‘Thank you Janice Long’ – tributes pour in for trailblazing DJ after her death on Christmas Day

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 27th December 2021

Tributes have been pouring in this weekend for DJ legend Janice Long, who has died aged 66.

The radio DJ and Top of the Pops presenter was the first female to have her own daily show on Radio 1.

Some of music’s biggest names have paid tribute to Janice, who died at home on Christmas Day after a short illness.

She was the sister of Keith Chegwin, who passed away in 2017.

Many have paid thanks to Janice, for her ‘enthusiasm and passion’ for music and support for those just starting out in the industry.


The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess said: “Janice Long was a supporter and mentor for so many bands.

Janice Long. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

“To hear our records on her show was always the biggest thrill – her enthusiasm and love shone through. One of a kind. Safe travels, we’ll miss ya x x.”


Clint Boon posted: “Devastated to hear the news about Janice Long passing away.

“She was by far one of the warmest, most beautiful people in the industry. Her enthusiasm & passion for music was infectious.

“Being in her company was always an absolute privilege & honour. I love her & I’ll miss her.”


Clint later added a fond memory of Janice, writing: “In 1995, Janice Long invited me to be a presenter on a new radio station she was launching, Crash FM.

“It was based in a primary school near Penny Lane, Liverpool during the summer holidays. My first ever radio presenting job. I’ve worked in radio ever since. Thank you Janice xxx”

The Pet Shop Boys posted on Twitter: “We are both very sad to hear of the death of radio DJ Janice Long who was always so enthusiastic about new music and such fun to be around.

“She was very supportive to us in the early days of PSB. Heartfelt condolences to her family and friends. Neil and Chris xx”

Janice Long’s husband and partner of more than 30 years Paul Berry said: “I’ve lost the love of my life and I’m going to spend the rest of it half a person. She had my back from the day we met, you couldn’t possibly ask for more love and loyalty from a wife.”


Badly Drawn Boy wrote: “Those of us lucky enough to meet Janice Long will know she was exactly the person you’d seen on the telly or heard on the radio. Like meeting an old friend for the first time.

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“The outpouring of Love for Janice is real. She was always herself which is why we loved her.”

Peter Hook wrote: “Such sad news about Janice Long. She was always a great friend and a great supporter of our music. She was a lovely lady and a pleasure to be around. RIP.”

Elbow’s Guy Garvey posted: “From her blowing a needle across a @midgeure1 record trying to remove some fluff and then laughing for ages when I was 10 I loved her.


“Then a really early supporter of @Elbow. She’d sway with her eyes shut during a session. Mad about her family. We really loved her #janicelong.”

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