Richard Pegue was a Chicago radio legend, spinning soul and R & B at WVON and other stations from the 60s on into the 00s. He also wrote dozens of commercial jingles, including some classics for Moo & Oink.

After I profiled him for the Reader, back in 1998, we’d meet from time to time just to shoot the breeze, and we were supposed to have breakfast on Saturday. We won’t be getting together after all. Richard Pegue died yesterday at 64 after suffering pains in his chest. Announcements will be forthcoming on his Web site.

Pegue was the son of a beautician and a Chicago Park District police officer killed in the line of duty in 1946. He met his destiny when his grandmother gave him a reel-to-reel tape recorder for his 11th birthday. I’ll miss Richard’s dry wit and good companionship, not to mention his radio shows. The man knew how to mix dusties like no one else. As I said in that profile, it was as though he could “merge past and present, taking his dancers back to the days when they were young and south-side soul ruled the world.”