Tony Blackburn, 77, says he has only slept four hours a night for 43 years

Tony Blackburn, 77, says he has only slept four hours a night for 43 years


Tony Blackburn, 77, says he has only slept four hours a night for 43 years

Legendary radio DJ Tony Blackburn says that the last time he slept more than four hours a night was after a jet ski ride back in 1977

Tony Blackburn insists he only sleeps for four hours a day – but that is enough to keep him going.

The legendary DJ cannot get the recommended eight hours a night and he can’t even get his four hours in a row and has to take naps when he can.

The last time Tony slept for more than four hours was back in 1977 after a vigorous jet ski.

He said: “I sleep for about four hours a day but not necessarily on the trot, I don’t know what it is, I’ve always been like that.

“I did once have a really good sleep … I used to do a lot of jet skiing and water-skiing and I remember one day it was that wonderful summer we had and I went on the jet ski with a friend of mine for about seven or eight hours and I got home and I slept for about nine hours and I woke up and I felt fantastic. That was in 1977 but since then I haven’t slept very well.”

Although he is in his late Seventies, Tony has no plans to retire even if the BBC would like him to.

He said: “I become 78 next year, an official vinyl record, but I couldn’t retire. I really couldn’t retire, as much as the BBC would like me to I just will not retire.

“My secret plan is to never die and so far it’s going quite well.

“I love the job and I feel very happy to be doing it. There are times where I get really annoyed when somebody tells me you can’t do this or can’t do that. I hate authority to be honest with you, I don’t like authority a great deal, I’m not very good with it but I’ve learned to live with it.”

Speaking in an interview on YouTube, Tony also confessed he didn’t initially want to be a radio DJ and set his heart on being a talented singer.

He said: “I always wanted to be a singer actually, and to be honest, I still do. I made 29 singles and two albums and none of them sold, but I was a trier.”

He added: “I read an advertisement in the New Musical Express that wanted DJs for Radio Caroline and I applied and I went to Caroline House and got the job and I’ve been talking rubbish since to be honest.