Pete Tong

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Peter Michael Tong
Profile:
Pete Tong (b. 30th July 1960, Dartford, Kent) is a notable British DJ, electronic dance music producer, and promoter. He's best known as a long-running host of The Essential Mix and Essential Selection shows on BBC Radio 1 and the founder of FFRR label. In 2014, Tong got appointed as MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for his broadcasting and music services.

From 1979 till 1983, Pete Tong worked for Blues & Soul magazine, initially as an advertising sales assistant, but subsequently publishing reviews and contributing to editorial. Tong then became an A&R manager at London Records. Through his work at the label, Peter got his first exposure to the emerging sounds of "house music" imported from overseas. In 1986, he co-organized Various - The House Sound Of Chicago, an iconic LP/CD compilation licensed from D.J. International Records that became one of the first notable releases to present the 'Chicago house' genre to the UK audience.

Pete Tong began his performing career as an amateur disc jokey, initially at local events. He was inspired and significantly influenced in his formative years by DJ Froggy. Tong first appeared on the radio in the late 1970s, originally at local stations, such as Radio Invicta. In 1981, he debuted with a 15-min section covering the dance music industry's latest news on Peter Powell's show at BBC Radio One. He began his Friday evening show, the "Essential Selection," in January 1991.

The artist's name became part of the viral, tongue-in-cheek expression, "it's all gone Pete Tong" (where Pete Tong is rhyming slang for "a bit wrong"). Purportedly originating from Paul Oakenfold's '87 article 'Bermondsey Goes Balearic,' which came out in Boys Own fanzine published by Terry Farley and Pete Heller, it inspired an eponymous 2004 film It's All Gone Pete Tong, a mockumentary about a fictitious DJ who started losing hearing at the career's peak. Pete Tong had a brief cameo in the film and appeared on the soundtrack by Graham Massey.

From 2003 to 2007, Pete Tong was the resident DJ at Pacha Ibiza nightclub in Spain, returning in 2011 with a regular event All Gone Pete Tong. He also started a radio program under the same title in the United States on iHeartRadio's "Evolution."

Father of Joe Hertz (2) and Becky Tong.
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Albums

Pro-500039-2 Selections From Essential Mix — Pete Tong Pete Tong Selections From Essential Mix(CD, Promo, Smplr) London-Sire Records Pro-500039-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
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none Harry Brown (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) — Pete Tong Martin Phipps, Ruth Barrett, Paul Rogers, Pete Tong Martin Phipps, Ruth Barrett, Paul Rogers, Pete Tong - Harry Brown (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(CD, Promo, Smplr, Dig) Cutting Edge Group none US 2009 Sell This Version
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5713311 Classic House — Pete Tong Pete Tong With The Heritage Orchestra Conducted By Jules Buckley Pete Tong With The Heritage Orchestra Conducted By Jules Buckley - Classic House (Album) UMC 5713311 Australasia 2016 Sell This Version
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none Ibiza Classics — Pete Tong Pete Tong With The Heritage Orchestra Conducted By Jules Buckley Pete Tong With The Heritage Orchestra Conducted By Jules Buckley - Ibiza Classics (Album) Polydor, UMC, Universal Music On Demand none Europe 2017 Sell This Version
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00602577266881 Chilled Classics — Pete Tong Pete Tong & Her-O* Pete Tong & Her-O* - Chilled Classics (Album) Polydor, Universal Music On Demand, UMC 00602577266881 UK 2019 Sell This Version
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none The Annual 2021 — Pete Tong Pete Tong The Annual 2021(13xFile, AAC, Mixed, 320) Ministry Of Sound none UK 2020
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Singles & EPs

