I was born in New York City and earned degrees in History (Darmouth College, USA) and Philosophy, Politics and Economics (University College, Oxford).

Paul is currently presenting America's Greatest Hits on BBC Radio 2 and For One Night Only on BBC Radio 4. Other recent Radio 2 programmes have included Friday Night Is Music Night, The Class Of 2005, a series on the Four Tops and a Sony Award-nominated documentary on Johnny Cash. He hosted the BBC Jazz Awards 2005, uniquely broadcast on both Radios 2 and 3.

Until recently he prsented the Classic Countdown on Classic FM. He now presents Jazz 20 every saturday 10 am to 1 pm on Jazz FM (SKY Ch.917)


He appeared on BBC Radio 1 for 18 years, presenting the US Chart Show for most of that time, and at some point was a regular on each of the first four british terrestrial television networks.

Aretha Fraklin

Paul was the longest serving performer on breakfast television with his thirteen-year film review stint on first TV-AM and then GMTV.

His 1998 television appearances include Call My Bluff, Music for the Millenium and The South Bank Show, VH1.

Paul has been co-author of The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles and related titles with Tim and Jo Rice.  Combined sales of these volumes exceeded one and a half million copies.
Their 1998 book, with co-author Tony Brown, is The Complete Eurovision Song Contest Companion.

Paul MacCartney

Paul's own books include Love Letters, Radio Boy, Top 100 Albums, Track Records, The Biography of Paul MacCartney and Close Encounters.

Gambaccini co-authored Television's Greatest Hits with Rod Taylor, with whom he co-wrote and produced two BBC1 television series of the same name.  Taylor directed Paul's three series of The Other Side of the Tracks for Channel 4.

Elvis Costello

In 1995, Paul was named Philanthropist of the Year by the National Charity Fundraisers, for his work on behalf of the Terrence Higgins Trust.

He received the Outstanding Contribution to
Music Radio award from the Radio
Academy in 1996.  And has presented
the Ivor Novello Awards for 11 years.

Sightings in 2002-2003

Appeared in a few programmes for VH1.
Music broadcaster of the year at the Sony Radio Academy Awards 2000-2001.
Third year hosting the music manager Forum.
14th year running host of the Yvor Novello Awards.
4th year host of Sony Radio Academy Award.
6th year host of Music Industry Trust Man of the Year.
Concluded the Classic Countdown on Classic FM on the 21st of december 02.
What's going on BBC R2/Story of the charts on BBC R2, writer and presenter.
Appeared in Great Britons on BBC2 TV.
Appeared on Channel 4, 100 best selling singles of all time.
Interviewed for BBC Radio 4 Desert Island Discs and Paul selected: Rhapsody in Blue-Gershwin, My Girl-Temptation, At the Top-Danny and Juniors, Hallelujah, chorus from Messia, Great Piano concerto-played by Arthur Rubinstein, All the way-Frank Sinatra, And your Bird can sing-the Beatles (from Revolver), Tonight-West Side Story by Ferrante Ticher.
Hosted an evening of Remembrance for Aids victims at St John's Smith Square in London for the Terrence Higgins Trust.

Work in progress for 2003

Working on 2nd musical TV-22 with composer Olivies Davies