Thursday, June 15, 2017

David Bowie, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, John Peel & More Receive BBC Music Day Blue Plaques

David Bowie, John Peel, John Lennon and Paul McCartney are among many music stars honored with blue plaques for today's BBC Music Day.

To mark the occasion, the BBC’s local radio stations have unveiled 47 blues plaques across the country, signifying “locations that played a major role in our musical heritage.”

Bowie receives two plaques in total, one in Soho in London to mark where the artist recorded his albums Hunky Dory and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, and one in Kent to mark the formation of his early band The Manish Boys. Bowie’s backing band, the Spiders from Mars, meanwhile get a blue plaque in Hull.

John Lennon and Paul McCartney will be honored with a blue plaque at the venue that they played their only gig as a duo, billed as The Nerk Twins, at the Fox and Hounds in Caversham, Berkshire.

Other notable blue plaques include a Syd Barrett plaque in Cambridge, a plaque honoring Doctor Who composer Delia Derbyshire in Coventry, a Lemmy plaque in Stoke, a plaque marking the Manchester flat where Factory Records was founded and a plaque honoring John Peel in Suffolk.

BBC English Regions controller David Holdsworth says: “It is hugely prestigious to receive a British Plaque Trust Blue Plaque, usually only around two are awarded each year. To mark BBC Music Day across BBC Local Radio with 47 blue plaques is a fitting way to commemorate our listeners’ passion and pride for where they live and to celebrate our musical heritage.”