Thom Yorke leads the tributes to the late DJ...

Tributes continue to flood in for JOHN PEEL who died today.

As previously reported, it was announced this afternoon (October 26) that the Radio 1 veteran died of heart attack aged 65. He was on holiday in Peru when he was taken ill.

[url=]Radiohead’s Thom Yorke said that he’d been an “inspiration”.


He said: “Who am I going to listen to now? He’s been my inspiration since I was 14. I’m thinking about you. Thanks John Peel.”

Supergrass were also a band championed by Peel in the early days. Singer Gaz Coombes said: “I was fortunate enough to meet him & play a session at his home. I remember we had a great conversation about Elvis that day & when I saw his record collection, it blew me away. He was the first to play our debut single ‘Caught By The Fuzz’ on the radio which I know brought us to people’s attention. He was a big influence to so many. We’ll miss him.”

A spokesperson for Prime Minister Tony Blair added: “John Peel was a genuine one-off, whether on Radio 1 or Radio 4. He was a unique voice in British broadcasting and used that voice to unearth new talent and different subjects and make them accessible to a much wider audience. The prime minister knows he will be missed by everyone.”

Other musicians to speak out in honour of Peel include Manchester legends The Smiths and New Order.

Ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr told BBC News that their success was down to the DJ, adding “we would try out new songs on the sessions and these often were the definitive version. John Peel was always the best around.”

Bernard Sumner from New Order simply said that without his influence, the bands he helped form wouldn’t exist.


He said: “This is dreadful, shocking news. If it wasn’t for John there would be no Joy Division, and no New Order. He was one of the few people to give bands that played alternative music a chance to get heard. And he continued to be a champion of cutting edge music throughout his life. He will be genuinely missed by millions of music fans all over the world, both in and outside the music industry. Our thoughts are with his family.”

Peel was born in Heswall near Chester and started his radio career in Dallas, Texas.

Throughout the 1960s he worked at a number of radio stations across the US, before returning to Radio London in 1967.

Over a career spanning 40 years Peel consistently championed new music, and in 1994 was given the NME Godlike Genius award for his services to music.

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