John Walters
b. 16 May, 1938, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England. Walters played trumpet with the Alan PriceSet from the group's formation in 1965 until it was disbanded in 1968 (having scored five UK Top 20 hits along the way). From there Walters joined the BBC, eventually becoming the producer of BBC disc jockey John Peel's TOP GEAR. Together, Peel and Walters created a programme that remains in the musical vanguard and which featured the radio debuts of Cream and King Crimson among many notable firsts and played a significant role in the choice of music played for the next, influential 20 years. Walters voluntarily retired from this role as producer in the early '90s. During the late '70s, he had contributed a column in the rock magazine, ZIGZAG which revealed his comic personality. During this period had also presented his own Radio One arts programme, WALTERS’ WEEKLY which introduced artists like Laurie Anderson, Native Hipsters and the Frank Chickens to British audiences. This show was later truncated and slotted in, as WALTER'S WEEK, to the mid-week evening radio shows of, successively, David Kid Jensen, Richard Skinner and Janice Long. As well as discoursing on fringe arts events, it gave Walters the chance to indulge in his highly comic diary monologues. This led to appearances on BBC regional television presenting arts programmes ( NORTHERN LIGHTS) and to Walters contributing to a wide range of radio talk programmes and periodicals.








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