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

The world’s longest working DJ who spun the wheels of steel over six decades has died aged 98.

Ray Cordeiro joined Hong Kong’s public broadcaster in 1960 after working as a prison warden and bank clerk.

His All The Way With Ray show of easy listening music was broadcast for 51 years until he retired in 2021.

Cordeiro, who was born in Hong Kong in 1924 and is of Portuguese descent, was recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s longest-working DJ.

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

“They still listened to me on the internet.”

During his career spanning 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 their early days in Hamburg, Germany, where they lived in relative poverty and played in clubs.

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

Cordeiro said all four members of the Beatles autographed a magazine cover for him.

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

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

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

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