Saturday, 9 April 2016

#plaque366 The Bee Gees


April 2016 is Music Month on The Daily Constitutional!

A London commemorative plaque for every day in 2016. 


The plaques are selected from all walks of life, and all points of the London compass – and I'm taking requests too!

DROP ME A LINE or leave a comment below if you'd like to nominate a plaque for inclusion in the series




Commemorating The Brothers Gibb, Brook Street W1




Is there another plaque in London that is shared out between three brothers? The Bee Gees are, these days, respected elder statesmen of popular music. In a recording career spanning more than 50 years they have undergone various changes of fortune: chart stars of the late 60s, a brief period in the early 70s doldrums was followed by international superstardom thanks to the their soundtrack to the John Travolta classic Saturday Night Fever. Another period in the critical wilderness saw them come back in the late 90s with their One Night Only tour – has any act in the history of pop music endured and overcome so many ups and downs? On the way they’ve outsold almost every act on the planet (including the Rolling Stones) and had five UK No.1 singles.


The track I've chosen to go with this plaque is 1968's I Started a Joke





… a song absolutely emblematic of the Bee Gees story. A slice of baroque pop at the height of psychedelia and the birth of rock – wildly out of step with the critics. But the Bee Gees always stuck to their guns. The lush arrangement and epic melody are unashamedly commercial and the result is a 60s pop classic.


Something a little more 60s-whimsical can be found on the B-side (the single was never released in the UK) which goes by the very London title of Kilburn Towers…



The Bee Gees plaque can be found in Brook Street here…









With the launch of The Rolling Stones Walk on the 5th May 2016 and the return of the Rock'n'Roll London Pub walk on Wednesday nights from the 4th May 2016 the London Walks summer programme 2016 will feature no less than FIVE regular musical-themed walking tours.


To mark the occasion, April is Music Month on The Daily Constitutional!


A month of plaques, locations, facts, reviews and more lies ahead. And I'm compiling the Ultimate London Playlist – get in touch with your favourite London song or piece!




A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.









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