The late David Bowie has been honored with three blue music plaques around the UK in locations including Hull, Soho and Maidstone as part of BBC Music Day.
The plaques signify tributes to all those who have sculpted Britain’s musical culture and Bowie is certainly one of those people.
Bowie recorded The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and Hunky Dory at Trident Studios, in Soho, where one of the plaques has been placed. All three locations were significant in Bowie’s life and musical career. The Royal Star Arcade in Maidstone, where Bowie regularly played in his early years, was given a plaque. The Paragon Station in Hull also received one where Bowie’s backing band, the Spiders from Mars, originate from.
The blue plaque was unveiled at Trident Studios by David Bowie’s fellow singer-songwriter and long-term friend Billy Bragg along with designer George Underwood. When speaking at the unveiling Bragg said “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.”
George Underwood said “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.”
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