Remember Wynwood

I can never forget Wynwood:

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Wynwood monsters

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memories of the ’80s – Dancing in the Street (Bowie & Jagger)

BowieJagger DancingInTheStreet.jpgA 1960s civil rights pop song became an ’80s dance song from an unlikely duo of David Bowie and Mick Jagger: Dancing in the Street.

Written by Marvin Gaye, William Stevenson and Ivy Jo Hunter, the song was recorded by Motown girl group Martha and the Vandellas, who had a top five Billboard hit and made the song part of their performance repertoire.

Covered by The Mamas and the Papas, The Grateful Dead, The Kinks and Van Halen, in 1985, David Bowie and Mick Jagger decided to record the ’60s song as a fundraiser for the charitable event Live Aid.

The original idea was to have each performer on the different stages to sing the song live, but the half second delay would have made it difficult. Jagger flew to London to record the song with Bowie, who was in the studio working on the soundtrack for the film Absolute Beginners.

In 13 hours, performers, musicians and studio engineers completed production on the single, and EMI released the song in August 1985, after the concert. It went top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and to number one in the UK.

The accompanying music video which was campy and irreverent, was filmed on the Docklands in London and was shown twice during the Live Aid concert as a preview of the song’s release. ┬áLive Aid raised over $200 million for famine relief in Africa.


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Wynwood elephant

Behind the fence in Wynwood:

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memories of the ’70s – Starman by David Bowie

StarmanUK.jpgFor fans of David Bowie, 1972 was a memorable year for the release of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars and its first single: Starman.

Recorded in 1971, the album was almost finished when Bowie wrote Starman, the last track to be added to the album, after RCA executive David Katz heard the demo.

A simple song, Starman was recorded with Bowie, Mick Ronson, Trevor Bolder and Mick Woodmansey, with several rock critics finding glam influences from fellow Brit T. Rex in the gentle pop rock song.

Released in February 1972, Starman was Bowie’s first hit single since 1969’s Space Oddity and played well into the concept of the album, with Ziggy as the messenger of the Starman, and not an extraterrestrial.

The first of Bowie’s songs to ever chart on the Billboard Hot 100, the first single from the Ziggy Stardust album was a gentle rise on the charts and helped radio airplay prior to the release of the album in June 1972.

But it was July 1972 that solidified Bowie’s (and Ziggy Stardust) presence with the British public after his appearance on Top of the Pops. Performing Starman, Bowie and his band in Ziggy Stardust character became one of the most talked about performances of the year.

Appearing on several Bowie compilations, Starman has always been one of the most popular of Bowie’s singles and in 1999 was chosen as one of the 100 most significant singles ever by Q Magazine.


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Help one another

Super buddha in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District:

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Wynwood ladies

Bold and blue ladies of Miami’s Wynwood Arts District:

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