Thursday 15th June is BBC Music Day, a UK-Wide annual celebration of music that aims to unite communities and generations through their passion and love of music.

For this day, all 40 BBC Local Radio stations and Asian Networks in England have teamed up with the British Plaque Trust to unveil 47 historic Blue Plaques commemorating people or places that have influenced the music landscape across the country.

A blue plaque is a permanent sign installed in a public place in the United Kingdom and elsewhere to commemorate a link between that location and a famous person or event, serving as a historical marker.  These particular music related plaques are being awarded due to nominations by BBC local radio listeners.

Blue Plaques are footprints of our history, commemorating those who excelled in their particular field
-Mike Read, Trustee of the British Plaque Trust


Among these is a blue plaque to be unveiled for Status Quo’s Rick Parfitt in Woking, Surrey. This is particularly incredible news to us here at R&R as we have a very close connection to Rick, what an honour!



Status Quo’s Rick Parfitt performing with son Rick Parfitt Jnr and the RPJ Band

It is hugely prestigious to receive a British Plaque Trust Blue Plaque, usually only around two are awarded each year,” said David Holdsworth, controller of BBC English Regions. “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.”

Other inspirational musicians that are being honoured with Blue Plaques this year include; David Bowie, John Peel, Abba, Alfie Boe, Sandy Denny, Buddy Holly & The Crickets and many more…