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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
26th April 1976 Neil McCallum, actor (Pete-Saber of London), dies at 45
26th April 1973 2 Gentlemen of Verona, musical opens in London
26th April 1947 Bless the Bride musical opens in London
26th April 1934 The Prince Albert, Duke of York (later King George VI) was married to Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (later The Queen Mother) in Westminster Abbey.
26th April 1928 Madame Tussaud's waxwork exhibition opens in London
26th April 1921 Born today: Harry Knutton, Maj-Gen/dir-general (London City and Guilds Institute)
26th April 1915 Italy secretly signes Pact of London with Britain, France and Russia
26th April 1890 Henry Morton Stanley inaugurated in London
HMV's first Celebrity Opening
HMV's first store in London, and first celebrity opening.
Location: 363 Oxford Street, W1Y
Description: The first HMV was opened at 363 Oxford Street in 1921 by composer Sir Edward Elgar.
This was the first known instance of a celebrity opening a retail outlet, and Edward seemed as good as any.
Customers had to make appointments and were received in 'salons' to listen to the latest releases...now that is rather civilised.
Later in 1961, the Beatles cut their first demo at the in-store studio, but alas by 2000, the Beatles were no more and nor was this pinnacle store. It moved three doors down to 360 and this legendary location became a Footlocker of all things! Will they never learn...
Tagged in this Tour: The Beatles take London
Tagged in this Tour: The Ultimate Beatles Tour