A universally respected broadcaster, Jazz FM's Peter Young, aka PY, has been presenting his hugely influential radio show, The Soul Cellar, since 1979.
The Soul Cellar is a celebration of the r&b music of Black America, mainly from the late 50s through to the early 80s, but generally concentrating on the golden era of the 60s and 70s. Motown, Stax, Atlantic, Chess, Philadelphia and some of the smaller labels from the Southern States is what makes up the backbone of the show.
It was always Peter Young's ambition to be involved in music and he cites radio presenter Alan ‘Fluff’ Freeman as an inspiration for making everything he played sound exciting. PY remembers buying his first soul record at the age of twelve: “Fingertips” by another 12-year old, Little Stevie Wonder. This was on the UK Oriole label and was picked up from Edgware Electrics in 1963.
PY worked for Capital Radio for 15 years and briefly for BBC Radio, but can currently be heard back on Jazz FM — the station he regards as home.
In 2004, Peter Young celebrated 25 years of The Soul Cellar and played a special guest set at Right On! to mark the occasion.
Although he claims to have now retired from live appearances, you can catch PY on Jazz FM every Saturday at 3pm for a hot selection of jazz, blues, r&b, soul and gospel — both old and new. Tune in on national DAB Digital Radio or online at:
You can also purchase Peter Young's fab Soul Cellar CDs from Amazon: