The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars entered the Kent album charts on 18 September 1972 and peaked at #11.
Australian singles chart:
Starman entered the Kent charts on 14 August 1972 and peaked at #37.
Ken Scott, David Bowie
Record label of Australian release:
BONUS CLIP BELOW: Ziggy Stardust from Bowie’s documentary and concert film Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Wikipedia – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars:
Described by some as a “loose concept album” or a rock opera, Ziggy Stardust concerns Bowie’s titular alter ego Ziggy Stardust, a fictional androgynous, bisexual rock star who is sent to Earth as a savior before an impending apocalyptic disaster. In its story, Ziggy wins the hearts of fans but suffers a fall from grace after succumbing to his own ego. The character was inspired by numerous musicians, including singers Vince Taylor and Iggy Pop. Most of the album’s concept was developed after the songs were recorded.
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rise_and_Fall_of_Ziggy_Stardust_and_the_Spiders_from_Mars
Songfacts – Starman:
Starman forms part of the Ziggy Stardust story, in which the end of the world lingers just five years away. This song tells of a salvation waiting in the sky, as revealed through Starman’s messenger, Ziggy Stardust. The song is told from the perspective of a person listening to Ziggy on the radio.
Bowie was influenced by the song Over The Rainbow, which is most obvious during the chorus (“There’s a Starman…”).
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/david-bowie/starman
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Ziggy Stardust from Bowie’s documentary and concert film Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
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