Kenny in June 1967
Kenny with his 'Butler' Crisp
played by actor Brian Colvin).
holds the record whilst
his car (1968)
Frequently in the music news, these
magazine covers are from 1968 and 1969.
Lee (1969). The couple
Lee and Kenny Everett
Book' in 1976. Lee was
partner of Billy Fury. Their marriage
lasted 17 years.
carried away on the big day
DJs who just say.. 'that was Ricky Twinge and the midwives, the time
now is 10.15 on your groovy platter station, Radio 1, and now a
great big biggy from a really outasite band - 'You're Too
Much' by the Stoatcatchers"
Kenny Everett was a
disc jockey and television comedian. Born in Liverpool in 1944, his real
name is Maurice Cole. (He chose his stage name after Edward Everett Horton,
the film star, who was his childhood hero). His entertainment career began
when he bought 2 tape recorders as a teenager, recording himself in
the style of BBC presenter and comedian Jack Jackson and sending tapes to
his friends around the country.
He sent some to the BBC, who played it on
the Home Service channel. They further requested that he become a presenter
on the Light Programme, introducing 'sweet' music such as the Northern Dance Orchestra,
but Kenny declined. Instead, he approached Radio London in 1964 who took him
'on board'. His madcap broadcasts for pirate Radio London won him a large
following, however he was fired because he voiced his opinion on-air
about a Radio London religious programme, but was taken back 6 months later.
In early 1967, Kenny quit the pirates and approached the
BBC again, who provided him a programme on May 20th presenting a preview of
a new Beatles album. He joined Radio One in October 1967, presenting
Ken was a disc jockey who was an entertainer, with
humorous jingles, and jokes sometimes at the expense of figures of
authority. Among Everett's favourite creations was the Captain Kremmen series - a
cross between Dan Dare and the Goons.
He was very much involved in the launch of Radio One, making numerous jingles
and promotions for the new station. He was also responsible for the
Corporation s nickname: 'the Beeb'.
One of the highlights of the early Radio One schedule was
Kenny Everett's weekend morning show (started January, 1968) which featured
a number of comic characters, including his butler, Crisp, and Gran (voiced
by Kenny himself). It took Kenny up to 2 or 3 days preparation
time for each show. He began his TV career in June 1968, with a Granada (UK) TV
production, Nice Time.
He was famously fired from Radio 1 in July 1970 for suggesting that the
wife of the then Minister of Transport Mary Peyton had passed her advanced driving test
by bribing the examiner.
He then went on to work for local BBC radio stations
Bristol, Solent, Medway, Merseyside, Brighton and Nottingham.
He did, however briefly return to Radio 1 in 1973 with a
series of shows
recorded weekly at his cottage in North Wales.
He went on to broadcast on Capital Radio in October of
that year and was not heard again on BBC Radio until the early 1980's (Radio
His later British ITV career included 'The Kenny Everett Video Show'
(1978-1981) saw Kenny playing such characters as 'Sid Snot' and 'Cupid
Stunt'! He went on to star in a similar series for BBC, broadcast 1981-1988.
His Radio career continued on London's Capital Gold until 1993.
Sadly Kenny passed away in 1995 aged 50,
a victim of Aids.
In December 2005 the BBC announced plans to re-broadcast
highlights from Kenny's Capital Radio days over a four week period in
early 2006 on their digital radio station BBC7.
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NEW 20.05.67 Beatles LP review 1h 19m
Kenny's Trailer for
Radio 1 (1967)
Kenny gives good VFM
Kenny's Radio 1 show
( mp3 34Kbps)
Kenny makes a special jingle for the
new Radio 4! (Mp3)
Last Show in a Series (1968)
What's On trail (1970) Low Quality
Kenny on Radio 1
talking to Dave Cash 1969
Dave Cash with 'Lobelia' May 1970 (mp3 32kbps)
after Status Quo's 'down the drainpipe' 1970 (mp3 32kbps)
'Give it a Spin' jingle 1970 (mp332kbps)
'Aunty BBC is the Groove' jingle 1970 (mp316Kbps)
End of Show with Gracie Fields 'Sing as we go' (mp316Kbps)
NEW 09.03.73 weekend
audio japes 47m
'Someone' writes to Scene and Heard! (c.1973)
Show in 1982 including a Captain Kremmen Episode!
Kenny with a fan