Five years ago this past Saturday, the world lost one of the finest men to ever touch the music game. (I was in New York at CMJ with no internet access as I walked in the rain, so I am two days, late, forgive me John, please).
I've lamented his death before here on AustinSurreal and back on HoustonSoReal of course. He was a radio DJ in England (who actually got his start in radio in Dallas) who played all forms of music and championed many, many underdogs. I'm not going to go way into it here cuz alas, I have to go to work, but facy is, if I have a hero in this world, it was him. Dude put it down like no one else and he will never be replaced.
I mean listen to the radio the world over, there's no one even close.
Check some of these links if you want to know more and I'll be back here later tonight with a full report from CMJ.
John Peel Wikipedia
John Peel on Radio 1
Search John Peel on YouTube if you want to learn what it really takes to keep it real (peel) in the music business.