Alan "Fluff" Freeman the veteran disc jockey and popular radio personality has died aged 79. Best known for presenting the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show and Pick of the Pops, his characteristic style and quirky catchphrases made him one of the UK’s top DJs. Fellow broadcaster, the late John Peel once said he was ‘the greatest out-and-out disc jockey of them all’.
I remember many Saturday afternoons spent listening to Fluff’s BBC Radio show from 2pm-6pm during the 70’s. It was an eagerly anticipated source of rock album tracks that was voted top radio show in the NME Pop Polls for 1974, 75 and 76. The choice of music was progressive and adventurous, showcasing new releases by artists such as Pink Floyd, Genesis, Camel and Caravan. The show opened with ELP’s "Welcome Back My Friends…" and his colourful, lively approach was instantly recognizable, delivering a fast paced mix of wisecracks and classical music jingles.
Towards the end of his career he brought his enthusiastic style to classical music broadcasting at Radio 2. In 1996 he received the Music Industry Trusts’ Award for his outstanding contribution to the British music industry and was awarded the C.B.E. (Commander of the British Empire) in 1998.
He died peacefully at home in Twickenham yesterday, after a long illness. He’ll be sadly missed.
Audio Clips of Alan and his Jingles