“There’s a sailor who sings”
On September 1 1972, RCA issued the non-album track, John, I’m Only Dancing, as a 45 in the UK. The, at the time, controversial suggestions made by the lyric made the record unsuitable for an American release.
The single entered the UK Top 30 at #30 on September 23, the same week that the Ziggy Stardust album peaked at #6 and the same week that Mott The Hoople’s rendition of the Bowie-penned All The Young Dudes left the UK Top 10 singles chart, having reached #3 a couple of weeks earlier.
Bowie had little time to celebrate the UK’s appreciation of all things