Jimmy Saville:

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Born On The: 31st October 1926.
Died On The: 29th October 2011.
Birthplace: Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Occupation(s): Television presenter, disc jockey, actor and media personality.

Zodiac: Born under the Star Sign ScorpioScorpioWhat Star Sign are You?

Achievement(s): Jim'll Fix It and Top of the Pops.
He was appointed an OBE - Officer of the Order of the British Empire - in the 1971 Honours list.
He was appointed the KCSG - A Knight Commander of Saint Gregory the Great - in 1990.

Biography:

Sir James Wilson Vincent Savile was best known for his BBC television show Jim'll Fix It and for being the first and last presenter of the long-running BBC music chart show Top of the Pops; he was also known for his fundraising and support of various charities, in particularly the Stoke Mandeville Hospital; he was widely described as a philanthropist and was honoured for his efforts.

During World War II he was conscripted to work as a Bevin Boy coal miner at South Kirkby Colliery in Pontefract, where he suffered serious spinal injuries in a mine explosion and spent a long period in recuperation.

He started to play records in dance halls in the early 1940s and claimed to be the first ever disc jockey; according to his autobiography, he was the first ever person to use two turntables and a microphone, which he used at the Grand Records Ball at the Guardbridge Hotel in 1947; whether or not that is true, he is acknowledged as one of the pioneers of twin turntables for continuous play of music.

Apart from his other achievements he also became a semi-professional sportsman, competing in the 1951 Tour of Britain cycle race and working as a professional wrestler; he also worked as manager at the Plaza Ballroom in Oxford Road, Manchester, he managed the Mecca Locarno ballroom in Leeds and he owned and managed the Palais, a dance hall in Ilford, Essex.

Savile started his radio career working as a Radio Luxembourg DJ from 1958 to 1967; amongst his programmes was the Teen and Twenty Disc Club; in 1968 he joined BBC Radio 1, where he initially presented Savile's Travels and the discussion show Speakeasy; his best-remembered contribution to Radio 1, however, is the Sunday lunchtime show Jimmy Savile's Old Record Club, where entire top tens from years gone by were played; this was the first show to feature old charts; it began in 1973 as The Double Top Ten Show and ended in 1987 as The Triple Top Ten Show, at which point he left Radio 1 after 19 years, although he could be heard presenting The Vintage Chart Show on BBC World Service between March 1987 and October 1989, playing top tens from the years 1957 to 1987.

From March 1989 to August 1997 he was heard on various stations around the UK where he revived his Radio 1 shows; on 25 December 2005, and 1 January 2007, he presented shows on the Real Radio network; the Christmas 2005 show counted down the festive Top 10s of 10, 20 and 30 years previously, while in the New Year 2007 show he recounting anecdotes from his past and playing associated records, mostly from the 1960s.

In 1960 he presented Tyne Tees Television's music programme Young at Heart and although the show was broadcast in black and white, Savile dyed his hair a different colour every week; on New Year's Day, 1964, he presented the first edition of the BBC music chart television programme Top of the Pops from a television studio in Dickenson Road Rusholme, Manchester and on 30 July 2006 he co-hosted the final edition, ending the show with the words "It's number one, it's still Top of the Pops", before being shown turning off the studio lights after the closing credits.

During the early 1960s he co-hosted, with Pete Murray, the New Musical Express Poll Winners' Concert, annually held at Empire Pool, Wembley, with acts such as The Beatles, Cliff Richard and The Shadows, Joe Brown and the Bruvvers, The Who, and many others; were filmed and recorded and later broadcast on television; on 31 December 1969, Savile hosted the BBC/ZDF co-production Pop Go The Sixties, shown across Western Europe, celebrating the hits of the 1960s.

Saville is also remembered for a series of Public Information Films promoting road safety, notably "Clunk Click Every Trip" which was promoting the use of the car seatbelts, the clunk representing the sound of the door and the click the sound of the seatbelt fastening; he also fronted a long-running series of advertisements in the early 1980s for British Rail's InterCity 125, in which he declared "This is the age of the train".

He presented Jim'll Fix from 1975 to 1994 and Jim'll Fix It Strikes Again in 2007, where he showed some of the most popular 'fixits' ever, recreating them with the same people, as well as making new dreams come true; his catchphrases "how's about that, then?", "now then, now then, now then", "goodness gracious", "as it 'appens" and "guys and gals" soon became famous.

Savile was chieftain of the Lochaber Highland Games for many years and owned a house in Glen Coe; his appearance on the final edition of Top of the Pops in 2006 was pre-recorded as it clashed with the games.

Savile carried out a considerable amount of charity work and is estimated to have raised some £40 million for charity'; one of the causes for which he raised money was the Stoke Mandeville Hospital where he worked for many years as a volunteer porter; he raised money for the Spinal Unit, NSIC and for St Francis Ward; he also worked as a volunteer at Leeds General Infirmary and at Broadmoor Hospital; from 1974 - 1988 he was the honorary president of Phab, the Physically Handicapped in the Able Bodied community.

He also sponsored medical students at the University of Leeds to perform undergraduate research in the Leeds University Research Enterprise scholarship scheme, known as LURE, donating over £60,000 every year; in 2010 the scheme was extended with a commitment of £500,000 over the following five years; following his death in October 2011 it was confirmed that a bequest had been made to allow continued support for the LURE programme; he was well known for running marathons, many of them again for Phab, including their annual half marathon around Hyde Park; he completed the London Marathon in 2005, at the age of 79.

His first honours were in 1971 when he was awarded the OBE, which he always subsequently appended to his signature; he was also awarded the honorary Commando Green Beret by the Royal Marines in the 1970s for being one of only three civilians to date to complete the Royal Marine Commando speed march, 30 miles across Dartmoor carrying 30 lb of kit; the other civilians were former Blue Peter presenter Gethin Jones and film maker Chris Terrill.

In 1990 he was knighted for his services in the Queen's Birthday Honours List and in the same year he was honoured with a Papal knighthood making him a Knight Commander of Saint Gregory the Great (KCSG); he also held an honorary doctorate of law (LLD) from the University of Leeds; he was an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists (FRCR); he was a Knight of Malta and a Freeman of the Borough of Scarborough

Police and paramedics were called to Savile's home at Roundhay, Leeds, at 12:10 pm on 29 October 2011, where they found his body; he was two days short of his 85th birthday; he had recently been treated in hospital for pneumonia and police said that they were not treating his death as suspicious; his closed satin gold coffin was displayed at the Queens Hotel in Leeds, together with the last cigar he smoked and his two This Is Your Life books.

About 4,000 people visited to pay tribute; his funeral took place at Leeds Cathedral on 9 November 2011 and he was buried on 10 November at 12:30 pm at Woodlands Cemetery in the seaside town of Scarborough; as his will had specified, his coffin was inclined at 45 degrees to fulfil his wish to "see the sea"; his coffin was later encased in concrete "as a security measure".



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