Tributes paid to radio presenter and DJ Les Adams

Tributes have been paid to current United DJs presenter Les Adams who died suddenly yesterday.

Les became known as The Mixdoctor for DMC in the 1980s, and had stints at Radio Jackie, Solar Radio and Radio Luxembourg working with United DJs founder Tony Prince, who sent the following tribute to RadioToday:

“Les, known as ‘L.A.Mix’, died of a fatal heart attack after driving himself to hospital on Monday morning. He had suffered with heart problems for some time and was fitted with medical warning equipment which, on this occasion, had failed to turn red, the warning to call an ambulance.

Sadly his partner Jackie Davis was in Australia having only recently been driven to the airport by Les.

The previous day Les had attended a garden party for DJs and friends of UNITED DJ RADIO the new global streaming service featuring Les and 30+ colleagues, 12 of them broadcasting from different countries. Les had discussed the medical problems he was experiencing.

Les Adams, born on the 29th November 1955, became known as The Mixdoctor when DMC (Disco Mix Club) the revolutionary DJ record label was founded in February 1983. Prior to this he had produced me as Programme Director of Radio Luxembourg in my radio programme the Disco Mix Club Show.

Les became a premier producer of club music Mixes which DMC sold exclusively to DJs promoting the record labels and paying a royalty to the industry which it still does to this day under license from the PPL/MCPS in the UK.

In 1987 Les had his big hit ‘Don’t Stop Jammin’ under the name L.A.Mix a track he produced himself featuring his wife Emma. Later came ‘Check this Out’ and many remixes for other artists.

Les helped me pioneer mixing inspiring DJs around the world to become producers. He helped to judge the early DMC WORLD DJ CHAMPIONSHIPS and was to do so once again in London on 28th September this year.

It is now our intention to re-run Les’ shows for the foreseeable future in the same time slot, SUNDAY 21.00 – 23.00 BST – 16.00 Central 13.00.

The following was Les’ last message on social media:

“Just to let you all know I am fine and well and to thank you all for your wishes and concern. It seems a non-prescribed drug I took (legal) had a bad interaction with my heart medication causing my heart rate to rise dramatically which made me feel unwell and have palpitations.

The lesson learned is before you take something new, ask your doctor’s advice and always read the label and pamphlet of the new drug if you are on other medication. Sometimes certain drugs should not be taken together!

Heart rate back to 62 bpm and all is well. The only sadness in my life is that I took Jackie Davis to the airport this morning and she is now boarding this big Singapore Airlines bird which is taking her to OZ for a three and a half week holiday. Missing her already”.



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4 Comments
  1. Neal says

    Such sad news. All the true talent of radio leaving us well before their time. RIP Les what a pity we can’t put United DJ on all those Heart frequencies! What an education that would be for all those who think they are listening to brilliance but unfortunately are only listening to utter computerised dross!

    1. Martin says

      I agree 100% Neal, I’ve got a few mixes on vinyl from the Mix Doctor thanks to Les Adams for getting me interested in the genre. RIP Les

    2. leftfield lenny says

      So truly spoken Neal. If only we could!

  2. Tony King says

    I’m finding it extremely hard to write these words.
    The world of music has suddenly lost a true GENIUS.
    Les ‘The Mixdoctor’ Adams has passed away.
    To say that Les was an inspiration to me would be a massive understatement.
    If it wasn’t for his inspiration and help, I may never have had a career in the music business!
    As a young DJ (at the age of 15), I became a member of the Disco Mix Club. I couldn’t wait for the monthly DMC albums to be delivered every month.
    When I first heard those great Megamixes created by the likes of Les and Alan Coulthard, I just wanted to learn how to make them.
    Unfortunately, one of the main pieces of equipment needed to make those Megamixes back in those days, was a reel to reel tape machine.
    There was no way that I could ever afford to buy a professional reel to reel tape machine at that time.
    But, one month, in a magazine called MixMag which used to come with the DMC albums, there was a little classified advert from someone selling a Revox A77 tape machine for £250.
    The person who was selling it was Les Adams.
    I didn’t hesitate. I was straight on the phone to Les and arranged to go to his house to buy it.
    From that day on, I never looked back.
    I spent every hour of my life when I wasn’t working or sleeping, teaching myself the art of tape editing.
    I started doing little Megamixes for some of the old pirate radio stations that were around in those days.
    Then, one time, I took one of my little Megamixes to a place called PWL.
    Amazingly, Pete Waterman got to hear it, I got called in to meet him and I got offered a job there as a teaboy.
    The rest, as they say, is history.
    It would never have happened if I hadn’t seen that little classified advert and bought that machine.
    So thank you so much Les. You will be a part of my life forever.
    My thoughts and condolences go out to Les’s family and friends.
    Les will be sorely missed, but his legend will live forever.
    REST IN PEACE LES.

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