DJ who partied with #Elvis #PaulMcCartney & #CliffRichard

IF YOU were a young pop fan in the late 1960s to 1970s, chances are you grew up listening to DJ Tony Prince on Radio Luxembourg on a crackling transistor radio nestled under your bedcovers.

By KATHRYN SPENCER  published 00:01, Tue, Apr 18, 2017

DJ Tony Prince met some of the world’s biggest celebrities during his time on Radio Luxembourg
Tony, ebullient, pint-sized self-styled “Royal Ruler” of pirate station Radio Caroline and then influential European station Radio Luxembourg, hailed from humble beginnings in Oldham, Lancashire. Yet the boy “from a Coronation Street terrace” went on to work – and sometimes party – with everyone who was anyone in  from his childhood idol Elvis Presley to Paul McCartney, Led Zeppelin and rock wild man Keith Moon – “a lovely man… when he was sober”. He also DJ’d for the Luxembourg royal family including Princess Marie-Astrid who was once tipped to marry Prince Charles
Tony’s brush with musical stardust started aged 15 in 1960 when he sang backed by the drumming of a pre-Beatles Ringo StarrThe self confessed “small and cheeky” 5ft 4in Tony, now 71, recalls: “I entered a talent contest at Butlin’s in North Wales. The camp’s backing group was Rory Storm and the Hurricanes and their drummer was Ringo. So I sang with Ringo before Paul McCartney and John Lennon did – and I borrowed Ringo’s cowboy boots. “I sang Be-Bop-A-Lula, the Gene Vincent song. Gene used to kick up his leg on the microphone stand. I tried that but Ringo’s boots, three sizes too big, came off and landed on a Teddy Boy’s head. Ringo couldn’t stop laughing, the audience were laughing and clapping and I guess that first turned me on to the power of an audience.” 

Tony Prince with Cliff Richard

Tony Prince with Cliff Richard


Three years later Tony, by now a successful DJ, introduced The Beatles on stage at a gig in Oldham in 1963 as their first number one, Please Please Me was announced. 

All you would hear at a Beatles concert was screaming  Tony Prince

“I was the last person to hear The Beatles live because after this, all you would hear at a Beatles concert was screaming,” recalls Tony, who has written an autobiography The Royal Ruler And The Railway DJ (alongside reminiscences from Czech DJ Jan Sestak) which has had interest from Hollywood. After leaving school, Tony briefly trained as a jockey alongside Willie Carson. But he ended up a star jockey of a different sort. Priscilla Presley discusses amicable divorce from Elvis 
He became singer with an Oldham group called The Jasons and later a solo singer & DJ. UNUSUALLY he worked in TV before he went into radio, presenting a Bristol-based pop show, Discs A Gogo, where guests included Sonny and Cher and Tom Jones. One guest was Tony Blackburn who talked about his life as a pirate DJ on Radio Caroline – which Tony soon joined and developed his on-air persona of the Royal Ruler – a nod to fellow pirate DJ Emperor RoskoTony has fond memories as a pirate of the airwaves off the Isle of Man… “I can’t tell you how exciting it was. I wish I could get in a Tardis for a few weeks and experience it again. 


All the stars came to Luxembourg but Tony’s greatest memory was meeting Elvis Presley

“It was an idyllic life for a guy who loved music, young, a bachelor – it was the 1960s, transistor radios had just come out, The Beatles were gods and all these great records, The Stones, Bob Dylan, The Kinks – and we were the boys playing them for the first time.” When pirate radio was made illegal in 1967, Tony joined “fabulous” Radio Luxembourg. Popular with youngsters in the UK and all over Europe, where “208” had a 100 million audience, the quick-witted Royal Ruler became a celebrity, with personal appearances and a column in the teenage girls’ magazine Fab 208. He even promoted a keep-fit device called the Star Disco Trimmer with Cliff Richard. At first, to protect his bachelor image, he was advised to keep quiet about his girlfriend and future wife, childhood sweetheart Christine (they’ve been married for 47 years and have two children). All the stars came to Luxembourg but Tony’s greatest memory was meeting Elvis Presley in Las Vegas in 1972 and then introducing him live on stage before his show. “It was an overwhelming thing for me as an Elvis fan and I suppose the greatest thing in my life,” says Tony. “To see Elvis clapping and walking towards me as I introduced him.” 
As president of the UK Elvis Presley fan club, he took 200 British fans on a pilgrimage to Elvis’s home town of Tupelo, Mississippi, and five days in Vegas where Presley was in residence. Tony had used his cheeky charm to inveigle a meeting with The King’s formidable manager Colonel Tom Parker and got him to agree to a rare pre-show interview with the singer. It was 1972 and Tony recalls: “My impression of Elvis? He was incredibly handsome, a beautiful human specimen and so polite, so gently spoken.” Tony met Elvis again in 1973 when the King promised him he would come to Europe to entertain fans for the first time – alas something Elvis, who died in 1977, never did. Prince also presented Elvis with a trophy. Says Tony: “When I was 15 I had Elvis’s poster on my bedroom wall. Now, today, if you go to Elvis’s home at Graceland, you’ll find a photo of me presenting him with that trophy. So my photograph is now on Elvis’s wall. How about that for a turn of events?” Family

