Sir Jimmy Young CBE

Born 21 September 1921




Jimmy Young rose to stardom as a singer in the 1950s, enjoying numerous Top 10 hits and becoming the first British act to achieve two consecutive number ones.

His singing career was heavily impacted by the arrival of Rock 'n' Roll and he moved into radio where he appeared on shows such as Housewives' Choice for the BBC Light Programme and on Radio Luxembourg as a DJ.

He was among the first group of broadcasters when BBC Radio 1 opened in 1967 and remained with the station until 1973 when he moved to BBC Radio 2. Over the next 29 years, he presented The JY Show, a music chat and current affairs programme in which he interviewed world statesmen members of royalty and every Prime Minister from Sir Alec Douglas-Home to Tony Blair.

Awards include an OBE in 1979, a CBE in 1993 and a knighthood in 2002 for services to broadcasting.

Commenting on his induction into the Hall of Fame, Sir Jimmy said "At my first audition, way back in 1949, I was told I had no future in broadcasting. So you can imagine that makes the honour of being inducted into the Radio Academy's Hall of Fame even sweeter."



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