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Peel doesn't appear to have spent much time in New York City during his years in the USA, and the city doesn't feature much in his writings or the anecdotes he told on-air. He spent 1966 living on the West Coast, and many of the American artists he championed during the early years of his BBC career came from Los Angeles and San Francisco. However, there were some exceptions, notably the Velvet Underground, whose music is said to evoke the violence and edginess of 1960s New York. In the 1970s the city became known as the birthplace of punk, and from then on more New York-based artists began to appear in Peel's playlists.
In summer 2000, Peel flew to America for the first time in 33 years to New York City with his wife Sheila, visiting amongst others the Chrysler Building, which John considered according to Margrave Of The Marshes, the most beautiful man-made object on earth. They also stood on an intersection a block off the East River watching the fireworks and spent an evening at Birdland celebrating the venue's importance in the history of jazz, before discovering that it was actually the third room to be called Birdland and jazz musician Charlie "Yardbird" Parker had never played there at all. Apart from the sightseeing, the couple paid a visit to Laura Cantrell in Greenwich Village, whom John proclaimed on his programme to be the best artist he had heard in ten years. After leaving New York, both went back to the UK on the QE2 cruise, sponsored by the Radio Times.
When 9/11 occurred in New York, Peel said on air that his first thought was for Laura Cantrell's safety, because she worked in the financial district worst affected by the attacks. Fortunately she was safe and after Peel's death, Laura Cantrell paid warm tributes to him on radio and in the press. She also dedicated her 2005 album Humming By The Flowered Vine to his memory.