John Cale and Graham Nash get OBEs in Queen’s Birthday Honours list

The veteran British rockers will be getting an invite from Buckingham Palace

Musicians John Cale and Graham Nash have both received an OBE in the Queen‘s Birthday Honours list.

The veterans, who both found fame in the ’60s and have gone on to have long careers, were on the list unveiled today (June 12).

Welshman Cale, 68, came to prominence in The Velvet Underground, and since leaving the band in 1968 he’s enjoyed a successful solo career, as well as producing the likes of Patti Smith, The Modern Lovers and Happy Mondays.


Nash, also 68, has been honoured on the Diplomatic And Overseas List with an OBE. Born in Salford, he found fame with The Hollies, before leaving the group in 1968, moving to Los Angeles and forming the massive-selling folk supergroup Crosby, Stills And Nash with David Crosby and Stephen Stills, later being joined by Neil Young.

Nash eventually became a US citizen. However, on getting the news of the honour, he told the BBC: “Everything I learned about being a decent human being I learned in England and I am grateful to be honoured by the country of my birth.”