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Today's song of the day is Space Oddity by David Bowie. Written and released in 1969 it was Bowie's first hit single and was recorded on the same day as the first moon landing July 20th 1969 and released the following month as a single. It is one of his most recognizable and popular songs. Let me know what you think.
Space OddityGround Control to Major TomGround Control to Major TomTake your protein pillsand put your helmet onGround Control to Major TomCommencing countdown,engines onCheck ignitionand may God's love be with you[spoken]Ten, Nine, Eight, Seven, Six, Five, Four, Three, Two, One, LiftoffThis is Ground Controlto Major TomYou've really made the gradeAnd the papers want to know whose shirts you wearNow it's time to leave the capsuleif you dareThis is Major Tom to Ground ControlI'm stepping through the doorAnd I'm floatingin a most peculiar wayAnd the stars look very different todayFor hereAm I sitting in a tin canFar above the worldPlanet Earth is blueAnd there's nothing I can doThough I'm pastone hundred thousand milesI'm feeling very stillAnd I think my spaceship knows which way to goTell my wife I love her very muchshe knowsGround Control to Major TomYour circuit's dead,there's something wrongCan you hear me, Major Tom?Can you hear me, Major Tom?Can you hear me, Major Tom?Can you....Here am I floatinground my tin canFar above the MoonPlanet Earth is blueAnd there's nothing I can do.Major Tom, mentioned in this song, is a fictional character created by David Bowie for this song in 1969. There are sequels about the character: "Ashes to Ashes" and "Hallo Spaceboy".David Bowie was inspired to write this song after seeing Stanley Kubrick's film "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968). And "Space Oddity" is a play on the phrase "Space Odyssey". He explained in a 2003 interview with Performing Songwriter, "It was written because of going to see the film "2001", which I found amazing. I was out of my gourd anyway, I was very stoned when I went to see it, several times, and it was really a revelation to me. It got the song flowing."David Bowie's second album released in 1969 was originally titled "David Bowie" in the UK (released by Philips) and "Man of Words/Man of Music" in the USA (released by Mercury), but it was renamed after this track for its 1972 re-release by RCA Records.When Elton John performed his song "Rocket Man" during a show at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles on the 13th of January 2016 (three days after David Bowie's death), he included some fragments of this song in an extended piano improvisation played as an intro to his song. John dedicated that improvisation to Bowie.This song is included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.This song is featured in the film "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty".