Chicago D.J. Dead

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- An iconic Chicago disc jockey who toured with the Beatles and interviewed scores of legendary musicians has died.

Jimmy Pearson Staggs was 72.

Staggs used the truncated name Jim Stagg during his career on Top 40 radio. He died Tuesday at his suburban Chicago home from complications of esophageal cancer.

Born in Alabama, Staggs was a fixture on WCFL-AM during the 1960s and 1970s with after-school radio shows called "Stagg Line" and "Stagg Starbeat" that appealed to teenagers.

During a stint touring with The Beatles in the mid-1960s, Staggs broadcast hourly updates on the Fab Four.

He left the airwaves in 1975 and opened a chain of suburban Chicago music stores.


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