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Last Updated: Wednesday, 21 September 2005, 14:30 GMT 15:30 UK
Tribute CD unites Peel favourites
John Peel
John Peel was one of the UK's best-loved and most influential DJs
John Peel is to be remembered with a compilation CD featuring 40 of his favourite acts as the first anniversary of the broadcaster's death approaches.

Artists on the double album will range from Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie to The Smiths and Blur.

It will be released on 17 October, four days after BBC Radio 1's John Peel Day, when more than 300 gigs around the world will be dedicated to the late DJ.

Peel suffered a heart attack in Peru on 25 October 2004.

Tracks on the CD will span Peel's whole career, starting with Lonnie Donegan, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Pink Floyd and The Doors.

The Ramones, The Clash, Joy Division, New Order and The Undertones will represent the punk and post-punk eras.

'Carefully vetted'

Recent artists donating tracks include PJ Harvey, Pulp, Belle & Sebastian, Super Furry Animals and Orbital.

Record company Warner Strategic Marketing said the project had been "carefully vetted" by Peel's widow Sheila and their four children.

"A wonderful tribute to John and his music. This is only the tip of the iceberg of the bands and music he championed," the family said in a statement.

A portion of profits will go to charities including the Salvation Army, East Anglia's Children's Hospices and the Kariandusi School Trust.

New Order, The Fall and Super Furry Animals will play a tribute gig at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall on 12 October, a day before John Peel Day.

Dizzee Rascal, Bloc Party, KT Tunstall and Royksopp will be among the acts to dedicate gigs to the DJ on John Peel Day.

Guitar legend Jeff Beck, New Order's Peter Hook and The Futureheads will also record a cover version of The Buzzcocks' Ever Fallen In Love as a tribute single, according to Radio 1.

Peel was regarded as one of the UK's most influential music broadcasters, championing a huge array of new and alternative talent during his 40-year career.

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