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John R

John R

Nashville, Tenn

John R was the on-air nickname for John Richbourg—the legendary DJ who played rhythm and blues on Nashville radio station WLAC in the 1950s and 60s. Later, Alan Freed and Wolfman Jack and others mimicked Richbourg's practice of using speech that simulated African-American street language of the mid 20th century. Most listeners thought he was black, but he was really a white theatre actor.