July 11 will be the 50th anniversary of the 1969 premiere of “Space Oddity,” a composition from David Bowie which has since become one of the late music legend‘s most enduring classics.
To commemorate its special anniversary, Bowie’s camp has put together a new re-release package of the 7″ single, which will be officially released on July 12 and can be pre-ordered right now at this link.
SPACE ODDITY SINGLE IS NEARLY FIFTY – “Commencing countdown, engines on…” – As if you didn’t know, David Bowie’s 1969 breakthrough single, Space Oddity, is fifty on Thursday. What are your memories of the song from across the years? #SpaceOddity50 pic.twitter.com/pXjY1awBsa
— David Bowie Official (@DavidBowieReal) July 8, 2019
Per the item description:
Comes in a boxed set including a double-sided poster featuring an original “Space Oddity” print advertisement and a Ray Stevenson shot of Bowie taken on stage at the “Save Rave ’69” concert at the London Palladium on November 30, 1969, the backdrop featuring a N.A.S.A. astronaut. The set also includes an information card and a print featuring an alternative shot by Jojanneke Claassen from the “Space Oddity” promo single cover session.
The song, inspired in part by 2001: A Space Odyssey, was the first David Bowie single to chart in the United Kingdom, and really kickstarted his mainstream acceptance in a major way — so this is truly a special 50th anniversary!
More on the song’s legacy, via Bowie’s official site:
Over the past 50 years Space Oddity has been on a journey as long and as far as its main character, Major Tom. Originally written and demoed in November 1968, the song has gone through many guises from appearing in the filmed for television special Love You Til Tuesday in an earlier recorded incarnation with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson, to being recorded in Italian (Ragazzo solo, Ragazza sola), winning an Ivor Novello Special Award for Originality in May 1970, being Bowie’s first hit on both sides of the Atlantic (#5 in the U.K. in 1969, #1 in the U.K. in 1975 and #15 in the U.S. in 1973), having no less than three videos made for it and in 2013 was performed by Canadian astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield, while aboard the International Space Station, and became the first music video shot in space. Major Tom remained a motif for Bowie throughout his career revisiting the character in the songs Ashes to Ashes, Hallo Spaceboy and in the music video for ?.