On This Day In Music: David Bowie Releases Space Oddity

On July 11, 1969, David Bowie released Space Oddity, a matter of days before Apollo 11 set off for the moon. With Rick Wakeman of Yes contributing Mellotron, the iconic song, which detailed the mission of Major Tom, was recorded at London’s Trident Studios and included on Bowie’s second album. The single reached #1 after being re-released in 1975, while astronaut Chris Hadfield paid tribute to Bowie with a rendition during his stay on the International Space Station in 2013.

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