Industry figures, including former Radio 1 DJ Mike Read, gathered for the unveiling of the plaque. It reads: “This street was ‘Tin Pan Alley’ 1911-1992. Home of the British Publishers and Songwriters and their meeting place the Giaconda.”
British Plaque Trust Honours Tin Pan Alley For Its Songwriting and Publishing History
On April 6, the British Plaque Trust erected a Blue Plaque in London’s Denmark Street to mark the importance of what became ‘Tin Pan Alley,’ and its role in British publishing and songwriting.
Both the country’s leading music papers, Melody Maker and the New Musical Express, began there, while Tin Pan Alley Studios, Regent Sound and Central Sound gave many artists their first recording opportunities.
David Bowie, the Kinks, Black Sabbath and the Sex Pistols were some of the names who recorded here and were signed to Tin Pan Alley publishers.
This was also the area where Dick James Music, the company which signed Elton and the Beatles, was located.
Donovan unveiled the plaque at the Giaconda Café, where artists ranging from Elton to Jimi Hendrix, hung out. It was also a popular spot for group to form and for publishers to discover new writers.
Donovan gave a performance of Tin Pan Alley – “Where the words and music meet,” a song he had written for the occasion.