Calls to remember Big Boy Pete with a big blue plaque in Norwich
David BaleCalls have been made for a pop pioneer of the 1950s and 60s to be honoured with a blue plaque in Norwich.Earlier this month, a plaque was unveiled commemorating the Orford Cellar in Red Lion Street, Norwich, where stars including Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Eric Clapton and Rod Stewart played.David Bale
Calls have been made for a pop pioneer of the 1950s and 60s to be honoured with a blue plaque in Norwich.
Earlier this month, a plaque was unveiled commemorating the Orford Cellar in Red Lion Street, Norwich, where stars including Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Eric Clapton and Rod Stewart played.
Now there have been calls for a plaque to mark the contribution of Norwich-born Pete Miller, 67, who was a member of Norwich bands The Offbeats and Peter Jay and the Jaywalkers.
He released one of the first English psychedelic songs Cold Turkey which placed his name in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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Mr Miller, who is still making music as Big Boy Pete, is known and loved in the United States and has his own recording studio in San Francisco.
Eric Kauschen, who runs Saundhaus Studios, also in San Francisco, put Mr Miller's name forward.
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'Surely Pete Miller deserves a plaque. Is anybody else from Norwich in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?' he said.
'He even put out an album entitled The Margetson Demos - 22, Margetson Avenue was his home in Thorpe St Andrew.'
The plaque commemorating the Orford Cellar, which stood in what is now the basement of Nando's restaurant, was one of 18 erected since February in the Timberhill and Elm Hill areas of the city by Norwich Heritage and Economic Regeneration Trust (Heart).
Another of the plaques - on the wall of the John Lewis department store in All Saints Green - remembers Norwich-born Pablo Fanque, the UK's first black circus owner who later became immortalised in the Beatles song Being For the Benefit of Mr Kite.
Heart has asked locals for suggestions of people, events and buildings to be commemorated on the plaques.
Sophie Cabot, engagement manager at Norwich Heart, said: 'We always welcome suggestions from the public about which people, events and places they would like to see commemorated in blue plaques.
'Following the installation of the Pablo Fanque and Orford Cellar plaques, we've been told about Tony Sheridan, a singer-songwriter and guitarist who was an early collaborator of The Beatles.
'It's really interesting to hear about more musical and rock and roll connections in Norwich and we will be looking into how best to celebrate and promote them.
'As it emerges that there is a group of rock and roll people connected to the city, it might be more suitable to do something like a trail or guided walk which brings this all together for people to explore.'
She said Heart was developing plans to roll out such projects to other parts of Norwich and was looking for funding. The criteria for a blue plaque include the importance of the person, event or place commemorated; the strength of their connection to Norwich or contribution to its heritage; likely interest from the public; the suitability of a site for the plaque; the number of plaques already in the area; and the availability of funding.
If anyone knows of any other notable rock and roll connections from Norwich's past they would like Heart to research, contact Sophie Cabot on email@example.com or 01603 305573.Which long forgotten Norwich figure do you think deserves a blue plaque? Ring reporter David Bale on 01603 772427 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.