January 12, 2016

An astronaut's tribute to David Bowie 1947 - 2016

Singer David Bowie's death (January 10, 2016) is tragic. He was comparatively young at 69.  Bowie followed no record industry marketing trends but remained a superstar since 1969 (Space Oddity) and then wrote and performed many more hits - with sharp changes in persona. He declined a Knighthood from the Queen in 2003.

With my interest in things military and technology Bowie's song "Space Oddity", better know as Ground Control to Major Tom,  is the most memorable. Here its sung by Bowie.

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield was/is impressed by the song and with Bowie's permission sung it while floating in the International Space Station in May 2013. I think Hadfield sings it well - not a case of "don't give up ya day job". Below is Hadfield's rendition - now a tribute to David Bowie.


Several hours ago (January 11 Northern Hemisphere time) Hadfield was interviewed about Bowie's passing. Here is the interview above.

"Space Oddity" was from 1969. But Bowie did much more. Goodbye Ziggy.



ONeil Padilla said...

This has nothing to do with Submarines but Bowie was a fucking legend and it's your blog so Well Said Pete, Well Said. :)

Peter Coates said...

Thanks ONeil Padilla :)

I only hope the greats like Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger don't follow Bowie too soon. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-12/david-bowie-tributes-flow-from-celebrity-friends/7083254



MHalblaub said...

The video by astronaut Chris Hadfield is great.

I will put record 1 side 1 on the turntable:
The first song is the demo version by David Bowie recorded in 1969.

I bought the box for about 5 DM during the CD hype ;-)

Peter Coates said...

Hi MHalblaub

There will certainly be a jump in Bowie CD, DVD and vinyl Record sales this week :)