John Lennon

Lennon's childhood home has a blue plaque

The legendary Beatle’s childhood on 251 Menlove Avenue in Liverpool carries a blue English Heritage plaque to commemorate him living there from 1945-1963 from the age of five.

A young Lennon spent the best part of his childhood at ‘Mendips’, residing there with his Aunt Mimi and her husband George Smith for a full eighteen years, only leaving the address when Beatlemania really started to take off with the release of Please Please Me and With The Beatles in 1963.

According to Paul McCartney, it was at Mendips that he and Lennon wrote ‘Please Please Me’, The Beatles’ first number one hit single. From that moment on, popular music would never be the same again.

The 1930’s style semi-detached house itself has been given the status of a Grade II listed building and is owned and maintained by the National Trust.

Location: 251 Menlove Avenue, Liverpool, Merseyside, England L25 7SA


Joe Strummer

Joe Strummer is fondly remembered by this plaque

Co-founder, guitarist and main creative force in seminal punk band The Clash alongside Mick Jones, Joe Strummer is one of the rock music’s most iconic and popular figures worldwide.

Born on August 21, 1952 in Ankara, Turkey as John Graham Mellor, Strummer moved around the world a lot as a kid as the son of a British diplomat and grew before he and his family settled in London in 1959.

The young Mellor quickly became besotted with music (particularly roots rock and reggae) and soon became a key figure in the nascent London punk scene with his bands the 101’ers and then massively successful The Clash. Known for his barking vocals, matter of fact, gritty songwriting and serious knack for a rollicking tune, he changed his name to Joe Strummer for his fruitful music career.

Strummer’s unexpected death in December 2002 from a heart attack led to a whole host of tributes and celebrations of his life. Not surprisingly, murals and painted tributes popped up around the world, as did this plaque in a plaza between Elgin Avenue and Walterton Road in London.

The plaque reads: In memory of a true roots rock rebel – Joe Strummer – 8.1952 -12.2002 – the future is unwritten – “No man born with a living soul can be working for the clampdown”

Location: Between Elgin Avenue and Walterton Road, London, England W9 3PE

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Johnny Cash

The legendary Johnny Cash sadly departed this world in September 2003 from complications related to diabetes, only a few short months after his beloved wife June Carter had died following heart surgery.

The Man in Black’s influence on country and popular music is incalculable; let us just say he is one of the most renowned country (and rock ‘n’ roll) icons the world has even known, and surely one of the coolest men who ever lived.

His deep bass baritone and incredible gift for storytelling and melody earned him a string of acclaimed albums and hits throughout a career stemming 5 decades. Many of his songs have since become country and rock standards (‘Ring Of Fire’, ‘I Walk The Line’ and ‘Jackson’ to name just three), and Cash’s thrilling live performances, not least his rebellious gigs at Folsom Prison and San Quentin, further helped develop his legend.

Not surprisingly, Cash’s small hometown of Kingsland, Arkansas in America’s south has seen fit to commemorate the country legend in several ways. One such way has been to create and place a plaque in the town.

The plaque, alongside a modest monument of a guitar and stars, is visited by committed Cash and country fans who make it to this sleepy part of America, whilst there is also a sign denoting Kingsland as the birthplace of Cash on the way in.

Location: Next to Kingsland Missionary Baptist Church, Kingsland, Arkansas, United States 71652