David Bowie Biography

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David Bowie

David Bowie was an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer.

Bowie’s most well-known albums include ‘Space Oddity’, ‘Hunky Dory’, ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars’ and ‘Heroes’.

His biggest hits include ‘(Is There) Life On Mars?’, ‘Starman’, ‘Ziggy Stardust’, ‘Let’s Dance’, ‘China Girl’ and ‘Heroes’.

Also active on the silver screen, David Bowie acted in Labyrinth, Zoolander, The Prestige and Basquiat where he played Andy Warhol brilliantly well.

Starman – One of many hits from the legendary Ziggy Stardust Album!

‘Starman’ is a single from David Bowie’s legendary album ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars’.

Initially, Bowie didn’t want the song on the album. He had wanted a cover by Chuck Berry to be included instead but his A&R man insisted that ‘Starman’ was a hit.

When it reached number #10 in the charts, helping to push the album to #5, it was clear that his A&R man was right.

‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars’ was a concept album. It dealt with all things a rock star can come across, from excessive drug intake to fans ultimately destroying their star.

Inspiration has been cited from various artists but it is perhaps Jimi Hendrix who was the clearest influence on the fictional ‘Ziggy’.

The first session of the album started only weeks after ‘Hunky Dory’ ended, making it two legendary releases in a row.

The two albums made David Bowie one of the biggest rock stars of the early 70s.

Both the album and the songs from it have been included on many ‘greatest ever’ lists since its release, always ending up in the top 50.

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Starman – Guitar Lesson

There are some very unique chords played in ‘Starman’, the Bbadd#11 being what stands out the most.

‘Starman’ is in the key of F and there are more little odd movements than the Bbadd#11 to discover.

For example, I’ve even managed to sneak in an open position Gm chord into this one guitar arrangement.

Go to video lessons: Starman chords.

Starman – Lyrics

StarmanDidn’t know what time it was and the lights were low
I leaned back on my radio
Some cat was layin’ down some rock ‘n’ roll, ‘lotta soul he said
Then the loud sound did seem to fade
Came back like a slow voice on a wave of phase

For complete lyrics, go to Starman lyrics.

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