Tony Nash was born into the golden era where BBC Radio was king of entertainment, and commercial radio was a pipe dream. He grew up surrounded by music from his mother who sang all day, beautifully it has to be said, and various uncles and aunts who could ‘do a turn’ at the drop of a hat. One uncle played first violin in a very famous Orchestra, and yet another used to rebuild pianos and sell them, he could also play them quite well.
Tony could never master making music from the various instruments he attempted, so the next best thing was to play other peoples music from ‘gramophone records’ later called discs, hence the name ‘disc jockey’ which became associated with all radio presenters who played music on the wireless.
He says, “All in all I have got away with this for over 50 years, who said you can’t fool people all the time? Now settled here in sunny Spain, where I came to get away from ‘the radio’ something I did quite well for a few months until I was tempted back in. Old DJ’s never die, we just disappear down the hole in the middle of the record, and that’s probably why I am still around, as even that hole has disappeared now.”