Hong Kong DJ who has been broadcasting for 6 decades dies at the age of 98
Ray Cordeiro, who has interviewed musical artists including The Beatles during a six-decade career on Hong Kong radio that earned him the title of world’s longest-working discus player, has died at the age of 98.
The Hong Kong radio broadcaster, where he works until 2021, said the veteran died on Friday.
Cordeiro, a Portuguese born in 1924 in Hong Kong, is recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s longest-serving DJ.
He joined Hong Kong’s public broadcaster in 1960 after working as a warden and banker. His All The Way With Ray show about easy music was on RTHK Radio 3 for 51 years until his retirement.
“The audience has watched me, grew up with me, and now they’re all over the world,” Cordeiro told The Associated Press in 2021 after retiring. “They still listen to me on the internet.”
Cordeiro interviewed The Beatles in 1964 after taking a course in London with the BBC.
He said John Lennon recounted their early days in Hamburg, Germany, where the band lived in relative poverty and played in clubs.
Cordeiro said all four members of The Beatles signed him a magazine cover.
“It was probably worth a fortune,” he said.
The broadcast of The Beatles’ interview on Hong Kong radio made Cordeiro a celebrity. He also interviewed other stars and met Sir Elton John and Tony Bennett.
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