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47 New Blue Plaques Unveiled Across Britain For BBC Music Day

by VVN Music

The Blue Plaque have been used in Britain since the mid-1800's to denote the locations of significant events in the lives of the famous and influential.

In a normal year, only two to a half dozen plaques are placed around the U.K. but, for this year's BBC Music Day (June 15), 47 new Blue Plaques saluting important locations and people in music, are being added to the British landscape.

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.”

Led Zeppelin are honored with two plaques including the location of their debut performance and the birthplace of John Bonham while three revolve around David Bowie

The new Blue Plaques:
  • Fox and Hounds Pub, Caversham - Venue of the only performance of John Lennon and Paul McCartney as The Nerk Twins on April 23, 1960
  • Mayfair Ballroom, Newcastle - Location of Led Zeppelin's U.K. debut on October 4, 1968. 
  • 84 Birchfield Road, Headless Cross - Birthplace of John Bonham
  • Trident Studios, London - Studio where David Bowie recorded many of his albums
  • Royal Star Arcade, Maidstone - Location where The Manish Boys (including David Bowie) played.
  • Hull Paragon Station, Hull, Yorkshire - Train station used frequently by the Spiders From Mars (Mick Ronson, Trevor Bolder, Mick "Woody" Woodmansey
  • Royal British Legion, Gloucester - Plaque saluting John Entwistle
  • The Square, Woking - Home of Status Quo's Rick Parfitt
  • The Brighton Dome - Venue where ABBA won the Eurovision song contest
  • University of Derby Art School - School that Kevin Coyne attended
  • Port Vale Football Club - Salute to Lemmy Kilmister whose Ace of Spades is used by the club
  • Far Leys - Location where Nick Drake grew up
  • Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University - Location where Syd Barrett went to art school
  • Beehive Cottage, Morton - House where Steve Marriott lived from 1968 to 1977
  • Byfield Village Hall - Location of Sandy Denny's last performance on April 1, 1978
  • The Globe, The Tees - Location where Bruce Welch and Brian Bennett wrote Summer Holiday for Cliff Richard and the Shadows
  • Three Tuns, Bishop's Castle - Location where Jeremiah Patrick ‘Jerry’ Lordan wrote Apache and other Shadows hits
  • The Buttery, North Kensington - Location of Emile Ford's performing debut
  • Birmingham - Plaque saluting Nusrat Feteh Ali Khan
  • Gaumont Theatre, Salisbury - Venue where Buddy Holly & the Crickets played on March 22, 1958
  • Blue Horizon Studio, Oxford - Studio used by Status Quo, XTC, Duran Duran, Radiohead
  • The Bamboo Club, Bristol - Venue where Bob Marley, Desmond Dekker, Percy Sledge, Jimmy Cliff and Ben E. King played
  • Watford Colosseum - Arena that saw performances by The Who, Robbie Williams and Oasis
  • Harbour Lights, Southampton - Venue where Jimmy Kennedy got the idea to write the song Harbour Lights
  • The Stables, Milton Keyes - Venue founded by Sir John Dankworth and Cleo Laine
  • The Guilderdrome, Boston, Lincolnshire - Dance venue where numerous big artists performed
  • Eric's, Mercyside - Club where the Clash, the Police, Ramones, Echo & the Bunnymen played
  • Alan Erasmus's flat, West Didsbury, Lancashire - Founding location of Factory Records
  • Marine Hall, Fleetwood, Lancashire - Location of first public performance of Alfie Boe
  • 104 Cedars Avenue, Coventry - Home of electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire
  • Aspatria Parish Church, Cumbria - Location of first professional performance of contralto Kathleen Ferrier
  • Leeds, Yorkshire - Birthplace of composer and conductor Angela Morley
  • Acorn Centre, Grimethorpe, Barnsley - Home of the Grimethorpe Colliery Band
  • The Shed, Brawby Village Hall, York - Home of theater that brought in world artists
  • Lincoln, Lincolnshire - Birthplace of Sir Neville Mariner
  • Church Langston Primary School, Leicester - Where Eric Pinkett founded the Leicestershire County School of Music and the Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra
  • Nottingham Theatre Royal - Location where contralto Constance Shacklock started her career
  • Norwich Arts Centre - "Britain's Best Small Venue" (NME)
  • The Control Room, Corn Exchange, Bedford - Location of one of seven "safe" performance areas for the BBC during World War II
  • Penzance - Home of singer and poet Brenda Wooten
  • The Ham - Home of the Sidmouth Folk Week Festival
  • Site of St. Julien's Theatre, Guernsey - Site where Domenico Eusanio Santagelo (1882-1970) composed the music for the island’s anthem Sarnia Cherie
  • Jersey - Venue where John Fry Lobb formed and conducted many choirs
  • East London - Plaque saluting Haroon Shamsher who fused Bengali music with soul
  • East London - Plaque for Saifullah 'Sam' Zaman (aka State of Bengel), DJ