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Paul Gambaccini

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Paul Matthew Gambaccini (born April 2, 1949, New York) is a radio and television presenter in the United Kingdom.

He studied at Dartmouth College, where he also worked in radio, and at University College, Oxford. He became publicly known in Britain as a disk jockey presenting American music on BBC Radio 1 starting in 1973. He has worked widely in British radio and television, generating content mainly related to music, films, and the arts. He co-authored The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles.

In 1982 he helped to launch the career of the pop group Kajagoogoo. In 1995, he was named Philanthropist of the Year by the National Charity Fundraisers, for his work on behalf of the Terrence Higgins Trust. He received the Outstanding Contribution to Music Radio award from the Radio Academy in 1996. He has presented the Ivor Novello Awards for 11 years

Gambaccini now presents a weekly show on BBC Radio 2 and contributes to various publications.

Books

  • Television's Greatest Hits, with Rod Taylor, 1993, Network Books, ISBN 0563362472
  • Love Letters, 1996, Michael O'Mara Books, ISBN 1085479-6445
  • The McCartney Interviews: After the Break-up, 1996, Omnibus Press, ISBN 0711954941
  • Close Encounters, 1998, Omnibus Press, ISBN 0711968411
  • The Eurovision Companion (revised edition), 1999, Pavilion Books, ISBN 1862052433
  • Complete Book of the British Charts, with Tony Brown (editor), and Tim Rice, 2000, Omnibus Press, ISBN 0711976708

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