Cambrian News photographer - John Morris owned the Aber Fishing Tackle Shop on Terrace Road

A popular Aberystwyth figure who was friends with some of the world’s biggest bands and was one of the town’s most well-known DJs has died aged 72.

Cambrian News reported “Tributes have been paid to John Morris, the owner of Aber Fishing Tackle Shop on Terrace Road, who passed away on Saturday morning.

Mr Morris, who had moved in famous musical circles during the ’60s and ’70s, had been suffering from diabetes and other health complications and had several extended stays in hospital.

Well-known as a DJ, he toured the country with Emperor Rosko in the 1970s and 1980s after helping launch the idea of the Radio 1 roadshow.

Mr Morris became a DJ after returning to Ceredigion in the 1970s from spending time in London where he made friends with the great and good of the British music scene.

He brought the roadshow to Aberystwyth every year and has worked with famous DJs including Dave Lee Travis, Noel Edmonds and Mike Reid.

His show was known as Spot on Disco, with Mr Morris himself becoming to be known as ‘John Spot-on’.

Ray Lovegrove, a roadie for the Kinks in the 1960s, said Mr Morris was a “larger than life character” who “will be dearly missed”.

“He and I had many escapades in the music biz and kept in touch until turn of the early 2000s,” he said in an online tribute.

“He spent a great deal of time with The Who and throughout his time helped many a struggling band.

“He even took Jimi Hendrix to Aberystwyth and came with me when Jimi and I visited the Aberfan disaster site.

“I’m sure Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey will have fond memories of John and his teal blue MGB Sports car.”

“I will always remember him as a generous guy” here.