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The Who drummer given blue plaque

Keith Moon and his blue plaque
Keith Moon joined The Who in 1964

A blue plaque in honour of The Who drummer Keith Moon has been unveiled at a London ceremony attended by his old bandmate Roger Daltrey.

It was put up on the site of the Marquee Club in Soho, where in 1964 the band played the first of 29 gigs there.

Fans on scooters turned up to pay tribute to Moon, who was 32 when he died of an accidental overdose in 1978.

The blue plaque, which means the site is of historic importance, was awarded by the Heritage Foundation.

Moon's family were present at the ceremony on Sunday along with Bee Gees musician Robin Gibb, the current president of the Heritage Foundation.

English Heritage is the main organisation which gives blue plaques in London, but it turned down the application for one in Keith Moon's honour.

It said not enough time had elapsed to allow him to be judged alongside his peers.

But David Graham, trustee of the Heritage Foundation, said: "He was one of the great drummers of that era, it was right we celebrated him."

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