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Roy Wood Honoured by University

Roy Wood has been honoured by the University of Derby.

The genius of the popular music world, originally from Birmingham, was at Derby recently to pick up his Doctor of Music degree.

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer, Roy first came to prominence as a member of The Move.

When this influential band broke up, he briefly joined colleague Jeff Lynne in forming the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), while at the same time setting up the band for which he is probably most famous, Wizzard.

Roy also made some astonishing one man recordings, including the amazing albums "Boulders" and "Mustard".

He features on bagpipes on some of the Louis Clark "Hooked On" records.

And every year he is heard for a few weeks throughout the land on his immortal "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day".

Interviewed on BBC TV, he said that of all the awards he has won over the last forty years, this is the one that means most.

Roy Wood now lives near Ashbourne.