David Bowie, who would have turned 70 last Monday, passed away one year ago today. The glam-rock trailblazer is famous for landmark contributions like Ziggy Stardust and Let's Dance, among many gems in the worlds of art, music, fashion and film. Nevertheless, the South London-born artist experienced his first commercial breakthrough in July 1969 with "Space Oddity." The song gave Bowie his first chart bow, cracking the Top 5 in the U.K. and the Netherlands, and its 1975 re-release took the singer to the top of the U.K. charts for the first time.
"Space Oddity," whose name alludes to the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, included production by Elton John collaborator Gus Dudgeon and contributions from top session players, including a future member of Yes and a former Jimmy Page bandmate. Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian to walk in space, taped a "Space Oddity" cover on the International Space Station, making it the first music video filmed in space.