Brown Bread: Simon Dee

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He was the first person to broadcast from pirate station Radio Caroline.

Simon Dee, DJ and TV talk show host (after a bizarre interview with actor George Lazenby, who had been smoking cannabis and who outlined at length his theories about the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, the show was dropped), forerunner of stars such as Chris Evans and Jonathan Ross, said to be the inspiration for Austin Powers, has died of bone cancer at the age of 74.

Anybody remember him as the camp tailor in The Italian Job?

Simon Dee’s story is a strange one, perhaps worthy of a stage play or film, in the manner of “Telstar”, the Joe Meek biography.

For a little while last year, I thought Jonathan Ross was going to emulate Simon Dee’s rise and fall, but a combination of Ross’s business acumen and the BBC’s craven weakness prevented that from happening.

R.I.P. Simon Dee (Cyril Nicholas Henty-Dodd) 1935-2009

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