David Bowie to be honoured with two blue plaques

14th Jun 17 | Entertainment News

Late music icon David Bowie is set to be honoured with two commemorative blue plaques later this week (beg12Jun17).

The Let's Dance singer, who passed away in January (16), will be remembered with a plaque at Trident Studios in central London, where he recorded famous 1970s albums The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars and Hunky Dory. Another will be placed at the site of The Royal Star Hotel in Maidstone, Kent, where he used to play with his short-lived band The Manish Boys before it was turned into a shopping arcade.

His backing band The Spiders From Mars will also receive a blue plaque at Hull Paragon station, where they took the train to meet the rocker in the 1970s.

The historical markings will be unveiled on Thursday to celebrate BBC Music Day, with Billy Bragg presenting Bowie's London plaque and Manish Boys founder Bob Solly and former The Clash drummer Topper Headon unveiling the Kent one.

Bowie is only musician to receive two plaques as part of the BBC Local Radio, the BBC Asian Network and the British Plaque Trust's initiative to commemorate people or places that have influenced the musical landscape across the country. They have selected 47 plaques based on listeners' suggestions and the decision of a committee of music industry experts.

A blue plaque will be unveiled at a Berkshire pub where John Lennon and Paul McCartney played their only gig as The Nerk Twins, and another for late Motorhead rocker Lemmy at Port Vale football club, which has adopted Ace Of Spades as its unofficial anthem. Swedish pop group ABBA will be honoured at the Brighton venue where they won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, while late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham's plaque will be unveiled at his childhood home in Redditch, England.

Other notable deceased recipients include Pink Floyd's founder Syd Barrett, The Who founder John Entwistle, Status Quo's Rick Parfitt, Buddy Holly, and Delia Derbyshire, who composed the theme tune of TV show Doctor Who.

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