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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

19th October 2003 David Blaine walks from his perspex box after 43 days without food.

19th October 1960 Born today: Dan Woody Woodgate, London, rock drummer (Madness)

19th October 1944 British premier Winston Churchill flies back to London from Moscow

19th October 1941 Born today: Simon Ward, London England, actor (4 Musketeers, 4 Feathers)

19th October 1911 Royal Mint in London sends dies for $1 coin to Ottawa Branch

19th October 1741 David Garrick appears on stage in West End for the first time, in the title role of Richard III.

Decca: Birth of Rock n roll



Decca: Birth of Rock n roll

Former home of Decca Records and the birth of British rock music

Location: 165 Broadhurst Gardens, NW6 3AX

Description: This building is now a rehearsal space for English National Opera.

From 1920 until 1980, however, it was owned by Decca Records and used as a recording studio by orchestras, West End shows and the big bands that provided the pop music of the day. Nothing remains of the recording equipment, but the internal layout of the building is intact.

Two large halls dominate the interior, and down the back stairs, at the end of a low corridor, stands the heavy, soundproofed door that still bears its nameplate from the Decca days: Studio Two.

It was in this room that Lonnie Donegan recorded Rock Island Line. The Beatles, the Stones, the whole supernova of the Swinging Sixties and their lasting effect on our culture can be traced back to that moment.

The skiffle boom faded as quickly as it appeared, but its ramifications echo down the decades. On July 6 1957, John Lennon met Paul McCartney at a church fete in Liverpool, where Lennon's school skiffle band, The Quarrymen, were appearing. McCartney was a member, along with George Harrison, of the Liverpool branch of the Lonnie Donegan Skiffle Club. They decided to write some songs together.

Almost every other British rock musician of the 1960s can trace their inspiration back to Lonnie Donegan and Rock Island Line.

The Decca audition is the name given to the now-famous Beatles audition for Decca Records at their Decca Studios in West Hampstead, north London, England, before they reached international stardom. Decca's decision to reject the group is considered to be one of the biggest mistakes in their history.

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Decca: Birth of Rock n roll

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