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From the Beatles to Elton John: Oldest DJ's storied career

At a storied career spanning over 70 years in Hong Kong, Cordeiro has interviewed superstars including the Beatles and Elton John, as well as received an MBE -- an order of the British empire for outstanding achievement or service to the community -- by Queen Elizabeth.

Cordeiro, who holds the Guinness world record for the world's longest-working DJ, retired last month at age 96.

"I have been speaking all of my life about songs and all, and I'd never thought I would retire. I never thought I was getting older," he explained.

Cordeiro was born in 1924 at Hong Kong and is of Portuguese descent. His musical preferences as a child were affected by his brother who was 10 years old and gathered records from groups like the Mills Brothers and the Andrews Sisters.

Back then documents were breakable, Cordeiro said.

"When he's not home and I played with his records, I needed to be very, very careful, because if I broke it he'd get horribly mad," Cordeiro said.

In his childhood, Cordeiro worked as a warden at a local prison and a clerk with an HSBC bank. His love for music eventually led him to pursue a career in radio, where he joined people broadcaster Radio Hong Kong, today known as Radio Television Hong Kong.

It was during a three-month study class in London with the BBC in 1964 which Cordeiro landed the meeting which kickstarted his career -- with the Beatles, the biggest band on the planet at the moment.

He had a free time following the close of the course before he had to return to Hong Kong and didn't want to"sit around for two weeks doing nothing."

"I said, why don't I grab the odds of locating some peeps, some pop bands or singers I can interview and bring back (tapes) to Hong Kong," he said.

During those two weeks, Cordeiro traveled into places in which teams were doing and interviewed them afterward.

The Beatles had become exceptionally popular and Cordeiro wanted to interview them the maximum. Armed with a laptop and a pencil, he moved into the offices of the group's record label, EMI, to ask for a meeting with the group.

With a stroke of fortune, he had been advised to return the next day for a meeting, with EMI loaning him a tape recorder for it. He bought a magazine with a photo of the Beatles on the cover and took it with him to the interview, and got all the associates to autograph it.

"Altogether I have some 26 signatures of all the Beatles, and it is probably worth a fortune," he said.

The interview was brief because he didn't have a great deal of tape in the cassette recorder, but Cordeiro was able to spend some time with each member of the Beatles.

He later interviewed the Beatles again if they visited Hong Kong. The interviews took him to fame, and he quickly became Hong Kong's top DJ, armed with interviews that he had conducted in London together with all the popular music groups in the time.

"I had a career before this, because I was interviewing local pop stars, but when you compare them to the Beatles it is something quite different," he explained.

Since the city's most recognizable DJ, he also got to know other stars like Elton John and Tony Bennett.

Known for his deep, calm voice, flat cap and simple listening repertoire, Cordeiro garnered a loyal following of listeners who would tune in to his weekday radio show"All the Way with Ray," which ran from 1970 until a month.

"I fulfilled my own work as a DJ, did everything I needed to do and the crowd followed me, climbed up with me, plus they're all over the world now," he explained. "They're around and they still listened to me around the internet."

Asked if he were to do it all over again if he would pick being a DJ as a career, Cordeiro does not hesitate.

"I don't believe I have to really consider it, the solution is yes," he said.

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