Very few can lay claim to the kind of legacy created by Annie Nightingale. Best known as the first female DJ on the BBC, she is also Radio 1’s longest serving broadcaster, and holds the world record for the longest ever running radio show.
Her work is now due to be celebrated with two documentaries on Radio 2, airing on 15th and 22nd July, as well as with a special compilation released by Ministry of Sound – part of our ‘Masterpiece’ series. The series represents an opportunity for highly respected, pioneering acts to curate a three-disc musical journey of their influences and inspirations.
Past editions speak volumes about the quality of the series, compiled by the likes of Armand van Helden, Goldie, David Rodigan, Andrew Weatherall, and Gilles Peterson. Annie’s compilation is an effort to document her own impact on British music over the last 50 years.
Such is her impact that a number of her great British heroes – The Byrds, The Who, Paul McCartney, Prodigy and The Rolling Stones – have all agreed to share their music in this special collection. In the case of the latter, this will be their first appearance on any compilation not exclusively featuring their own tracks.
In bringing together such a diversity of artists – all of whom she helped break to a mainstream audience – Annie leads the most fitting tribute to a peerless career.