Aussie Radio Pioneer Dee Dies

Grantley Dee, one of Australia's earliest rock 'n' roll radio DJs died yesterday (Feb. 8) in Melbourne after a short illness. He was 57.

Grantley Dee, one of Australia's earliest rock'n'roll radio DJs, died yesterday (Feb. 8) in Melbourne after a short illness. He was 57.

Blind from birth, Dee (real name Grantley De Zoete) joined Melbourne top-40 radio station 3AK at the age of 16 and became one of the city's highest-profile DJs.

"Being a singer himself, he was one of the first to play Australian music on radio and took risks with a lot of unknown local talent," recalls Jeff Joseph, who managed Dee in the mid-'60s.

As an artist with the defunct HMV Records, Dee had chart success with the 1996 singles "Let the Little Girl Dance" and "Wild One." He continued to perform in clubs until 2002.

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