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Disc & Music Echo was a weekly music paper aimed largely at a teenage readership and was at the peak of its popularity during the heyday of pop singles in the mid-1960s. In spring 1966 it changed its name from simply 'Disc' to 'Disc & Music Echo', later to 'Melody Maker' from 1970. Disc was the first of the pop weeklies to refer to Peel and his show, in three issues in July 1967. Disc was more sympathetic to the pirate radio stations and DJs than some of its weekly rivals, which led to further mentions of Peel and his show in the period before Radio 1 began broadcasting. The paper became home to a Peel column for several years from 1968, when the DJ was becoming a fashionable and influential face on the pop scene.