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6 July 1972, David Bowie appeared on the UK music show Top Of The Pops playing his new single ‘Starman’, his first hit since 1969’s ‘Space Oddity’ three years before. The single peaked at No.10 and stayed on the charts for 11 weeks. https://youtu.be/mYtRp9UNx8Y DAVID BOWIE – Starman (TOTP) Qué decir? Preciosa y bella melodía, […]

3 July 1973, After 182 Ziggy Stardust concert performances, David Bowie announced he was about to retire from live performing, although it eventually transpires that the stage persona is being retired and not Bowie himself. Only his guitarist Mick Ronson knew about the announcement, which came as a complete shock not only to the audience […]

20 June 1969, David Bowie recorded 'Space Oddity' at Trident Studios London. The track went on to become a UK No.1 when re-released in 1975. Written about the launch of Major Tom, a fictional astronaut; Bowie would later revisit his Major Tom character in the songs 'Ashes to Ashes', 'Hallo Spaceboy' and 'Blackstar'. https://www.thisdayinmusic.com/li…/david-bowie-space-oddity/ David […]

16 June 1972, David Bowie released his fifth studio album The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars a concept album telling the story of a fictional bisexual alien rock star named Ziggy Stardust. The album which reached No.5 in the UK and No. 75 in the US has been consistently […]

12 June 1970, David Bowie released the single 'Memory of a Free Festival', which featured guitarist Mick Ronson and drummer Mick Woodmansey's studio debut with Bowie's band, bringing together the line-up that would shortly record The Man Who Sold the World. The track also featured Marc Bolan on lead guitar and backing vocals. https://youtu.be/J2t_dL_snBA Memory […]

30 May 1987, David Bowie kicked off his 87-date Glass Spider world tour at the Feyenoord Stadium, Rotterdam, Holland. The tour's set, described at the time as "the largest touring set ever," was designed to look like a giant spider. It was 60 feet (18.3m) high, 64 feet (19.5m) wide and included giant vacuumed tube […]

21st May 1983, David Bowie went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Let's Dance', featuring blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. It was Bowie's first single to reach number one on both sides of the Atlantic. The music video was made by David Mallet on location in Australia including a bar in Carinda in […]

Classic album for today: David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars. Do you have a favourite track from this album? https://www.thisdayinmusic.com/classic-albums/david-bowie-the-rise-and-fall-of-ziggy-stardust-and-the-spiders-from-mars/ David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars David Bowie’s landmark 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy […]

5th May 1973, David Bowie scored his first UK No.1 album when Aladdin Sane started a five-week run at the top, featuring the single ‘Drive In Saturday’. The follow-up to his breakthrough The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, the name of the album is a pun on “A Lad […]

David Bowie released 'Starman' as a single in the UK, which became his first hit since 1969's 'Space Oddity' three years before. The song was a late addition to the album The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars included at the insistence of RCA’s Dennis Katz, who heard a demo […]


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