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gentlemen, welcome to Top Of The Pops. Oh! He was a pop pioneer.
about that then? And a multimillion pound charity
fundraiser. He made us belt up in the 70s. Chunk, click, every trip.
And fixed it for thousands of kids' dreams to come true. For 60 years,
Jimmy Savile has been part of our lives, a great British eccentric.
He was crazy. Now then. Is it visible to smoke while you are
exercising? No. This is the story of Jimmy's remarkable life, As It
Happened, now then, now then. came through the lens and grabbed
you. A riddle wrapped inside a mystery, inside a gold lame
tracksuit! Here is Sir Jimmy filmed enjoying
one of his favourite past times, just a few days before he died.
have gotten to be nearly 100 right now, with nothing really basically
wrong with me at all, apart from being a bit odd. But I have been a
bit odd all my life. Good evening ladies and gentlemen, welcome to
Top Of The Pops. # For goodness sake
Jim burst on to our screens and into our lives in the 60s, as the
first-ever host of Top Of The Pops. I will tell you what we will do now
ladies and gentlemen. Top Of The Pops to everybody.
Wednesday January 1th 1964, Saturday evening, live, first band,
The Rolling Stones. We might have been watching in
black and white, but his flamboyant and colourful character shone right
through. The programme and Jimmy were a
smash hit, and soon he was as famous as the big-name acts he
introduced. How about Mr Cliff Richard. The Rolling Stones. The
one and only Lulu. # Some people live within the world,
# Some people live without it Of The Pops was unbelievable, not
only were you in the charts, but you were heating and hanging out
with everybody else in the charts. Jimmy was a huge part of that.
One of those mad nights tonight, ladies and gentlemen. I have been
in the music business for 40 years, I have worked with some quite
challenging people, van Morrison, Shane McKeown, and others, there
was no-one like Savile, he was a complete creation of his own,
unique. I think Jimmy enjoyed the attention from the crowd, the way
all the young bands Z he felt like he was the same, you know, and he
was pretty famous, he was huge. knee everybody, he toured up with
the Rolling Stones, The Beatle, all these types of people.
Fortune soon followed fame, but Jimmy as millionaire lifestyle was
a long way from his humble beginnings.
James Wilson Vincent Savile, was born in Leeds on the 3 1sf October,
1926, and grew up here -- 31st October 1926, and grew up here in
Woodhouse, a stone's throw from the city centre. He was the youngest of
seven children, of Vince Savile, a bookmaker's clerk, and his wife,
Agnes. He survived a bout of childhood pneumonia, and life for
the young Jimmy, growing up in 1920s Leeds was certainly hard. As
he often recalled, to his best mate, Howard Silverman. We grew up in
Consort Terrace, he was the youngest of seven. He always used
to tell me that his nickname was Mr Hand -Down, he was the last to be
handed down clothes from the eldest kids. They had nothing, really.
Times were about to get tougher. The outbreak of the Second World
War saw a teenage Jimmy sent down the coal mine, rather than called
up to the frontline. Even in those days he was quite an extrovert lad.
He went down the hole thinking he knew it all, and he was going to be
fine. He said to me afterwards, he got into this black hole, and
wondered what on earth had he let himself in for. It was while down
the pit that Jimmy suffered a serious injury. They had a roof
fall in, part of it fell on him and injured his spine. He spent the
next three years or so walking round on crutches. As he recovered
from his injuries, Jimmy stumbled into the music business.
History has it that I was the very, very first, in the whole world, to
run a dance to records. When Jimmy Savile started getting involved in
clubs, people went to clubs to listen to live music, and Jimmy
Savile changed that. His vision was that people would go to clubs and
listen to prerecorded music, what he called disc-only nights,
listening to DJs. Jimmy's first Dis-o night, took
part in this building, then the Loyal Order of Shepherds Hall in
Leeds. Rock'n'roll had ray riefd, and armed with a borrowed record --
arrived, and armed with a few rowed record players, Jimmy had arrived.
I thought it was marvellous that you could put a record on and this
band came out of the sound. I got cards and wrote "grand record dance,
1s" and lo and behold I sold 12 wickets.
