Ray Cordeiro: World’s longest working DJ whose career spanned six decades dies | Ents & Arts News

The world’s longest-serving DJ, who spun the wheels of steel for more than six decades, has died at the age of 98.

Ray Cordero joined the Hong Kong Public Broadcaster in 1960 after working as a prison warden and bank clerk.

His show All the Way with Ray aired easy listening music for 51 years until he retired in 2021.

Cordeiro, who was born in Hong Kong Born in 1924 and of Portuguese descent, he was recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s busiest DJ.

Speaking after his retirement, he said: “The audience followed me, grew up with me, and now they are all over the world.

“They still listen to me on the Internet.”

In a career that spanned more than half a century, he interviewed The Beatles at the height of their fame in 1964 while doing a training course at the BBC in London.

He said John Lennon recounted his early days in Hamburg, Germany, where he lived in relative poverty and played in clubs.

FILE - Ray Cordero, Hong Kong's oldest DJ shows off his copies of The Beatles.  Autographs are kept as originals at his home in Hong Kong on Thursday 27th May 2021.  Cordero considers himself the luckiest radio DJ in the world.  Cordero, who interviewed musical acts including the Beatles during a six-decade career on Hong Kong radio that earned him the title of world's longest-serving disc jockey, died Friday, January 13, 2023. Done, his former employer announced.  .  He was 98 years old.  (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
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Cordero’s interview with the Beatles made him a celebrity in Hong Kong. Photo: AP

Cordero said that all four Beatles members autographed magazine covers for him.

“It’s probably worth a fortune,” he said.

The broadcast of the Beatles interview on Hong Kong radio made Cordero a celebrity.

Other stars he interviewed included Sir Elton John and Tony Bennett.



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