David Bowie honoured with blue plaque outside Trident Studios
BBC Music Day initiative gives recognition to the spot where 'Hunky Dory' and 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust' were recorded in the early 1970s.
BBC Local Radio and The British Plaque Trust have unveiled a new BBC Music Day Blue Plaque in honour of David Bowie outside the former home of Trident Studios in London.
Bowie recorded the albums Hunky Dory and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust at the studios in St Anne's Court, Soho in the early 1970s.
The move was made as part of BBC Music Day on Thursday 15 June, a UK-wide annual celebration of music that aims to unite communities and generations through their love of music.
Bowie’s plaque – one of 47 new ones to commemorate people or places that have influenced the musical landscape across the country – was unveiled by singer-songwriter Billy Bragg and Bowie’s lifelong friend, painter and designer George Underwood, who was behind some of the star's album covers.
“David Bowie was the greatest of the London boys that came out of the '60s. In 1971 he turned into something strange and curious – Ziggy Stardust. It’s great to commemorate this spot with a blue plaque, so that everyone who loves these records can gaze up in wonder at Trident Studios,” said Bragg.
Underwood added: “I remember going in and out of Trident Studios when David was recording, as he often liked company in the studio. Knowing David he would be pleased about the plaque, but he would also make a witty remark about it! I’m sure he’d be very chuffed.”
Other individuals and locations to receive a blue plaque for BBC Music Day 2017 include the late broadcaster John Peel, electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire, the flat in West Didsbury, Manchester where Factory Records (Joy Division, New Order and the Happy Mondays) was founded and the Brighton venue where Abba won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974.