by Matt Auckland Tuesday 31 December 2013 1:06
DJ/Producer and Radio 1 presenter Pete Tong, has been award an MBE for his services to music and broadcasting. He joins Norman Jay MBE as the only other professional club DJ to be honoured by the Queen.
Pete Tong began his DJ career after leaving school in the late 1970's. He earned his reputation as a DJ by spending hours in records shops, hunting down the hottest new tunes often months before fellow DJs.
After building a following playing underground Jazz, Funk and Soul, Pete became a staff writer for Blues & Soul Magazine, later being promoted to features editor. Then in 1983 he left Blues & Soul to join London Records as an A&R manager, and it was here where he was exposed to the newly emerging Chicago House music scene.
In 1991 Pete joined BBC Radio 1 presenting a new Friday night dance show, the now world renowned, Essential Selection. Fast-forward to April 2013, when together with the BBC he celebrated an outstanding two decades at the station.
In a statement released today the 53 year old DJ said "It's great to receive this honour for being a DJ. I'm proud that it acknowledges a profession that I care about a great deal, and one that's made a huge impact around the world,"
"I'd like to thank BBC Radio 1 for its unerring commitment to dance and electronic music and for supporting and encouraging me for over two decades." he said.
He added "I'd like to thank all the club promoters in the UK and around the world for their passion and commitment to putting on amazing events and the artists, producers and DJs that have been making and innovating with the music. This wouldn't have happened without so many great tunes. Finally, to my family and team who have supported me on this journey in so many ways - thank you."
I would like to add my congratulations to Pete, a worthy honour for a dedicated and exceptional man.