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Today: David Bowie released Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars in 1972

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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
That weren’t no D.J.
that was hazy cosmic jive. 

- Starman

Ziggy the glam androgynous alien messiah fell to Earth, he changed Bowie from a prodigy to a superstar who transformed  music forever. His impact still lingers after 41 years and will continue to do so as long as there is music. No less.

My favourite Bowie album is Hunky Dory, but Ziggy sure comes close.

Ziggy Stardust – Dunstable June 21, 1972:

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (often shortened to Ziggy Stardust) is a 1972 concept album by David Bowie, which is loosely based on a story of a fictional rock star named Ziggy Stardust. It peaked at number five in the United Kingdom and number 75 in the United States on the Billboard Music Charts. A concert film of the same name directed by D.A. Pennebaker was released in 1973.

The songwriting, the singing and Mick Ronson’s guitar playing are all factors that makes  this record a true classic. Here is an incredibly good documentary from BBC, telling the story of Ziggy Stardust:

  • In 1987, as part of their 20th anniversary, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it #6 on “The 100 Best Albums of the Last Twenty Years.”
  • In 1997, Ziggy Stardust was named the 20th greatest album of all time in a Music of the Millennium poll conducted in the United Kingdom by HMV Group, Channel 4, The Guardian and Classic FM.
  • In 1998, Q magazine readers placed it at number 24 and
  • Virgin All-time Top 1000 Albums ranked it at number 11
  • in 2003 the TV network VH1 placed it at number 48.
  • It was named the 35th best album ever made by Rolling Stone on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
  • In 2000 Q placed it at number 25 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever.
  • In 2004 it was placed at number 81 in Pitchfork Media’s Top 100 Albums of the 1970s.
  • In his 1995 book, “The Alternative Music Almanac”, Alan Cross placed the album in the #3 spot on the list of ’10 Classic Alternative Albums’.
  • In 2006, the album was chosen by TIME magazine as one of the 100 best albums of all time.

David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust live 1973:

Set list
1. Hang on to yourself
2. Ziggy Stardust
3.Wathch that man
4. Wild eyed boy from Freeclou-All the young dudes-Oh you pretty thing
5.Moonage daydream
6. Space oddity
7. My death
8. Time
9. The width of a circle
10. Changes
12. Sufragette city
13. White light, white heat
14. Rock´n roll suicide

Starman:

Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars

 

Other June-06:

  • Transcendental Blues is an album released in 2000 by Steve Earle. It features Sharon Shannon on the track “The Galway Girl”. The album was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Contemporary Folk Album category.

    This album wil get it’s own post

  • Levi Stubbles (June 6, 1936 – October 17, 2008), better known by the stage name Levi Stubbs, was an American baritone singer, best known as the lead vocalist of the Motown R&B group Four Tops. He was also a voice artist, portraying villainous characters in films and animated television series, most famously having provided the voice of the alien plant Audrey II in the musical horror film Little Shop of Horrors, and Mother Brain in Captain N: The Game Master.

 

  • Stanley Getz (February 2, 1927 – June 6, 1991) was an American jazz saxophone player. Getz was known as “The Sound” because of his warm, lyrical tone, his prime influence being the wispy, mellow timbre of his idol, Lester Young. Coming to prominence in the late 1940s with Woody Herman’s big band, Getz is described by critic Scott Yanow as “one of the all-time great tenor saxophonists”. Getz went on to perform in bebop, cool jazz and third stream, but is perhaps best known for popularizing bossa nova, as in the worldwide hit single “The Girl from Ipanema” (1964).

 

  • Roy Rogers, born Leonard Franklin Slye (November 5, 1911 – July 6, 1998), was an American singer and cowboy actor, one of the most heavily marketed and merchandised stars of his era, as well as being the namesake of the Roy Rogers Restaurants franchised chain. He and his wife Dale Evans, his golden palominoTrigger, and his German Shepherd dog, Bullet, were featured in more than 100 movies and The Roy Rogers Show.

Rogers’s nickname was “King of the Cowboys”.

- Hallgeir

Sources: Allmusic, Wikipedia, David Bowie Enyclopedia

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