“In a corner of the morning in the past…”
As we move to the close of our 45th anniversary celebrations of one of Bowie’s most successful years, 1973, here’s how Christmas in Bowie World was marked back then.
The UK album chart was dominated by Bowie during the last quarter of 1973, as were the end of year music press polls.
The image on the left was a record store flyer marking the success of RCA’s Bowie campaign since the release of Hunky Dory two years previously. It featured Terry O’Neill’s iconic shot of Bowie taken at The Marquee for the 1980 Floor Show in October.
The Bowie billboard picture was actually a real thing proudly looking out across London, with the message: “It looks like Christmas love on ya! Bowie”. A version of it was used in a Record Mirror advert at the time too.
A 1973 Christmas card sent to fan club members is reproduced on the right, with the message inside shown below.
So whether you celebrate it or not during the holiday season, have a cool yule either way.