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Pete Tong

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    Meet Pete Tong. His career mirrors the story of dance music over the last 25 years... He has an "Essential Selection," radio show on BBC Radio One.

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    He was born in Kent, England in 1960.

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    Pete Tong played drums in a school band before he began DJing.

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    Towards the beginning of his career he DJed at weddings and parties.

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    Pete Tong was the A&R representative at London Records.

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    He has released multiple collections with his mixing skills, such as four volumes of the "Dance Nation" series.

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    Pete Tong has been on BBC Radio One for 20 years.

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    Pete Tong loves listening to ABBA!

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    His phrase, "It's all gone Pete Tong," has become English rhyming slang for "it's all gone wrong."

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    He founded the label, FFRR Records which stands for Full Frequency Range Recordings. This electronic music label was closed for quite a few years, but was recently re-launched in a partnership with Warner Music U.K. in 2011.

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    Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys is one of Pete Tong's favorite albums.

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    Pete Tong, knowing the Ibiza club scene like the back of his hand, has launched a new weekly event called "Le Grand Bazaar," at Ushuaia nightclub in Ibiza.

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    Led Zeppelin's "Good Times Bad Times" made Pete Tong want to play the drums.

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    Pete Tong met the Queen at a gathering of hers in Buckingham Palace in 2005.

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    Pete Tong is a huge fan of the soccer (or as the English would say, football) team called Arsenal.

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    He has a movie named after him! The 2004 film It’s All Gone Pete Tong is a film which centers around a fictional DJ’s experiences.

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    Pete Tong was involved in organizing the International Music Summit which is thought to be one of the most important music industry gatherings in the world, with conferences and forums held in Ibiza and used to kick off the Ibiza season.

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    In 1986 Tong created a compilation album called The House Sound of Chicago Vol. 1 to expose more people, in England specifically, to this genre of house music.

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    Pete Tong helped launch iHeartRadio’s EDM channel, Evolution. He also has a nightly two hour show called It’s All Gone Pete Tong.

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    He has compiled movie soundtracks for films such as The Beach and Human Traffic.

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    In 2011, Tong got a restraining order against British singer/songwriter Shara Nelson, as she harassed him with nuisance phone calls and claimed she was his wife and manager.

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    Pete Tong is often thought of as the global ambassador for electronic music.

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    Pete Tong views DJing as a way to empower other artists.

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    Pete Tong was responsible for signing Run DMC to London Records and, after starting his own record company, he signed Salt 'N'Pepa who released their hit "Push It."

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