Spencer Leigh (radio presenter)

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Spencer Leigh
Occupation Radio presenter, author, obituarist
Years active 1972–present

Spencer Leigh (born 1945)[1] is a BBC radio presenter and author.

He has been broadcasting on BBC Radio Merseyside for over 30 years. His first show, "No Holds Bard", was a poetry programme, broadcast in 1972, and did not work well on radio. He has had a few other radio shows, and since 1985, he presents a music programme "On The Beat" on Saturday evenings. Over the years, he has interviewed hundreds of musicians on the show.[2]

One of the first books he wrote is Paul Simon - Now And Then, published in 1973, and as the title says is a biography of the American singer-songwriter Paul Simon. Since then, he has written, or collaborated, over two dozen publications. He has also written the sleeve notes for over 200 albums, and writes obituaries of musicians for The Independent.[2]


  • Paul Simon - Now And Then (1973)
  • Presley Nation (1976)
  • Stars In My Eyes - Personal Interviews With Top Music Stars (1980)
  • Let’s Go Down The Cavern (1984)
  • Speaking Words Of Wisdom (1991)
  • Halfway To Paradise, Britpop 1955–1962 (1996)
  • Memories Of Buddy Holly (1996)
  • Drummed Out! - The Sacking Of Pete Best (1998)
  • Baby, That Is Rock And Roll, American Pop, 1954–1963 (2000)
  • Brother, Can You Spare A Rhyme? - 100 Years Of Hit Songwriting (2001)
  • Puttin' On The Style - The Lonnie Donegan Story (2002)
  • Sweeping The Blues Away - A Celebration Of The Merseysippi Jazz Band (2002)
  • The Best Of Fellas - The Story Of Bob Wooler, Liverpool's First DJ (2002)
  • Twist And Shout! - Merseybeat, The Cavern, The Star-Club And The Beatles (2004)
  • Sound! - The Liverpool Pop Quiz Book (2004)
  • Wonderous Face - The Billy Fury Story (2005)
  • Things Do Go Wrong (2008)
  • The Cavern - The Most Famous Club In The World (2008)
  • Everyday - Getting Closer To Buddy Holly
  • Tomorrow Never Knows: The Beatles On Record
  • It's Love That Really Counts
  • The Beatles in Hamburg (2011)
  • The Beatles in Liverpool (2012)
  • The Beatles in America (2013)

Spencer Leigh has also written or collaborated on a few publication with other authors:

  • The Walrus Was Ringo - 101 Beatles Myths Debunked (2002) by Alan Clayson and Spencer Leigh
  • 1000 UK Number One Hits (2005) by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh
  • Aspects Of Elvis - Tryin' To Get To You (1994) edited by Alan Clayson and Spencer Leigh
  • Behind The Song - The Stories Of 100 Great Pop And Rock Classics (1998) by Michael Heatley and Spencer Leigh


  1. ^ British National Bibliography
  2. ^ a b "Saturday Presenters: Spencer Leigh". BBC. 26 June 2007. Retrieved 1 January 2012.