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Charlie Gillett 1942-2010 | reviews, news & interviews

Charlie Gillett 1942-2010

Charlie Gillett 1942-2010

Worldwide tributes pour in to the much-loved world music pioneer

Charlie Gilett: Influential and much lovedSteve Double
The music world is reeling from the death of Charlie Gillett. He was not just an influential DJ who was instrumental in widening the listening habits of millions of listeners on his World Service and other radio shows, a journalist, writer and a key figure in promoting global music. He was also a beacon of decency and rare integrity in the music world who affected so many people. Heartfelt tributes have been pouring into his site with postings from complete strangers the other side of the world, to members of his family and even his post-man.
The music world is reeling from the death of Charlie Gillett. He was not just an influential DJ who was instrumental in widening the listening habits of millions of listeners on his World Service and other radio shows, a journalist, writer and a key figure in promoting global music. He was also a beacon of decency and rare integrity in the music world who affected so many people. Heartfelt tributes have been pouring into his site with postings from complete strangers the other side of the world, to members of his family and even his post-man.

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I've had reason to contact Charlie a number of times for quotes in articles I've written over the last few years, and every time, often despite his illness, he was helpful beyond the call of duty - and seemed genuinely interested in my take on what I was writing about to boot. Truly one of the good guys.

Charlie has left a gaping hole which will be impossible to fill. A truly great DJ with a real passion for the music he played. Listening to Charlie's radio shows was like getting a mix tape from a dear friend.

I'll never forget Charlie playing BIM one of my favourite bands at the time of his radio show 'undercurrents' on capital radio it was a good while before other radio stations played them. very wise and warm I won't forget him very easily neither will the worldI'll never forget Charlie playing BIM one of my favourite bands at the time of his radio show 'undercurrents' on capital radio it was a good while before other radio stations played them. very wise and warm I won't forget him very easily neither will the world rest in peace Charlie T , London rest in peace Charlie T , London

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