Kenny Everett was born Maurice James Christopher Cole on Christmas Day 1944 in Liverpool. He attended the same school as Mike Ahern and considered joining the church but his first job was in a bakery "scrapping the 'gunk' off sausage trays". With a passion for radio and playing around with tape recorders, he sent a tape of a home-made programme to the BBC. This interested the Corporation enough to invite him down to London and he was interviewed on the Home Service's Midweek programme. Kenny hoped it would lead to a job with the BBC but it did not. Instead he joined the new Radio London when it launched at Christmas 1964.
He chose his new name from that of the Hollywood actor Edward Everett Horton and both his own show and the double headed programme he co-presented with Dave Cash, The Kenny and Cash Show, won a massive following.