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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd February 1982 Michael Frayn's Noises Off, premieres in London
23rd February 1981 Princess Diana moves out of her flat ahead of her announcement the following day.
23rd February 1973 Gold goes up $10 overnight to record $95 an ounce in London
23rd February 1950 Born today: Steve Priest, London, rock bassist (Sweet Hayes)
23rd February 1945 2nd Dutch govt of Gerbrandy forms in London
23rd February 1918 Magician Chung Ling Soo's Catch the Bullet With Your Teeth goes wrong and he is killed on stage.
23rd February 1910 George Bernard Shaw's Misalliance, premieres in London
23rd February 1895 Born today: Richard Goolden, London England, actor (School for Husbands)
23rd February 1886 London Times publishes world's 1st classified ad
23rd February 1817 Born today: George Watts, London, painter
23rd February 1792 Artist Sir Joshua Reynolds died in his house in Leicester Fields, London.
23rd February 1776 Born today: John Walter II, London, chief proprietor (The Times, 1812-47)
23rd February 1633 Born today: Samuel Pepys, London England, navy expert/composer (Diary, Memoirs)
David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust
This is the cover of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust.
Location: Heddon Street, Piccadilly, London
Description: The album cover of David Bowie's infamous 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy' Stardust and the Spiders from Mars was taken here on Heddon Street. Just go an stand outside in your Ziggy outfit outside number 23!
The Crown Estate, who own Regent Street and the surrounding area, are placing a plaque to commemorate the street corner location used to shoot the cover of Bowie's famous 1972 album in a spot that has become a pilgrimage for his fans (March 2012).
'It was cold and it rained and I felt like an actor,' Bowie recollected. 'We did the photographs outside on a rainy night and then upstairs in the studio we did the Clockwork Orange look-a-likes that became the inner album sleeve.'
The cover depicts 'Ziggy' outside on a cold wet January night with his foot resting on a step outside 23 Heddon Street.
The late Brian Ward had rented a space upstairs in the building as a makeshift photographic studio, and had already shot 17 pictures when he persuaded Bowie to step outside onto Heddon Street.
Tagged in this Tour: rock london
Tagged in this Tour: music
Tagged in this Tour: Libertines, Oasis, Alcohol.
Tagged in this Tour: London Album Covers Top 10
Tagged in this Tour: David Bowis's London Life