Jim Stagg

Death of Jim Stagg

October 7, 1935 - November 6, 2007

Jim Stagg, iconic Chicago disc jockey, dies at 72


Jim Stagg, an iconic Chicago disc jockey in the heyday of Top 40 radio who toured with The Beatles and interviewed scores of legendary musicians, died Tuesday. He was 72.

Stagg, whose real name was Jimmy Pearson Staggs, died at his home in a Chicago suburb of complications from esophageal cancer, daughter Kara Drumke said.

Stagg was a longtime fixture on WCFL-AM where shows "Stagg Line" and "Stagg's Starbeat" attracted legions of teenage listeners.

Born in 1935 in Bessemer, Ala., he worked at stations in Birmingham, Ala., San Francisco, Philadelphia, Milwaukee and Cleveland before joining WCFL in 1963.

The Beatles burst upon the U.S. musical scene the following year, and Stagg traveled with them on their American tours, broadcasting hourly updates to fans back in Chicago.

He left the airwaves in 1975 and opened a chain of music stores.

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