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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.