Esoteric London

No. 617: Oxford Street, W1

Posted in Lettering, London Music by esotericlondon on July 10, 2012

Foot Locker, 363 Oxford Street, London, W1. Photo © Roger Dean 2011

From the plaque attached to the wall of 363 Oxford Street, W1:

Site of the original HMV store

Opened by Sir Edward Elgar in July 1921, the

HMV store shaped the way people bought music

for nearly a century

In 1962 it played a significant role in

the career of The Beatles. A 78rpm demo disc

of the band was cut in the store’s recording

studio; this led to The Beatles’ long-term

recording contract with EMI

[ The HMV store closed in 2000 and the building is now home to a branch of Foot Locker. However, a little of the building’s history is recalled within the new companies logo with its homage to John Lennon’s eye wear. R.D.]

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  1. London Remembers said, on July 10, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    See the HMV store plaque at London Remembers: http://www.londonremembers.com/memorials/hmv-store


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