It was B.B.C. Music Day in the U.K. June 15 and it was marked by the unveiling of multiple Blue Plaques at places with musical significance.

The Blue Plaque have been used in Britain since the mid-1800s to denote the locations of significant events in the lives of the famous and influential. The Liverpool childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and the London flat lived in by Jimi Hendrix (previously occupied by composer Handel), are just some of the buildings marked in this way, and the Handel and Hendrix house even has its own tourism organisation:!

David Bowie

The system has recently been expanded, but 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.”

For rock fans, 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. He has been honoured with three plaques: in Soho, central London; Maidstone, Kent; and Hull.

Soho’s Trident Studios wasn’t just about Bowie, though. It shut its doors in 1981, after recording some of the biggest names in music including the Bee Gees, the Rolling Stones, Queen, Lou Reed and Frank Zappa; The Beatles recorded “Hey Jude” there in 1968.

The Trident Studios plaque was unveiled by Billy Bragg, and Bowie’s lifelong friend, painter and designer George Underwood.

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.”

In Hull, the task fell to Spiders from Mars drummer Mick “Woody” Woodmansey, who said he was “so proud” to be unveiling the plaque in this year’s City of Culture.

“The only downside is that Mick and Trevor couldn’t be standing here with me,” he said of his fellow bandmates. “We set off from Paragon station on lots of trips. I first met Mick here in 1968, I think it was. We hit it off, we formed a band, and … Bowie was smart enough to pick three lads from Hull to help him create what’s become one of his most iconic periods of music.”

Heddon Street in central London, where Bowie was photographed for the Ziggy Stardust cover, already has its own plaque.

Just some of the new Blue Plaques are at:

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.

Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University – Location where Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett went to art school.

Other plaques mark Steve Marriott’s old Essex residence, Sandy Denny’s final performance, “Britain’s Best Small Venue” (NME) at the fabulous Norwich Arts Centre, and at Port Vale Football Club – in remembrance of Lemmy, as the team’s theme is Motorhead’s “Ace Of Spades”! Lemmy and Co notably played the Heavy Metal show at Vale Park in 1981 (support from Ozzy Osbourne, Triumph, Mahogany Rush), which has became legendary.