➤ Six things some people might not know about Bowie

David Bowie, Mick Ronson, Ziggy

Ziggy shocker: Bowie goes down on Mick Ronson’s guitar in 1972

NME, 29 Sep 2010 WHAT MORE IS THERE TO SAY ABOUT BOWIE? To coincide with this week’s release of the mega-superduper collectable special edition 3-CD box set of Station to Station, an NME photo gallery of the godlike one reveals 50 things it thinks we don’t know about Bowie and here are five of them…

❏ A teenage Bowie was interviewed on a BBC programme as the founder of The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Long-haired Men. He complained: “It’s not nice when people call you darling and that.”

Peter Frampton, Herd, Face of 68,

Bowie’s best friend: Herd guitarist Peter Frampton, hailed by Rave as the Face of ’68

❏ Peter Frampton, of Baby I Love Your Way, was Bowie’s friend at school — his dad was head of the art department.

❏ Space Oddity gave Bowie his big break. This now-famous track was used by the BBC in its coverage of the moon landing in 1969. Bowie was practically unknown back then – the song became his first UK hit.

❏ According to a recent [? Jan 24] piece in The Observer, David Bowie’s iPod contains Lorraine Ellison’s Stay With Me, Dinner At Eight by Rufus Wainwright, and Gathering Storm by Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

❏ Below we see David Bowie at London’s Rules Restaurant, 1973, after receiving a presentation of six discs from RCA Records. The occasion? He had six albums in the charts that year.

David Bowie, Rules Restaurant, 1973, RCA Records, presentation

Bowie in 1973: bumper chart success

❚ HERE’S ONE OF OUR OWN: The boy wonder was profiled in 1967 by Fabulous 208 which tells us that at the age of 20 Bowie had already written more than 60 songs. Wowie!


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