VAR004 The Calling — Pete Tong Pete Tong & Steve Mac present Lingua Franca Pete Tong & Steve Mac present Lingua Franca - The Calling(12") Variation Recordings VAR004 UK 2004 Sell This Version
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SAVED002 More Intensity — Pete Tong Pete Tong & Chris Cox Pete Tong & Chris Cox - More Intensity Saved Records SAVED002 UK 2005 Sell This Version
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none Deep End — Pete Tong Pete Tong & Chris Cox f/ SK8 (2) Pete Tong & Chris Cox f/ SK8 (2) - Deep End Rise none US 2005 Sell This Version
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RENX050DJ Wonderland — Pete Tong Pete Tong & Superbass Pete Tong & Superbass - Wonderland (Single) Renaissance RENX050DJ UK 2007 Sell This Version
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BED013 January 1EP — Pete Tong Pete Tong & Samy Chelly Pete Tong & Samy Chelly - January 1EP(CD, EP) Bedroom Bedlam BED013 UK 2009 Sell This Version
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SUARA146 The Bumps — Pete Tong Pete Tong & John Monkman Pete Tong & John Monkman - The Bumps Suara SUARA146 Spain 2014 Sell This Version
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PETS041 Hear Me Now — Pete Tong Tong* / Flynn* / Rogers* Tong* / Flynn* / Rogers* - Hear Me Now(12") Pets Recordings PETS041 Poland 2014 Sell This Version
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none Your Love — Pete Tong Pete Tong with The Heritage Orchestra & Jules Buckley Pete Tong with The Heritage Orchestra & Jules Buckley - Your Love (Single) Universal none UK 2016
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none Lola’s Theme (Radio Mix) — Pete Tong Pete Tong Feat. Cookie (4) Pete Tong Feat. Cookie (4) - Lola’s Theme (Radio Mix)(File, AAC, Single, 256) UMC none UK 2017
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none Sing It Back (Todd Edwards Remixes) — Pete Tong Pete Tong With The Heritage Orchestra Conducted By Jules Buckley Feat. Becky Hill Pete Tong With The Heritage Orchestra Conducted By Jules Buckley Feat. Becky Hill - Sing It Back (Todd Edwards Remixes) (Maxi) UMC none UK 2017
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none Killer — Pete Tong Pete Tong With The Heritage Orchestra Conducted By Jules Buckley Feat. Seal Pete Tong With The Heritage Orchestra Conducted By Jules Buckley Feat. Seal - Killer (Single) UMC none Europe 2018
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none Symphony Of You (Loods Remix) — Pete Tong Pete Tong & HER-O* Ft. Boy George Pete Tong & HER-O* Ft. Boy George - Symphony Of You (Loods Remix) (Single) UMC none UK 2019
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none Pete Tong + Friends: Ibiza Classics — Pete Tong Pete Tong, Jules Buckley Pete Tong, Jules Buckley - Pete Tong + Friends: Ibiza Classics (EP) Ministry Of Sound none UK 2021 Sell This Version
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Compilations

none Clubber's Guide To... Ibiza — Pete Tong Judge Jules + Pete Tong Judge Jules + Pete Tong - Clubber's Guide To... Ibiza(CD, Comp, Promo, Smplr) Ministry (Magazine) none UK 1998 Sell This Version
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none Pete Tong's Essenchill Ibiza — Pete Tong Pete Tong Pete Tong's Essenchill Ibiza(CD, Comp, Enh, Mixed, Promo) Bigtime.tv, Evening Standard, London Music Network none UK 2004 Sell This Version
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MBB 9743 Pure Pacha Vol. II Summer Season 2005 — Pete Tong Pete Tong With Special Guest Star Sarah Main Pete Tong With Special Guest Star Sarah Main - Pure Pacha Vol. II Summer Season 2005(2xCD, Comp) Pacha Multimedia MBB 9743 Argentina 2005 Sell This Version
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88883798812 The Pete Tong Collection — Pete Tong Pete Tong The Pete Tong Collection (Comp) Sony Music 88883798812 UK 2013 Sell This Version
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WMTV240 Pete Tong Classics — Pete Tong Pete Tong Pete Tong Classics (Comp) Warner Music TV WMTV240 UK 2014 Sell This Version
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none Pete Tong Evolution Beatport Show(CDr, Comp, Transcription) Premiere Networks, iHeart Media none UK Unknown Sell This Version

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zangief_pilam

zangief_pilam

August 13, 2003
People might say he lacks style, but this is the man to get you dancing. Saw him opening for Chemical Brothers and Oakey at Cow Palace in SF in 2002 and he got my feet moving. Kinda on the dark funky side at first and then he made us explode with Sasha's Remix of Purple, yes that's right! His Essential Mix Release of 2001 is not too bad either by the way.
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