July 6, 1972 ~ Bowie appears on the BBC’s Top of The Pops. It’s not his first time but it’s the first time for Ziggy Stardust. A raised eyebrow and a look straight into the camera and for the rock n’ roll soul of the audience watching on TV it was all over. Bowie — and Ziggy — had arrived.
The Thin White Duke releases the concept album of all concept albums on June 16, 1972.
It’s #35 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and has been elected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the United States National Recording Preservation Board, which designates it as a sound recording that has had significant cultural, historical, or aesthetic impact in American life.
It was hard to stand in the spotlight with David Bowie, but guitarist Mick Ronson did so more than admirably. Along the way, he worked with stars including Elton, Lou Reed, even John Mellencamp — and deeply influenced rising artists like Morrissey and Def Leppard. A tribute to his all too short career.
It’s a pretty mind-blowing to think all of these artists sat in the same studio over the years, never mind that they were being recorded. The list can be overwhelming; That’s why we’ve chosen a few highlights to share below, including Bowie in 1972, The Cure in 1979, Nirvana in 1991, Joy Division in 1979, Bikini Kill in 1993, and Can in 1975.