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October 29, 2011 8:20 AM   Subscribe

RIP Sir Jimmy Savile, English disc jockey, television presenter and media personality. Quite a personality.

DJ Heaven - Jimmy Savile
Jarvis & Jimmy
Clunk click
Jim'll Fix It
When Louis Theroux met Jimmy Savile - the flat in Scarborough
When Louis Met Jimmy Savile - Zero Tolerance
posted by fearfulsymmetry (40 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
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posted by Flashman at 8:43 AM on October 29, 2011 [2 favorites]


Kept his mom's flat as a shrine, that's going to be really odd for the executors to have to deal with Jimmy's stuff as well as the preserved treasures of his long gone mother.
posted by Meatbomb at 8:48 AM on October 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


I was once in Gipton in Leeds, and remember two old women talking about "Our Jimmy" like he was a personal friend. I think it's a good mark in England if you can make it and still have folk in your hometown speak warmly of you. I sometimes wonder where his dark heart lay, as he seems to have been quite a decent fella. Shame to have lost such a character, even if you thought he was a little over–the–top.
posted by Jehan at 8:48 AM on October 29, 2011


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This event marks the great boundary in historical time between Now and Then.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 8:54 AM on October 29, 2011 [7 favorites]


A friend on Facebook: "Jimmy Saville was (so they say) the first man to play his records in a dancehall. Therefore, RIP, inventor of the disco."
posted by Meatbomb at 8:58 AM on October 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


Gone to receive a big gold medal in the sky.
posted by Artw at 9:00 AM on October 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


/does a quick check that Rolf Harris is still alive.
posted by Artw at 9:01 AM on October 29, 2011 [3 favorites]


Too soon for a Halloween costume?
posted by MattWPBS at 9:09 AM on October 29, 2011


/does a quick check that Rolf Harris is still alive.

First Tony Hart, now Jimmy Savile. Rolf Harris better hang on else that's childhood gone.

Too soon for a Halloween costume?

Never!
posted by Jehan at 9:12 AM on October 29, 2011


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posted by motty at 9:12 AM on October 29, 2011


Wonder if the urban myths about him were true.
posted by the cuban at 9:16 AM on October 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


. Unique character, that's another part of my childhood gone. RIP Sir Jimmy. He raised a lot of money for Stoke Mandeville spinal unit, so he's left a good legacy.
posted by arcticseal at 9:21 AM on October 29, 2011


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posted by lalochezia at 9:31 AM on October 29, 2011


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(and you and you and yoo-hoo-hoo!)
posted by runincircles at 9:31 AM on October 29, 2011


Fun Fact: Jimmy Saville was the DJ on the night when my parents met at the Ritz dancehall in Manchester. Though at that point, DJing was not a verb.

I should get this fact out now, as it'll be pretty redundant in the future, as it is for most of the world currently.
posted by davemee at 9:36 AM on October 29, 2011 [2 favorites]


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posted by PippinJack at 9:58 AM on October 29, 2011


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posted by Webbster at 9:59 AM on October 29, 2011


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posted by ArmyOfKittens at 10:00 AM on October 29, 2011


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posted by Ranucci at 10:04 AM on October 29, 2011


Goodness gracious.



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posted by subbes at 10:22 AM on October 29, 2011


. . . to see ya, nice!
posted by stonepharisee at 10:29 AM on October 29, 2011


Oops that was Bruce Forsythe. 70's BBC was a truly weird place.
posted by stonepharisee at 10:30 AM on October 29, 2011


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posted by brilliantmistake at 10:31 AM on October 29, 2011


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I can't find a clip of the greatest moment in Jim'll Fix It history - the girl smashing a vase on Antiques Roadshow - so here's the second greatest: Cub Scouts eat lunch on a rollercoaster.
posted by jack_mo at 10:35 AM on October 29, 2011 [2 favorites]


Coming from a family of outsized personalities, I have to love a guy like this.

An over-the-top life is a life well lived.

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posted by sonascope at 10:53 AM on October 29, 2011


Sir Jimmy presses a button on his Big Red Chair, and begins his ascent.

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posted by marienbad at 11:53 AM on October 29, 2011 [2 favorites]


Never trust a mummy's boy.

That said, tonight's cigar is being smoked in his honour.
posted by Decani at 12:37 PM on October 29, 2011


Oops that was Bruce Forsythe. 70's BBC was a truly weird place.

Yeah, that was Bruce Forsyth, sadly long since still with us.
posted by Jehan at 1:00 PM on October 29, 2011 [2 favorites]


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Watching Jim'll fix It for the first time on UK telly when I was a wee child led me to the sudden realisation that we were getting hosed with Irish TV.
posted by lesbiassparrow at 4:10 PM on October 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


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posted by zeoslap at 7:27 PM on October 29, 2011


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jingle jingle jingle
posted by grubby at 7:42 PM on October 29, 2011


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posted by Mael Oui at 8:24 PM on October 29, 2011


He beckoned children to sit on the arm of his chair with the promise of making their dreams come true while he smoked cigars and wore a rather fetching track suit combo.

They don't make kids' tv like they used to.
posted by MuffinMan at 12:55 AM on October 30, 2011


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posted by YAMWAK at 2:26 AM on October 30, 2011


Saturdays in the 80s will never be the same again. He was a crazy dude, but I used to love watching Jim'll Fix It.
posted by Elmore at 11:05 AM on October 30, 2011


An interview about his DJing career, where he seems to claim to have invented the notion of "dancing to records". Funny that as rudimentary as the initial set-up was, the feelings he describes are similar to what a modern novice DJ might experience.
posted by rollick at 11:32 AM on October 30, 2011


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posted by elsietheeel at 10:25 AM on October 31, 2011


B3ta tribute
posted by lalochezia at 4:36 PM on November 1, 2011


Jim fixed it for Iron Maiden and me
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 5:50 AM on November 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


A man who divided opinion without ever appearing to care much what anyone thought of him, he was simply an odd chap.
It was once estimated that he had personally raised more than £40 million for various charitable causes, and that up to 90 per cent of his own income was given away, although Savile never disclosed the extent of his charitable donations. He took part in more than 200 marathons and innumerable “fun runs” for charity, without ever bothering to train: “I just turn up and run.” He completed the London Marathon in 2005.
Jimmy Savile's good deeds are the real story.
Jimmy was always a bit too mainstream for my musical taste but he definitelydeserves a
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posted by adamvasco at 9:54 AM on November 8, 2011


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