Bromley's David Bowie honoured with BBC commemorative blue plaque
PUBLISHED: 11:17 14 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:17 14 June 2017
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The plaque will be outsife Trident Studios in Soho where the singer recorded albums Hunky Dory and The Tise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust
The British Plaque Trust and The BBC announced today, June 14, 47 new blue plaques commemorating people or places that have influenced the musical landscape across the country.
BBC Radio London’s blue plaques will commemorate David Bowie and Emile Ford.
The blue plaque honouring David Bowie will go outside Trident Studios in St Anne’s Court, Soho where Bowie recorded the albums Hunky Dory and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust.
BBC Radio London presenter, Robert Elms, said: “David Bowie is one of our most shining sons, and it is fitting that we should honour him here in Soho, the centre of our creative world.”
Mike Read, chairman of the British Plaque Trust said: “A blue plaque is a recognised symbol of our national heritage, a visible milestone in our history which serves as a permanent reminder of who we are, where we’ve been and what we’ve achieved. The British Plaque Trust commemorates notable people from all walks of life who have made an important contribution to the history of our nation. We are delighted to have worked with the BBC towards Music Day 2017 for the last six months, making it possible to add deserving local music legends to the footprint of British history. “
The plaques will be unveiled on tomorrow, June 15.
Bowie’s will be unveiled by singer songwriter Billy Bragg with guests including photographer Terry O’Neill and Bowie’s friend George Underwood.
The David Bowie plaque will be unveiled at 6.45pm.
He receives the commemoration after nominations were gatered from BBC Radio listeners. The final nominations went to a committee of music industry experts who then chose Bowie to be a final choice.
Bowie, who came from Bromley, died from cancer on January 10 2016.
During his lifetime, his record sales, estimated at 140 million worldwide. In the UK, he was awarded nine platinum album certifications, eleven gold and eight silver, releasing eleven number-one albums.