Little Richard at Lewisham Odeon (1963 and 1975)

American rock'n'roll legend Little Richard played in Lewisham on at leas two occasions.The first time was on 31 October 1963 as part of an amazing line up that also included the Rolling Stones, the Everly Brothers, and Bo Diddley. But on that Halloween night there were some famous or soon to be famous names in the audience ...

New Bowie Mural in Bromley

A new David Bowie mural was painted in Bromley shopping centre on Saturday, by Marvellous Murals. Bowie may have been born in Brixton, but he grew up as a Bromley boy, living in Canon Road, Clarence Road and then from 1955, 4 Plaistow Grove. He went to Burnt Ash Junior School then Bromley Technical High School ...

Where are we now? Bowie Tribute Nights at Ivy House and Amersham Arms

Various Bowie events coming up over next few days and weeks. Tomorrow night - Saturday 16th January - at the Ivy House (40 Stuart Road, Nunhead SE15 3BE) there's The David Bowie Spectacular Send Off. They say:  'Let's give our London boy the send off he deserves. It's simple: let's party to his tunes, have the ...

David Bowie’s Lambeth Murder Ballad

Tonight at at South East London Folklore Society, Paul Slade (author of 'Unprepared to Die') will be giving a talk on murder ballads'Cheerfully vulgar and revelling in gore, murder ballads are tabloid newspapers set to music, carrying word of the latest 'orrible murders to an insatiable public. Victims are bludgeoned, stabbed or shot in every ...

Music Monday: Major Tom in Deptford (or Greenwich?)

In 1969, David Bowie made a half hour promotional film called 'Love You Til Tuesday', featuring seven of his songs including the first version of 'Space Oddity'. The film was shot in January and early February 1969 at Clarence Studios. It wasn't released at the time but later saw the light of day when it ...

Eddie Mulholland – 1980s South London Photos

Some great 1980s London photographs at the Telegraph today, by their photographer Eddie Mulholland from his time at the South London Press back in the day.There's David Bowie on a visit to Brixton (presumably his childhood home in Stansfield Road)...The last days of Peek Freans biscuit factory in Bermondsey (it closed in 1989)...And this one ...

Billie and Bowie Murals – Nunhead and Brixton

A new mural featuring Billie Holiday has popped up in Nunhead - there was previously a photograph of her in the window of that shopfront at 40 Nunhead Green.Also took this photo in Brixton last week of the David Bowie mural on the side of Morley's department store. Painted by James Cochran (JimmyC) last year ...

Lou Reed in Greenwich 1972

So long Lou Reed (1942-2013), coolest musician of the 1960s by a long shot (well along with the rest of the Velvet Underground anyway). Everyone knows that John Cale from the band went to Goldsmiths in New Cross, but Lou was always more New York. But of course there was a transpontine connection.In July 1972, with ...

Music Monday: Life on Mars (Bowie on the Beckenham-Lewisham bus)

'David Bowie: Five Years' was an interesting documentary shown on BBC2 at the weekend. Bowie must have one of the most documented lives of any musician, so I did wonder if there could possibly be anything new. But there was some great footage I hadn't seen before and some interesting interviews.His 1971 song 'Life on Mars' ...