The legendary Philly DJ Doug “Jocko” Henderson is best remembered for his DJ days on WDAS in Philadelphia. He was born on March 8, 1918 in Baltimore and started broadcasting in 1950 at AM daytimer, WBAL in Baltimore. About a half-year later, Jocko moved to Philadelphia, where he settled and raised a family. He started in Philly at WHAT Radio and moved to WDAS in 1953. “Jocko” Henderson was one of the great DJ’s and personalities to grace the Philadelphia airwaves. He blasted into orbit with his Rocket Ship Show with his fantastic rhyming patter referring to himself as the “Ace From Outer Space” – “Not the imitator …not the duplicator …but the ORIGINATOR!”
Yesterday, this post on WFMU’s Rock ‘n’ Soul Ichiban blog caught our attention and we were reminded once again of Jocko’s classic days on the airwaves of Philly. You can listen to an aircheck of Jocko in his prime here. Below, check out a video of Jocko from an appearance on the 1988 Grammy Awards (introduced by Billy Crystal as “the original rapper”) as well as a video of Jocko’s 1979 rare and long out of print disco single that he recorded at Philly International Records called “The Rocketship.” Jocko passed away in 2000 from cancer and diabetes at the age of 82.
Jocko Henderson, WDAS