Pop guru picks up his OBE

POP Idol judge Pete Waterman was due to collect an OBE from the Queen today.

The record producer and songwriter turned TV panellist made his name as one-third of hit-makers Stock, Aitken and Waterman. They guided Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Rick Astley and Bananarama to the top of the charts in the 1980s, and helped create some 200 hit singles.

Commenting on his OBE, which was awarded for services to music, he said: "I’m shocked, staggered and speechless."

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