London, UK (June 21, 2017)—BBC Local Radio, the BBC Asian Network and the British Plaque Trust recently announced 47 new blue plaques to commemorate people or places that have influenced the musical landscape across the UK.
The initiative was part of BBC Music Day on Thursday, June 15. Singers, musicians, song-writers, producers and broadcasters, as well as significant locations that played a major role in the UK’s musical heritage, were commemorated with plaques.
Those honored included David Bowie, broadcaster John Peel, Led Zeppelin and drummer John Bonham, and Delia Derbyshire, who composed the Doctor Who theme tune.
Bowie is the only artist to receive an unprecedented two plaques, one outside the former Trident Studios in London, where he recorded Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust and “Space Oddity,” and one in Kent. His backing band, The Spiders from Mars, comprising Mick Ronson, Trevor Bolder and Mick ‘Woody’ Woodmansey, was honored by BBC Radio Humberside with a plaque at Hull Paragon Station, the train station from which they left to first meet Bowie in the 1970s.
Locations receiving a plaque also included the Brighton venue where Abba won the Eurovision Song Contest, the Fox and Hounds in Caversham, where Lennon and McCartney played their only gig as The Nerk Twins, and the flat in West Didsbury, Manchester where Factory Records was founded.
The final list, covering a wide range of musical genres from pop, to rock, folk and classical, was based on suggestions from BBC Local Radio listeners and a committee of music industry experts and BBC representatives.
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