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Charlie Gillett: Your memories of the BBC DJ

Charlie Gillett
Gillett turned down an offer to present BBC Two's The Old Grey Whistle Test

The BBC Radio presenter and record producer Charlie Gillett has died at the age of 68.

He regularly presented World on 3 on BBC Radio 3, as well as a weekly programme on the World Service, before leaving in January due to ill health.

BBC News website readers from across the world have been sending in their tributes:


Our deepest condolences to Buffy and Charlie's family. He was such a special person, someone who opened doors, not closed them, someone who inspired musicians and fans of music from all corners of this planet, a man who left this world profoundly richer than when he entered it.
Jason and Ruth, London, UK

Sad to read that Charlie Gillett has died. Loved listening to his World Service programme in the early hours introducing me to music I normally wouldn't hear - superb, magical, extraordinary, spine-tingling. His deep appreciation of the artists always came across in his voice. A loss.
Breda, UK

I used to listen to Charlie's cocktail of music from around the world. Thanks for the wonderful times on air and may you rest in eternal peace Charlie.
Tobias Oker, Delft, The Netherlands

At the very least, thank you for discovering Dire Straits without whom music would be far poorer. RIP.
Raj Lal, Rainham, Kent, UK

What a tragedy. I just heard the news on the BBC. It's in the middle of the night but I had to get up. I've been listening to the show here in Sweden. Since I have a hard time sleeping, I turn on the radio and sometimes I'm lucky; I get to listen to all that wonderful, wonderful music. I keep a list in a notebook next to my bed, scribbling down some of the artists' names that I want to know more about. I'll hold on to that list now as a kind of tribute, thinking that Charlie's inspired so many lists of must-have music. To me he came across as a very sweet, interesting, interested, giving person.
Lisa Svensson, Danderyd, Sweden

I was an avid listener of his weekend programme and often listened to his programme after midnight while I was getting ready to sleep. His careful selection of world music was without bias or favour. From China to Russia to St Lucia, he selected music that captivated the imagination of the world. RIP Charlie.
Junior, Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Charlie was a lovely bloke with an encyclopaedic knowledge of world music - a pioneer of the genre and an essential part of its current success. Rest in peace Charlie.
Seth Jordan, Sydney, Australia

Sad to hear the news. I was a very casual listener of his World Service show, but was always amazed by his enthusiasm for such varied musical types that he showcased each week. He also possessed a wonderfully calming voice. Condolences to his family.
Gaby, Jerusalem, Israel

I used to listen to Charlie on the World Service when I lived in Singapore in the late 90s. I remember listening to some of the great music he played on his show and then emailing him to get the details of a particular track and receiving an immediate response. His passion was obvious.
Manoja Ranawake, Sydney, Australia

I first met Charlie in 1994/95. We had many conversations over the years on the phone and subsequently via email regarding music. I found him very down to earth, normal. I included him in an email just a week ago. To sing or to run was my question. His answer was: "How fast can you run?" I had no idea he was ill. May his soul rest in peace.
Elizabeth Young, Middlesex, UK

What a great loss to us, the listeners of his programmes on the World Service! May his soul rest in peace, Amen.
Ali Sallah, Serekunda, The Gambia



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