The long-serving BBC Radio 2 presenter died "peacefully at home" with his wife by his side.

Young was one of the original Radio 1 DJs when the station launched in 1967. He moved to Radio 2 in 1973.

Born in Gloucestershire, England, he signed to Polygon Records in 1950 alongside Petula Clark, after serving in the Royal Air Force, and released the 1951 hit Too Young. He also recorded two duets with Clark, Mariandl and Broken Heart.

He signed to Decca in 1952 and enjoyed a string of hits with records like Chain Gang and More, and versions of Unchained Melody and The Man from Laramie.

Young would later turn his back on a recording career to become a DJ and he joined the BBC after a spell with Radio Luxembourg.

He retired from broadcasting in 2002.

Among his claims to fame, Jimmy Young interviewed every British Prime Minister from 1964 to 2010.

Young wrote a weekly column for the Sunday Express newspaper until November, 2014.