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Tributes to radio DJ Gary Price
By Andy Roberts
BBC South East Wales

Gary Price
Gary was known for his love of soul, jazz and blues

Gary Price, a stalwart of the south Wales radio scene for more than thirty years, has died at the age of 64.

Gary, from Cadoxton in Barry, was a DJ and producer for stations including BBC Radio Wales and Red Dragon Radio.

Most recently he offered the benefit of his experience to community radio, helping launch Bro Radio in Barry and presenting for Radio Cardiff.

Gary was also a social worker in Barry and Cardiff for many years and helped found homeless charity Shelter Cymru.

He was known for his love and expert knowledge of a wide range of music including soul, jazz, blues and rock.

Gary's passion for music was inherited by his son, music journalist Simon, rock and pop critic for the Independent on Sunday.

Gary and Simon Price
Gary passed his passion for music onto his son Simon

"My father was a lifelong music lover," said Simon, "from his teens as a Dansette-wielding rock'n'roller in 1950s Barry, through the hippy years, the punk years, his career in independent radio in the 80s and the Beeb in the 90s and 00s, right up to his (non) retirement with local community stations like Bro Radio and Radio Cardiff. It would have been impossible for that love of music not to rub off on me.

"He was also a staunch individualist and an unconventional thinker, who never went with the flow for the sake of an easy life.

"I'm proud to say that's rubbed off on me too. He never gave up, and never gave in. He was an inspiration."

Russ Rogers, of the Caerphilly based rock band Soundstorm, also paid tribute to Gary, saying he was very supportive of local music.

"Gary championed my band Theory Of Index in the late 80s, giving us the opportunity to play St David's Hall on a number of occasions," he said.

"As a result, we still have these wonderful memories of that time - without Gary's love for music, this may never have happened for us."


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