Profile: Mike Read: Born in 1951, Mike started with BBC Radio 1 in 1978, firstly presenting the evening show, 8:00-10:00pm, focusing on what were then, records from the 'new-wave' era. Three years later, in January of 1981, Mike moved to the flagship breakfast show, becoming well known for reading out the day's schedule in the voices of other Radio 1 disc-jockeys.
Famously for Mike, and often referred to on both radio and pop-music TV documentaries, in January of 1984, live on-air, he banned Frankie Goes To Hollywood's 'Relax' because of it's sexually explicit content. Radio 1 went on to ban the record, except on the Top 40, but the ban is seen by many to have caused the tracks meteoric rise to Number 1 in the charts that year. Mike's still gone on to win ten National Broadcaster of the Year awards. He left Radio 1 in 1991.
In 1977 he helped launch the 'Guinness British Hit Singles' book with Tim Rice and Paul Gambaccini. Mike has won a staggering ten 'National Broadcaster of the Year' awards during his time at Radio Luxembourg, Radio 1, Classic FM & Classic Gold. He is the only British radio DJ to have presented the Breakfast show on three National radio stations. Over on television, he has appeared on well over 1,000 hours of programming, noteably the show that took over from 'Swap Shop', the similarly themed 'Saturday Superstore', and there was also 'Mike Read's Pop Quiz', 'Top Of The Pops'. 'Pop Quest' and 'Goldmaster'.
He's a fan of tennis along with his friend Cliff Richard. In 2002, after one of Cliff's concerts in nearby Sheffield, both were seen out shopping in the picturesque Derbyshire Peak District town of Bakewell where they purchased original puddings to take home!
A skilled musician, (he plays the guitar) Mike has gone on to write music, lyrics and/or book, for 6 stage musicals including 'Great Expectations', 'A Christmas Carol', 'Apollo and Oscar', 'Ricky Nelson - Teengae Idol' the latter of which was staged in 1995, and five of his choral works were featured at the 1997 Sydmonton Festival. June 2000 saw his new musical version of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', called 'Oh Puck' appear in workshops in London before touring nationally.
He has had many songs recorded by major artists such as Alvin Stardust, Cliff Richard, Gene Pitney, Steve Harley, Don McLean, Marc Almond, David Essex, Justin Hayward, Paul Young, Leo Sayer, Jon Anderson and Darren Day. He's also composed works for The Eton College Choir, King College Choir, The Rodolphus Choir and The London Community Gospel Choir. In 1992, he won an award for 'Television and Radio Theme of the Year' for his hit song 'More To Life', sung by Sir Cliff Richard for BBC Television's hit show 'Trainer'.
Also in the early nineties, he was asked to write the music for a production by the Children's Film Unit 'How's Business', as well as co-writing the title song for the 1996 movie 'Caught In The Act' which won an Excellence Award in the USA Laguna Beach Film Festival.. He has also written the book, screenplay, music and lyrics for a film version of Charles Dickens' 'Great Expectations', and 'The Prince and The Pauper', plus a screenplay for a 60s musical comedy 'Radio Cool'.
1996 saw The Band of The Royal Marines record his 'Morning March' which went on to become the track of the best selling classical album of the same name, alongside established and well known classical composers. The Morning March appeared again on another best selling classical music album alongside similar well known composers. Following the success of the album 'Poetry In Motion' in which Mike set Sir John Betjeman's poems to music, he went on to record a second Betjeman album 'Words and Music' which included top recording artists. It was released in 2000.
Almost thirty books written by Mike have now achieved sales well in excess of two million copies. As far back as the 1980s, Guinness Publishing presented him with an award having achieved 500,000 sales of their books alone, including the Book of Hit Singles. He's had three poetry works published, with some works featuring in anthologies - he came up with the idea, produced and wrote the biographies for 'One Hundred Favourite Poems' and it's follow up 'One Hundred Humerous Poems' for Classic FM. CD spin-offs have sold a significant number of copies along with a book containing extracts from the series. He's also been behind 'Inspirations', 'Forever England - the life of Rupert Brooke', 'The Cliff Richard Chronicle' and 'Major to Minor - the Rise and Fall of the Songwriter'.
More recently, MIke wrote questions for Michael Barrymore's TV music quiz 'My Kind Of Music', he duetted with Cliff Richard at the Birmingham NIA for SKY TV, took part in the South Downs Way hundred mile walk in just five days and continued broadcasting to Classic FM listeners. He also had a cameo appearance in the film 'Interview With A Dead Man'. Mike is Chairman of the Rupert Brooke Society, and recorded a TV Special for the Open University.
A keen tennis player, hence his friendship with Sir Cliff, he's played in many pro-celebrity tournaments and in the West Sussex League.
September 2002, Mike announced to the press that he plans to marry the interior
designer, Eileen Johnston in 2003.
Whereabouts: After a lengthy stint at Classic FM, Mike Read joined Jazz FM's 100.4 North-East of England network in September 1999, taking over the highly-rated breakfast show slot across the region.
Sources indicate that Mike has a website, at www.mikeread.uk.com. At the time of being published, this was an inactive domain name.
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