Barry Alldis

5 December 1930 - 21 November 1982



Australian-born Barry Alldis was an experienced announcer and DJ when he moved to London in 1955.
His ambitions to broadcast to the UK were slow to materialise and it was not until December 1956 that he joined the British department of Radio Luxembourg.

As compere of The Top Twenty Show, Barry became one of the best known music presenters in Europe.

He is credited with introducing the 'Power Play' to Britain in 1957 when, together with Keith Fordyce and Don Moss, he would choose a new release to be featured on the station throughout the week. This resulted in the creation of a number of chart entries including the first European hit (Diana) for American artist Paul Anka, before the record was released in the US.

In 1966, Barry returned to England as a freelance compere, DJ and announcer for the BBC Light Programme (later for BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2) presenting shows such as Housewive's Choice, Swingalong, Late Night Extra and Album Time.

He returned to Radio Luxembourg in 1975 and remained with the station until his death.

A talented pianist and trumpet player, Barry composed over 100 tunes.

Barry's daughter Janet Alldis quoted her father as saying, "Radio is my life, and when I go, I want to go with my boots on."


Catchphrases:
  • "Your DJ BA"
  • "Whether at home or on the highway, thanks for tuning my way."

Audio

Top Twenty Show close – Radio Luxembourg 1966

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Barry Alldis – Radio Luxembourg station ID

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