Kenny Everett

(1944—1995) broadcaster and comedian

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b. Maurice James Christopher Cole, 25 December 1944, Liverpool, England, d. 4 April 1995, London, England. Everett was a maverick disc jockey and comedian whose headlong broadcasting style broke established rules and outraged establishment figures. His sense of humour was a reaction to the stress of being an introverted and delicate child in Liverpool’s dockside area. His first tapes earned him brief exposure on BBC Radio’s Home Service, but his personal audition with Derek Chinnery (later controller of Radio 1) was a disaster. He sent the tapes to pirate station Radio London, and was immediately taken on as a disc jockey. Since pirate radio was ‘of unproven legality’ in the UK, all the disc jockeys adopted pseudonyms, thus did Maurice Cole become Kenny Everett. It was at Radio London that the Kenny And Cash broadcasting partnership with Dave Cash was born, later reprised on London’s Capital Radio. He was sacked from Radio London for insulting behaviour on air. He then worked for a short time on BBC Light Programme’s Where It’s At. When the Marine Offences Act finished off the pirates, the BBC filled the void with the creation of Radio 1 in September 1967. A number of ex-pirate disc jockeys were taken on, including Everett. He hosted various shows and gained a loyal following for his anarchic style before being dismissed in 1970 for a remark about the wife of the Minister of Transport. Two years later he was taken back into the BBC fold, with the proviso that the show be pre-recorded (at his home studio in Wales) so that it could be vetted before broadcast.


From Encyclopedia of Popular Music in Oxford Reference.

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