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Today in History (1969) David Bowie records “Space Oddity”

The English music legend records another masterpiece.

Photo via musicstack

Space Oddity is a song written and performed by English musician and composer David Bowie. It was inspired by Stanley Kubrick’sci-fi film 2001: A Space Odyssey, and is about a fictional astronaut named Major Tom who journeys into space and beyond.

On June 20, 1969, David Bowie recorded the song at Trident Studios in London, and was released as a single. Space Oddity became so popular that Bowie’s self-titled second album was renamed after it when the album was reissued years after.

Space Oddity won the 1969 Ivor Novello Award, an honor given by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors to musicians and composers for their exemplary work.

Curious? Watch the music video and listen to how the lyrics and musical arrangement blend into an award-winning masterpiece.

Video via youtube

So what do you think? Is it indeed a “Space Oddity?”

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written by jillytanrad


  1. guanatos


    my kid loves this song!

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  2. headlock


    @guanatos: parenting done correctly!

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  3. kscaramouche


    Bowie <3

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  4. mayeemayee


    Hahaha! @guanatos @headlock Better start 'em young~

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  5. guanatos


    @headlock @mayeemayee Yep! I even created a spotify list for him so he can grow up listening to "the classics" http://open.spotify.(…)cHyp12ud9Kw

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