From humble beginnings, the injured miner, turned music impresario, was
soon managing some of Britain's biggest dance halls. What Jimmy was
table to do was he was able to key into that new generation at the end
of the 50s, who wanted something flamboyant, who wanted a bit of
rock'n'roll. He understood that generation probably better than
anyone else working in clubland in Britain.
My places were packed, packed. A guy walked in last night and said
he had never seen records played like that before, and would you
like a job on radio Luxembourg, I said, why not. I got a telegram,
your Radio Luxembourg programme starts next Thursday.
Radio Luxembourg, your station of the stars. It was Jimmy's big break,
he spent the next decade spinning discs and hanging out with
rock'n'roll's biggest stars. That only continued when TV came
knocking at Jimmy's door. Good evening ladies and gentlemen,
welcome to Top Of The Pops. Hosting Top Of The Pops had made him a
household name, wum the 70s, his public perzone -- come the 1970s
his public persona would be as flamboyant as those worn by the
bands. Those who appeared in the show alongside never forgot the
experience. He brought colour, excitement, he was a flamboyant
personality. He was just wonderful, in fact, that is what Top Of The
Pops was all about, it was all about this wonder cornucopia of
colours. And Jimmy was the centre piece. See you again, too much, too
much. I think in those days anything went,
and it was such a Greg gairous time. Everybody thought of him as a one-
off. What should we have now, should we have the number 1, Elton
John, Kiki Dee Don't Go Breaking My Heart. I so wanted to be on Top Of
The Pops, and eventually I got on there. # Don't go breaking my
heart? # I couldn't if I tried. Jimmy, I met him, he was a very
professional host, and full of life, and excitement, and great performer,
actually, great showman. Top Of The Pops had provided Jim with a
platform, now the whole world was his stage. Savile could be utterly
outrageous, because he didn't give a toss.
There's nothing he liked more than making a fashion statement. Jimmy
Savile was a total eccentric. was a psycadelic experience! That
is what I would say about Jimmy. Psycadelic, in Yorkshire, we have
had psycadelic sheep for years. How about that then?
You look at him and you would go, what? What is this? You could say
he was the first glam rocker. had a Jaguar, and the upholstery
was zeb bra skin, he wrote to Jaguar for some material to make a
jacket out of it. My outfit and delivery suited the people who
themselves were discovering themselves. There was one
particular look he would make his own. Yes indeed. I'm trying to
think of a time when I didn't see Jim in tracksuit? It is not easy.
It was extraordinary seeing this man in the 70s, on television, in a
tracksuit. He broke all the rules. He just got into that comfort thing,
it was easy, taky and bad taste, but it created his own image.
did, however, manage to smarten up to receive an OBE. REPORTER: How do
you feel about the medal? Fantastic. Can you see my heart beating.
Buckingham Palace was a different world from where Jimmy came from,
but he would never forget his roots. Jimmy's home would always be in
Leeds. Although a Penthouse had now replaced the humble terrace. Inside,
Jimmy surrounded himself with souvenirs from his life. There are
the wrestling posters from early semi-professional bouts, and the
racing bike he completed the 1951 Race of Britain on. But it is the
walls that reveal the true extent of Jimmy's fame. From pictures with
The King. The Princess. Even the Pope.
Jimmy's relationship with the Royal Family, most notably, Prince
Charles, was more than passing acquaintance.
I once picked up a phone fall, and Jimmy was in one of the other rooms,
and he said to me, answer the phone for me, would you. I picked it up,
and the voice on the other end of the phone, "could I speak to Sir
Jimmy, please". It suddenly dawned on me I was speaking to Prince
Charles. You finished the marathon with
Jimmy and quarter of an hour later you were at Buckingham Palace
having tea. It wasn't case of getting changed, it was in your
shorts and still weighting with your medal. Not many people do that.
The working-class lad from Leeds ended up becoming a firm favourite
of the establishment. You can knock on the door.
Hello, welcome. Come in. I remember turning to Prince Andrew and going,
"right, boss". I thought it was great. I bet he was with members of
the Royal Family and Prince Charles, to whom he was close, and Mrs
Thatcher, I think it was a little window into Jimmy's world. He would
probably say that to the Queen. Alongside Top Of The Pops, another
prime time hit show would cement Jimmy's status as a TV legend.
Good evening ladies and gentlemen, welcome indeed to Jim Will Fix It.
Jim Will Fix It was just a superb programme for Jim, for you know,
the kids that came on there and everything.
