Salute to DJ Derek...Britain's oldest DJ! DJ Derek has retired after decades of spinning. The 72-year-old played his last gig on New Year's Eve at Notting Hill Arts Club in London.
A legend in Britain, DJ Derek, aka Derek Morris, has performed with Dizzee Rascal and Massive Attack. He's also played at some of the UK’s largest festivals including Glastonbury and The Big Chill. Morris' love of reggae and growing record collection led him to DJing at local pubs for beer money. Mr Morris quit his job as an accountant at chocolate makers Cadbury after 18 years to become a full time performer. He said: 'I was not even a DJ when I was at Cadbury. I was originally a washboard player in a local skiffle group and then a drummer in The Ramrods, a Bristol rock’n’roll group. But even back then I knew I loved black music more than I loved rock’n’roll and I used to see all the blues artists who came to play gigs in Bristol."
The DJ’s popularity has grown in recent years and he was awarded a local 'OBE', for outstanding Bristolian entertainer, at his final outdoor show at Bristol’s Harbour Festival in July. According to the Mail Online, Morris plans to spend his retirement traveling, visiting local pubs and listening to his favorite music at home.