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Discover the man behind the on-screen persona: seven years spent down the coal mines - until a near-death explosion; professional cyclist, wrestler and marathon runner. This title deals with the life of DJ, TV personality and charity fund-raiser, Sir Jimmy Savile. Superbly illustrated, including never before seen family photographs, the book traces Sir Jimmy's roller-coaster life from his birth in Leeds in 1926. Readers will discover more about Sir Jimmy's childhood as the youngest of seven children in a devout Catholic family. Here are recounted his years as a 'Bevin Boy' miner and the near-fatal pit explosion that forced him out of the mines and into a new career in the dance halls of Yorkshire in the late 1940s. His skills as an entertainer led him from provincial dance halls to Radio Luxembourg and eventually to the BBC, where he hosted both the first and last-ever "Top of the Pops". He also fronted the popular TV show "Jim'll Fix It", which, at its peak, attracted 20,000 letters a week. Alison Bellamy has tracked down many of the people who knew him. They include those involved with his tireless efforts as a charity worker that saw the raising of an incredible sum estimated at over GBP 40 million. These personal memories help to give a unique perspective on the man behind the trademark white hair, gold jewellery, tracksuits and the famous cigars.
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