I used to watch Jim Will Fix It every Saturday, I used to love T I
wrote, I asked him if I could meet the Leeds United team of the early
70s, my absolute heros, I heard nothing. I don't hold it against
him. We got a letter from the 2nd St Mary's Cub Scouts, how about a
new place to eat our lunch, they said. Are you sure you want to eat
The show received over 20,000 letters a week, from kids hoping
Jim could fix it for them. From stock sport, "dear Jim can you
fix it for me to drive a 125 high- speed train, I'm six, Robert ." I
wrote a letter, and in my best handwriting, and sent it off to the
producers. A lot of my friends wrote off as well. It was amazing
to get a response, once to say thank you for the letter, and when
to say, come and do it. I was so excited, it was untrue. What we did,
we sorted it out, just like this. First, Jim fixed for Rob to travel
back in time to the golden era of steam. It brings back a few
memories standing up here, I remember shuffling coal into the
fire box. Then he experienced the age of the train, on an Inter City
125. I was only six, it was the best thing in the world, I couldn't
believe it was happening to me. Thank you. For Rob, just as
exciting was his chance to meet Jimmy. Was it good? Yes, very much.
Smashing? Yes. I was massively awe struck, I had
seen him a lot of times on Jim Will Fix It and Top Of The Pops, to meet
him in real life, I was ready to faint. It was just amazing. We have
had a special high-speed Jim Will Fix It badge, will you fix that on
his high-speed head now, everything he has to do is high-speed, he has
to have his breakfast at high-speed, and his dinner at high-speed, and a
high-speed Jim Will Fix It badge. Look at that.
There you go, Jim Fixed It For Me. It has pride of place at home,
thousands of kids wanted this, and I'm the lucky person who has one.
Jim Will Fix It went for almost 20 years and made the dreams of almost
1300 kids come true. But these luck yie youngs -- lucky
youngsters weren't the only people to benefit thanks to Jimmy. Always
the formidable amateur athlete, from cycling races, to over 100
wrestling bouts. Do you do wrestling in this part of the
country? If you have half an hour I can show you. I'm busy but do you
have any. Jim was soon to become synonymous with sponsored marathon
running. He realised he could exploit his popularity with the
press and public to help raise millions for good causes. I think
Jimmy was a pioneer in many ways, for me he was the first non-running
celebrity to seem to be interested in running events. Ladies and
gentlemen, the London Marathon, a very serious and spectacular event.
He was really ahead of his time in that sense. Now so many celebrities
want to run the London Marathon, the Great North Run, et cetera,
they have followed in his footsteps, and the millions raised for charity.
People shouldn't forget, that he had a massive role to play in
what's now become very common practice.
A The man who calls finshes this race, is Jimmy Savile, running
today his 156th half marathon or marathon. Everything was a joy, you
hated everyone, because it was a love-hate relationship, when you
cross the line, you think, terrible, when's the next one! Amazingly Sir
Jim ran more than 200 marathons and helped raise a staggering �45
million for various charities. Including raising �20 million to
rebuild Stoke Mandeville's Spinal Injuries Unit, a cause close to his
heart following his war time mining accident. He even got a couple of
pals to open it. I didn't like to ask you, because you're always here
and you do such a lot for us. didn't know how to ask me, I'm very
hurt now. Jimmy knew that giving his personal time was just as
important as donating cash. For over 20 years he worked with
patients at Broadmoor Secure Hospital. Despite his celebrity, it
wasn't unusual to see Jimmy working as an unpaid hospital porter at
Leeds infirmary. He was very proud of the fact that he was the only
porter at the infirmary driving a Rolls-Royce. I said you may be the
only one driving a roller, but don't par park it in the
consultant's car park! Jimmy was the real deal. Five minutes in a
hospital is ag imm-- gimmick, five years not a gimmick.
He gave back, and I think he got pleasure from giving back. He had
this tremendous gift of making people feel good. I watched
people's faces light up as soon as he was around them. That's a memory
that I will never forget, and never lose. Hello ladies and gentlemen,
welcome to Top Of The Pops, here we go with the charts and music of
Leon Hayward. Throughout the 80s and 90s, Jimmy remained a familiar
face on our screens. Welcome to the Christmas Top Of The Pops.
signature voice on national radio. The day I joined Radio 1, in 1987,
I spent a couple of hours with him doing a photocall, I was completely
overawed, this was Jimmy Savile. Thinking about it now it was
terrifying, but wonderful. He was very friendly, very accommodating,
very Jim. He took me to one side, and he said, this is when I kind of
got a little bit of the real Jim, he took me to one side and he went,
young man, you have just obtained the keys to open the Bank of
England. I thought well that's quite interesting.
