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Peel added to UK pop Hall of Fame
John Peel
John Peel died in Peru in October 2004 aged 65
Late DJ John Peel will be made an honorary member of the UK Music Hall of Fame, in a Channel 4 season that will also study his musical passions.

The BBC Radio 1 DJ will join musicians including Bob Dylan as new entries to the Hall of Fame, which honours outstanding contribution to music.

A live induction ceremony will follow John Peel's Record Box, looking at the singles that meant most to him.

The autumn season coincides with the first anniversary of Peel's death.

'Most important' figure

Entries to last year's inaugural UK Music Hall of Fame included Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Madonna and Robbie Williams.

This year's inductees will be selected by a panel of more than 60 artists, music journalists, broadcasters and music industry executives.

Broadcaster Paul Gambaccini said: "I am thrilled that my hero, mentor and friend, John Peel, has been named an honorary member.

"He was for many years the most important person in popular music in the western world."

John Peel's Record Box will look at Peel's eclectic tastes and tell the stories behind the records and the artists who created them.

The programme has been backed by Peel's family, with his son Tom Ravenscroft working as a researcher on the show.


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