We’ve lost Charlie Gillett — longtime advocate-promoter-svengali of ‘world music’ … rock ‘n’ roll historian, and the supportive champion of so many different types of music. Not so much a gatekeeper as an enthusiastic enabler, Charlie helped so many careers and helped people get ‘heard’.
I loved his BBC show. You never knew what you’d hear, but he always brought such happy enthusiasm, respect and encouragement. It was infectious.
Charlie was a journalist, writer, and broadcaster who followed his passions, said Yes to the right things and, even more importantly, said No to the wrong things.
What an open person he was. Good on him. A loss.
Nice Guardian obituary by Richard Williams here.