Jimmy was evolving into a true national treasure sure. He appeared
on the most popular chat shows. Give us a touch of your knee!
us inexpensive train travel. Away day is an offpeak ticket. And found
himself back at Buckingham Palace to add a Knighthood to the OBE.
is mine, I'm telling you, tell him, it's mine.
And of course, he continued to be, one of Britain's most impersonated
celebrities. How about that then, if you please.
So it's James, is it? Jimmy, Mr Savile, OBE, call it what you like.
What do you do? I used to be on television, young lady. His voice
was so recoginsable, any impressionist knew if they did
Jimmy people would know t he was so warm, people would like to hear the
voice done. To do Jimmy Saville, you have to get the Leeds accent,
then the phrases, now then, Goodness Gracious Me, love,ly,
lovely, jewellery, lots of hesitation, lots of stucato rhythm,
then very wide mouth, then at the end, a lovely little look down the
camera, how's that. I have been off these good people's screens now for
long enough, to become interesting again, haven't I. People watch Huw
Edwards reading the news and they don't know him. But Jimmy came
through the lens and grabbed you. Goodness gracious. Ladies and
gentlemen, good morning, Top Of The Pops to one and all. While his
public persona was there for all to see, a documentary by Louis Theroux,
attempted to discover if there was another side to Jim.
Is Jimmy there, please? Is that the Spice Girls? Yes it is. Go away.
When Louis Met Jimmy, they are they are tried to get behind Jimmy's
flamboyant facade. How are you feeling? Regularly, how are you.
I'm like a butcher's dog, as it happens. The resulting film seemed
to suggest Jimmy was complex, lonely and fixated with his late
mother. When I come in, I always go, all right darling. Which is a
greeting as I walk past the door. It is a friendly thing, it is not
morbid or anything like that. It is totally friendly. He was close to
his mum, basically because he loved his mum. He kept a lot of her
things. All this gear was gear she wore. Instead of slinging it away,
I thought I would hang on to it, these are better souvenirs than
photographs. He was just devoted to his mother, and devastated when she
died. Again, they all seemed to try to make this big thing about the
fact that he had never thrown away his mum's clothes and stuff. But we
all keep photographs of our mums and dads who have died, and
pictures and Mel memorabilia, what was the difference, he could afford
it. He just left it as it was. have you said in interviews you
don't have emotions? Because it is easier. The truth is, I'm very good
at masking them. I have often heard people say that
no-one really knew the real Jimmy. That is not true. Jimmy allowed
people he wanted to get to know him, to get to know him. He was
eccentric, everybody knows he was eccentric, of course he was. But he
wasn't a loner. He was just an ordinary guy. All I hope is, maybe,
some young person somewhere sees all this and says, hey, I thought I
had no chance, but if Jim did it, can I do it. Makes it well
worthwhile then. Maybe it's a bit too yuky for them! Even at 80 years
old, Jimmy continued to light up our TV screens. Hello, and welcome
to the very last Top Of The Pops. Closing the show, that he opened 42
years earlier, and that made him a household name. Don't forget, it is
number one, it is still Top Of The Pops.
Who else could they possibly choose to switch off the lights at the BBC
Top Of The Pops studios, it had to be Jimmy.
For six decades, Sir Jimmy Savile was part of the fabric of British
life. He was about the brightest thread that there was. Wow, there's
someone who has really lived. Had really the best time he could
probably have, and you can't really ask for more than that. He was a
complete one-off. There was really nobody like him, never had been,
and never will be again, really. He literally lit up a room when he
came into it. That was him, that was Jimmy, that was the real person.
Now, Sir Jimmy has gone. But undoubtedly his legend will live on.
Yes indeed. Now then, now then guys and girls
as it happens. Now then, now then, now then. As it happens, as it
happens. How's about that. That is like right good. Now then, now then,
how's about that then? Time to go now, it is a happens.