Blue Plaque for alumnus Nick Drake

Friday, 16 June, 2017 - 11:00
Singer/songwriter/poet and Fitzwilliam College Cambridge alumnus Nick Drake

Blue Plaque marking where singer/songwriter, and Fitz alumnus (English 1967), Nick Drake grew up unveiled on 15 June as part of BBC Music Day.

Although many Blue Plaques have been unveiled over the past 150 years to commemorate a link between a location and a famous person or event, only a small portion of these have been music-related. It was for this reason that all 40 BBC Local Radio stations and Asian Network in England teamed up with the British Plaque Trust to celebrate more iconic musicians and venues.

The public were asked to submit nominations via the #LocalMusicLegends hashtag, and as a result 47 new historic Blue Plaques celebrating iconic musicians and venues were unveiled on Thursday 15 June as part of the BBC’s Music Day.

One such plaque was placed on a house in Tanworth-in-Arden (Warwickshire) where Nick Drake, the singer, songwriter, poet and Fitzwilliam College alumnus (English 1967) grew up after moving to England from Burma, where he was born in 1948.

Celebrations following the unveiling took place at the local pub ‘The Bell Inn’, where musicians Simon Fowler –Ocean Colour Scene frontman- and Scott Matthews paid tribute to Nick Drake by covering some of his greatest hits, broadcast live on the BBC West Midlands radio station. You can listen to the show here.

Other plaques commemorating David Bowie, Abba, Alfie Boe, Rick Parfitt, John Lennon and Paul McCartney were also unveiled on the day.

Commenting on the recognition, Katharine Parton, Fitzwilliam College’s Director of Music, said: “It’s wonderful to see Nick Drake’s unique contribution to twentieth-century music honoured with this enduring tribute.”


Photo credit: Trade ad for Nick Drake's compilation album 'Nick Drake'. In the public domain.


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Fellows in Article: 
Ms Katharine Parton