The long-serving DJ, who spent almost three decades at BBC Radio 2, died “peacefully at home” today with his wife Alicia by his side, a family spokesman said.

Sir Jimmy was one of the original Radio 1 DJs when the station launched in 1967.

Young, who had a successful music career before becoming established as a broadcaster, interviewed each prime minister of the day during his time at BBC Radio 2, as well as many other leading world figures.

Before becoming a presenter on the airwaves, Sir Jimmy had a number of hit singles during the 1950s, including a cover of the Nat King Cole song, Too Young.


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