David Bowie took glam rock to a new level!
David Bowie was an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer.
Bowie’s most well-known albums include Space Oddity, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, and Heroes.
Among his biggest hits, you’d find (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 his A&R man had been 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.
Starman – Chords & Guitar Lessons
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, the open position Gm chord.
Didn’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.
Go to Starman – Lyrics.