Saturday, 26 March 2011

Keith Fordyce 1928-2011

Keith Fordyce - Presenter of Ready Steady Go
It's been another sad week for showbiz departures, and even sadder when its a voice that has given millions pleasure over many decades.

Keith Fordyce, for many years was a broadcaster on Radio Luxembourg and BBC Radio 2 presenting programmes from Late Night Extra to Sounds Of the Sixties.

However, he will probably be best remembered as the front man of Associated Rediffusion's iconic sixties pop show Ready Steady Go! which he presented from 1963 to 1966 with Cathy McGowan. Keith's cool calm approach was ideal when interviewing the likes of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Kinks.

Several episodes of Ready Steady Go! still survive and some edited highlights were repeated on Channel Four in the 1980s - lets hope these will one day see release on DVD or at least be repeated.

Andy Walmsley has posted a full tribute to Keith with lots of sound bytes from his radio shows here.

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