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Category: David Bowie

1970 Rare Bowie ‘Blues’ Track

“At the start of 1969, [David Bowie] wrote ‘Space Oddity,’ a song that punctured the global mission for the Apollo moon mission,” Peter Doggett observed in his Introduction to 2011’s The Man Who Sold the World:  David Bowie and the 1970s — an analysis of Bowie’s songwriting, chronologically speaking, throughout

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“Kalimba Story”: Thumb Piano Pop

My first encounter with a kalimba, the African instrument (also known as a “thumb piano” or, more properly, mbira) was when I read the album credits for Space Oddity in my youth and learned that David Bowie played a kalimba on the title track, Bowie’s first American breakout hit (a.k.a.,

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Oh! Peter Noone, You Pretty Thing

When we last checked in with Peter Noone, he and his Hermits were gettin’ down at the natural history museum.  Three years later, interestingly enough, Noone would release the first version of David Bowie’s “Oh! You Pretty Things,” a song that would be included on Bowie’s 1971 album, Hunky Dory. 

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