At Ronnie Scott’s: singer-songwriter Tim Arnold performing earlier this year
Published: 20 July, 2012
A MUSICAL tribute to Soho’s heroes stretching back 400 years has been released.
The “Soho Heroes” track has been recorded by singer-songwriter Tim Arnold.
Mr Arnold said he wanted to create a musical version of the blue plaque heritage scheme celebrating former tenants from Karl Marx to Derek Jarman to Paul Raymond.
The song includes the catchy line: “Vivian van Damm, Sheila van Damm and when will Westminster Council give a damn?”
Theatre impresario Vivian van Damm and motor car driver Sheila van Damm were former owners of Soho’s Windmill Theatre.
Mr Arnold’s mother, Gillian Arnold, aka Polly Perkins, was a Windmill Girl and he is the third generation of West End performers in his family.
His grandfather was a comedian at the Panama Club and an early promoter for Paul Raymond.
Lucian Freud, Keith Moon and Peter Cook are celebrated in the catchy song, alongside Mozart, William Hazlitt, Sid Vicious, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Paul Verlaine and Derek Jarman.
Mr Arnold, who also calls himself the Soho Hobo, said: “The song kicks its heels somewhere between Blur and The Divine Comedy – with its baroque pop feel.”