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Paul Matthew Gambaccini
(1949 - living) U.S.A. - U.K.

Paul Gambaccini

Disc jockey and music journalist


Born in New York City, his mother was Dorothy Kiebrick. His father was Matthew Gambaccini. He went to Staples High School. He then obtained a degree in History at Dartmouth College, USA, and a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University College, Oxford. He wrote for Rolling Stone Magazine from 1970 to 1977.

Paul appeared on BBC Radio 1 for 18 years, presenting the US Chart Show for most of that time, and has been a regular on each of the first four British terrestrial television networks. He was the longest serving performer on breakfast television, with his 13-year film review stint, first on TV-am and then GMTV. He has also appeared on a number of other television programmes, including Call My Bluff, Music For The Millennium, and The South Bank Show.

In 1982 he helped to launch the career of the pop group Kajagoogoo, and he met the lead singer Limahl. Paul Gambaccini became a friend and mentor to Limahl, and they shared a flat (just as friends) for most of 1983.

In 1995 Paul Gambaccini was named Philanthropist of the Year by the National Charity Fundraisers, for his work on behalf of the Terrence Higgins Trust. He has also been a fundraiser for Amnesty International. In 1996 he received the Outstanding Contribution to Music Radio award from the Radio Academy, and picked up the Sony Award for Music Broadcaster of the Year in 2003.


Source: The Knitting Circle, U.K., http://www.sbu.ac.uk/stafflag/people.html - et alii

Paul GambacciniHis work include:

  • Television's Greatest Hits (1993)
  • Love Letters (1996)
  • The McCartney Interviews: After the Break-up (1996)
  • Close Encounters (1998)
  • The Eurovision Companion (1999)
  • Complete Book of the British Charts (2000)
  • The Ultimate Man (2000)
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