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February 1970: Pop singer David Bowie at the 'Disc and Music Echo' Valentine Awards ceremony at the Cafe Royal in London.

Fifty years ago today (July 11), David Bowie released his breakout song “Space Oddity,” and truth be told, the world was never the same.

The iconic track signaled an imminent changing of the guard in music, and while the wonder that was Ziggy Stardust was a couple of years away, this was Bowie’s first “giant leap for mankind,” if you will.

Take a look at the video below of a rare early television performance of “Space Oddity.”  The musical subject of Major Tom may have been a clue as to what was to come, but who would’ve thought this lovely man in the peach bell bottoms would soon become the “leper messiah?”

DAVID BOWIE - First TV appearance 1970 - SPACE ODDITY

Although he released an album and numerous singles earlier, David Bowie first caught the eye and ear of the public in the autumn of 1969, when his space-age mini-melodrama "Space Oddity" reached the top five of the UK singles chart.

Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.