In Hong Kong, the ‘world’s Most Durable Dj’ Dies at the Age of 98!
Guinness World Records called a popular Hong Kong radio host who worked for more than 70 years the “world’s most durable DJ.” He died at the age of 98.
Reinaldo Maria Cordeiro, also known as “Uncle Ray,” was known as an industry powerhouse on his long-running radio shows. He was credited with launching the careers of many local musicians and introducing Hong Kong pop fans to new trends.
He has talked to a lot of famous pop artists over the years, like the Beatles, the Bee Gees, Ella Fitzgerald, and Frank Sinatra. The funeral committee said that Cordeiro died on Friday in Hong Kong. His family and friends sang “You’ll Never Walk Alone” in his honor.
Kevin Yeung, the city’s culture minister, said on Saturday that the veteran DJ was a “prominent figure in Hong Kong popular culture” who made “significant contributions to the Hong Kong music scene.”
Cordeiro was born in Hong Kong in 1924. He was the fifth of six kids in a family with roots in Portugal. Before he got into music, he worked as a prison warden and a bank clerk. In 1949, he had his first show on Radio Rediffusion called “Progressive Jazz.”
In the 1960s, Cordeiro became well-known as the host of popular “easy listening” shows on RTHK, Hong Kong’s public radio station. “All The Way With Ray,” his famous late-night radio show, started in 1970 and became the station’s longest-running show.
In 2000, Guinness World Records called him “the DJ with the longest career.” Cordeiro will retire in 2021. He told RTHK, “I’ve had the best of life. I’ve been and done everything I’ve ever wanted to.”
He is said to have had heart problems for the past ten years and had a stroke in January, which put him in the hospital. In his autobiography, he said, “I am in my element when I share good music with my fans.”
“I can’t stand the idea of a world without music.”
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