Tony with his wife Christine and their two children Daniel and Gabrielle
TONY’S Luxembourg early- 1970s heyday coincided with the teen idol era and he compered the Osmonds’ British shows while David Cassidy – who recently revealed he has dementia – became a friend. “It is such sad news,” Tony says. “He is a lovely guy, a good mate. I feel sorry for people at that deep end of fan mania, they find themselves in a goldfish bowl. It all became a bit much for him.” Another chum is Sir Paul McCartney who asked Tony to compere a Buddy Holly-themed event he and his late wife Linda held annually for 10 years. Linda converted Tony to vegetarianism. “Every time she saw me she’d ask, ‘Are you still vegetarian, Tony?’” The young Noel Edmonds, who also worked at Luxembourg, is recalled by Tony as a lothario and, even then, a practical joker who tried to fake his own death as a prank on his unamused flatmate, fellow DJ Kid Jensen. Jensen meanwhile, apparently caught the eye of the bisexual David Bowie for a while but batted off his overtures, according to Tony. 



The legendary DJ with his good friend Paul McCartney

Tony worked at 208 until 1983 – “It had had its day” – having ended up as programme director. He left for pastures new in the UK, pioneering DJ mixtapes, founding (and selling) DJ magazine Mixmag and setting up the music organisation DMC, which runs a DJ competition. He moved into TV production and makes documentaries. He hasn’t worked on radio for years but feels the genre is in the doldrums and doesn’t cater to the older – but still pop-loving – population. “There should be a channel for the over 50s, playing music from Presley to the 1970s,” he says. “Too many radio DJs are actors and comedians. We need proper DJs who care for the industry. I think the future is the return of personality DJs like Kenny Everett who think quickly and who are really into the music.” Could the Royal Ruler one day return to the airwaves?  The Royal Ruler And The Railway DJ by Tony Prince and Jan Sestak (DMC Publishing, £20) is available at

Tony Prince at ‘The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame

While reading the article above I realised how many of the names mentioned were linked to paedophilia. Hence the blog! 






Led Zeppelin  


Prince Charles

(I’d be here forever listing links! So instead i am just gonnae give you 1 which has lots of info on royal family & paedophilia)



Paul McCartney

Tom Jones


Tony Blackburn


The Rolling Stones

  1. Bill Wyman
  2. Mick Jagger (More on Jagger coming soon!)

David Bowie


The Kinks 

Kinks – Art Lover Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Sunday afternoon there’s something special
It’s just like another world
Jogging in the park is my excuse
To look at all the little girls

I’m not a flasher in a rain coat,
I’m not a dirty old man,
I’m not gonna snatch you from your mother,
I’m an art lover
Come to daddy,
Ah, come to daddy,
Come to daddy

Pretty little legs, I want to draw them,
Like a Degas ballerina
Pure white skin, like porcelain,
She’s a work of art and I should know
I’m an art lover
Come to daddy,
And I’ll give you some spangles

Little girl don’t notice me
Watching as she innocently plays
She can’t see me staring at her
Because I’m always wearing shades
She feeds the ducks, looks at the flowers
I follow her around for hours and hours
I’d take her home, but that could never be,
She’s just a substitute
For what’s been taken from me
Ah, come to daddy, come on

Noel Edmonds




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