Brief biographies of Kenny and Cash
both sadly no longer with us

Kenny Everett, (b Maurice Cole) 25th December 1944 - 4th April 1995.
(Knees Club Member 33)

Despite Kenny's lack of broadcasting experience, Big L Programme Director, Ben Toney was sufficiently impressed by the nineteen-year-old's demo tape to sign him up for the Radio London DJ team. Destined to become Lil's most famous son, Kenny quickly proved himself adept at editing tape and producing humorous promos. In April 1965, he and Dave Cash began their hilarious daily Kenny and Cash Show which quickly achieved top ratings above all other pirate programmes. Kenny was frequently in trouble for his mischievous on-air send-ups of both commercials and sanctimonious religious broadcasts. By 1968, he was so infamous for receiving dismissals from various stations (usually followed by reinstatements), that his pals, the Beatles, recorded him a jingle about getting the sack. If Cuddly Ken had enjoyed creating outrageous characters such as Captain Kremmen for his radio shows, he had even more fun dressing up as them for his award-winning Kenny Everett Video Show (Thames TV) and Kenny Everett Television Show (BBC). Like so many talented people, Kenny's outwardly-extrovert manner concealed a troubled soul. Yet, it would seem that the man whose humour was admired by so many was finally at peace with himself when he succumbed to AIDS-related illness in 1995.

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Dave Cash (b Dave Wish) 18th July 1942 – 21st October 2016)
(Knees Club Member 10)

The Kenny and Cash Show, by Dave's own admission, kick-started his life in radio. The show was on Radio London for less than a year, yet its impact on broadcasting still resonates all these years later. After Lil's demise, Dave and Kenny revived the K/C Show on Radio One, (the first broadcast on Kenny's birthday, Christmas Day 1967) and again, when London's Capital Radio hit the airwaves in 1973. In a memorable 1974 April Fool's programme the jokers pretended to be back on board Radio London, complete with jingles and sound effects of 'the tender hitting the side'. Dave, who described his recording with Kenny of the Club Song Knees as "the most terrible single in the world", called his Big L '97 guest appearance, "The best three hours' broadcasting I'd done in thirty years."

Dave's final post in his 50-year broadcasting career was with BBC Radio Kent. He participated in the three offshore radio recreation broadcasts by Pirate BBC Essex, in 2004, 2007 and 2009. He also kept pretty busy with his writing career. Having published two novels set in the world of radio, he turned one into a screenplay for the first of them, 'All Night Long', which tells the story of a ficticious Sixties offshore station. (They say you should write about what you know...) Dave also compiled a number of CDs called The Dave Cash Collection penned his autobiography, called 'He Sounds Much Taller on the Radio'. Dave wedded his long-time partner Sara (aka Emily Kneemail) in December, 2011, in Florida. He died suddenly in October 2016.

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