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Credit for this entry to:
Bob Baker

Plaque: HMV store


363 Oxford Street - the world's most famous music store.
July 1921 - April 2000
Site of the original HMV store, opened by Sir Edward Elgar in July 1921, the HMV store shaped the way people bought music for nearly a century.
In 1962 it played a significant role in the career of The Beatles. A 78 RPM demo disc of the band was cut in the store's recording studio - this led to The Beatles' long-term recording contract with EMI.
Plaque unveiled by Sir George Martin CBE, 26 April 2000.

Chosen as the featured memorial in December 2004, for lots of reasons. Firstly, it commemorates, amongst others, the Beatles, which shows memorials don't have to be about stuffy history. Also, it illustrates the point that not all blue plaques are "blue plaques" (as installed by English Heritage). But really to commemorate Bob Baker who died in October 2004. A good friend for 30 years and fellow Londonophile, he helped us find memorials - we would have missed this one completely if Bob hadn't spotted it. But his real love was cinema - he had seen, and remembered, an awful lot of movies and was generous in his reviews and with his knowledge. Well-respected and widely published, including the Time Out Film Guide, his reviews and criticisms are his memorial.

Site: HMV store (1 memorial)

W1, Oxford Street, 363

Londonist draws our attention to some wonderful pictures of this store in the 60s at Voices of East Anglia.

The plaque can just be seen in our photograph of the building. It is at eye level at the very left of the building.

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HMV store

Information Subjects commemorated

The Beatles

George Harrison,  John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr.

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Sir Edward Elgar

Born in Broadheath, near Worcester.  First moved to London on his marriage in...

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original HMV store

Londonist writes: "The building was destroyed on Boxing Day 1937 and reopened...

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HMV store

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Sir George Martin CBE

Music producer. Born George Henry Martin in Highbury. He worked for the BBC's...

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