1986

Is It Really So Strange
Half A Person
Sweet And Tender Hooligan