b. 6 July 1927, Melbourne, Australia, d. 27 November 2006, Twickenham, London, England. One of the most familiar personalities of UK radio, the Australian disc jockey Alan ‘Fluff’ Freeman arrived on British shores in 1957 for a holiday. Previously he had been employed as an announcer on Melbourne’s 3KZ station. His earlier ambitions had been to follow his operatic idols into singing, but when he discovered his baritone was not of sufficient quality to make that a realistic career choice, he opted for a job with which he could combine radio and music. Indeed, his early 50s radio shows in Australia combined the roles of presenter, reader of commercials and impassioned crooner of various ad hoc selections. Unimpressed at first by existing British radio, he opted instead for a position at Radio Luxembourg, where he was posted as a summer relief disc jockey. By 1961 he had transferred to the BBC Light Programme with his Records Around Five show, introducing his signature tune, ‘At The Sign Of The Swinging Cymbal’. During September of the same year he introduced Pick Of The Pops, initially as part of a Saturday evening show entitled Trad Tavern, before the slot became a permanent show the following year. Freeman presented this well-loved programme until 1972.
From Encyclopedia of Popular Music in Oxford Reference.