John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, OBE (30 August 1939 – 25 October 2004), most would know him by his professional pseudonym of John Peel, was an DJ, radio presenter, record producer and journalist from out of the UK.
He was the longest serving of the original BBC Radio 1 DJs, with regular shows from '67 until he passed away in 2004.
He earned a great reputation for his eclectic taste in music and his honest and warm broadcasting persona. John Peel will definitely be remembered for his work, there's even The John Peel Centre for Creative Arts in Stowmarket.
There were many things he did before most, he was one of the first broadcasters to play Psychedelic Rock and Progressive Rock on UK radio, and he is widely cited for promoting artists working in various genres, including everything from Pop, to Reggae, Indie from before it was a recognised genre, Alternative Rock, Punk, Hardcore, Grindcore, Death Metal when no one else would, Hip Hop, Electronic Dance Music, and a lot else.
Fellow DJ Paul Gambaccini described him as "the most important man in music for about a dozen years".
Peel's Radio 1 shows were notable for the regular "Peel sessions", which usually consisted of four songs recorded by an artist live in the BBC's studios, and which often provided the first major national coverage to a number of bands that would later achieve great success. Another popular feature of his shows was the annual Festive Fifty countdown of his listeners' favourite records of the year.
John Peel appeared on UK television, usually as one of the presenters of Top of the Pops during the '80s, he also provided voice-over commentary for a number of BBC programmes, and presented other shows.
He also became popular with the audience of BBC Radio 4 for his "Home Truths" programme, which ran from the '90s, featuring unusual stories from listeners' day to day lives.