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Bob Dylan makes disc jockey debut
Bob Dylan
Dylan's weekly show airs on Wednesday in the US
Music legend Bob Dylan has embarked on a new career, by becoming a regular DJ on US satellite radio service XM.

The 64-year-old singer is presenting Theme Time Radio Hour, an hour-long mix of songs based around a central theme.

The first show featured songs inspired by the weather and performed by Jimi Hendrix, Judy Garland and Muddy Waters.

Listeners found the icon in uncommonly chatty mood, commenting on Dean Martin, the weather in "windy city" Chicago and Hendrix's "gentle side".

"Into each life some rain must fall," he remarked at one stage. "Trouble may be waiting along the way."

He signed off with the words: "Until next week, you are all my sunshine.

"If you think the sun is too hot, just remember - you don't have to shovel it."

'Hand-selected'

According to Lee Abrams, chief creative officer at XM, Dylan has "complete creative freedom, both musically and in terms of what he says".

The first show premiered on Wednesday on XM's Deep Tracks Channel.

"A lot of my own songs have been played on the radio, but this is the first time I've ever been on the other side of the mic," said Dylan last year.

According to the station, Dylan will not play his own material on the show but "music hand-selected from his personal collection".


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