Roger Daltrey, lead singer of the Who, was made a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in the Queen’s New Year Honors List, made public Dec. 31.
Daltrey was recognized for his services to music and charity. He is the patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust charity, which has raised £2 million ($3.8 million) and for which the Who and many others have played benefit concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Pop producer Pete Waterman, best known as part of the erstwhile Stock-Aitken-Waterman production trio, received an OBE (Order of the British Empire). He has helmed more than 200 U.K. chart singles and currently runs music group PWL, which includes a label, recording studio and publishing division. He recently was a jury member on “Pop Idol.”
Welsh-born composer Karl Jenkins, formerly a member of 1970s jazz-rock experimentalists Soft Machine and successful in the 1990s with the Virgin classical crossover project Adiemus, also became an OBE.
Classical pianist John Lill, especially noted as an interpreter of Beethoven’s work, became a CBE, having previously been named an OBE for services to music in 1978.
There were also MBEs for veteran jazz journalist and author David Gelly and broadcaster Richard Astbury of BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Service), who has been a presenter on the network since 1969.
OBEs were created by King George V in 1917 to reward services to people helping the war effort. Nowadays, these honors are awarded mainly to civilians and public servants for service rendered to Britain.