Rey Cordeiro, the world’s longest-serving disc jockey who interviewed music acts including The Beatles during his 60-year career on Hong Kong radio, has died at the age of 98.
Hong Kong – Rey Cordeiro, who earned the title of the world’s longest-serving disc jockey after interviewing music acts including The Beatles during his 60-year career on Hong Kong radio, has died, his former employer has announced. he was 98 years old.
Cordeiro died on Friday, according to the Hong Kong Radio and Television station, where he worked until 2021. The cause of death has not been disclosed.
Born in Hong Kong of Portuguese descent in 1924, Cordeiro holds the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s longest-serving DJ.
After working as a prison warden and a bank clerk, he joined Hong Kong Public Broadcasting in 1960. Easy His Listening to His Music program “All the Way With Ray” was broadcast on RTHK Radio 3 for his 51 years until his retirement.
“Audiences followed me, grew up with me, and now they’re all over the world,” Cordeiro told The Associated Press in 2021 after retirement. “They were still listening to me on the internet.” .
Cordeiro interviewed The Beatles, the world’s biggest music act at the time, following a British Broadcasting Corporation study course in London in 1964. He said John Lennon spoke of their early years living relatively poorly in Hamburg, Germany, playing in clubs.
Cordeiro said all four members of the Beatles signed the cover of the magazine for him.
“It’s probably worth a lot of money,” he said.
An interview with The Beatles on Hong Kong radio made Cordeiro a celebrity. He has also interviewed other stars and met Elton John and Tony Bennett.