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"Lady Grinning Soul" (Bowie): Song from ALADDIN SANE (1973). The song is generally credited as being written about American black soul singer Claudia Lennear for whom Mick Jagger also wrote "Brown Sugar."


La Roche, Pierre: Bowie's personal make-up artist from The House of Arden. It was La Roche who applied the lightening bolt motif to Bowie's face for the ALADDIN SANE (1973) album cover photo and applied the astral sphere make-up on Bowie's forehead. The astral sphere makeup itself was derived from a white disc that Bowie began wearing on his forehead in early 1973 - an idea he had borrowed from Calvin Mark Lee.

"Laser" (Bowie): This song was written for The Astronettes aborted album project in late 1973 and later became the basis for "Scream Like A Baby" on SCARY MONSTERS (AND SUPER CREEPS) (1981). It has surfaced as "I am Like A Laser" on an album by Ava Cherry called PEOPLE FROM BAD HOMES (1995).

"Laughing Gnome, The" (Bowie): Early Bowie song (26 January 1967) re-released by Deram to capitalise on the Ziggy Stardust phenomenon and was the A-side on "The Laughing Gnome/The Gospel According to Tony Day" (Deram DM123 - 8 September 1973). It was very successful with over 250,000 copies sold in the UK - but embarrassing for Bowie at the time because it was a charming children's song rather than a Ziggy Stardust song "...of darkness and disgrace..."

Lear, Amanda: Compare in the 1980 Floor Show (she appears in the clip for "Sorrow") and cover model for Roxy Music's second album For Your Pleasure".

Lee, Calvin Mark: Chinese-American Professor from California, an A&R man with Mercury Records, and early friend of David Bowie who was romantically involved with both David and Angie Bowie.  He inspired the use by Bowie of the round glitter circle on his head in his Alladin Sane tour performances. 

Legendary Stardust Cowboy: Singer (real name Norman Carl Odom), who Bowie borrowed the name "Stardust" from.   See FAQ for details.

Lennear, Claudia: American soul singer for whom the single "Lady Grinning Soul" was written.

"Lets Spend the Night Together" (Jagger/Richards): Rolling Stone's song covered by Bowie on ALADDIN SANE (1973) and performed on all Ziggy Stardust concert tours with the exception of the 1st UK and 1st US Tour. The song was banned in Rhodesia as "undesirable."

"The idea was to fuck the sound up - give it some 'whoa, what's that?' 1973 was the first time I used synthesisers, on "Let's Spend The Night Together." - Bowie (1993)

Lewis, Linda: Backing singer on ALADDIN SANE (1973).

"Life on Mars?" (Bowie): Song from HUNKY DORY (1971) which was performed on all UK concert tours and the 1st US Tour. The HUNKY DORY (1971) liner notes state that it was "inspired by Frankie" (Frank Sinatra) as it uses the same chord structure as "My Way." Released as the A-side on "Life on Mars?/The Man Who Sold The World" (RCA 2316 - 22 June 1973).

LIFE ON MARS?: Promotional video for "Life on Mars?" filmed backstage at Earls Court on 12 May 1973. The original version contained images of Bowie singing with cut scenes of young girls reaching out their hands to him at a concert. The version found on BOWIE - THE VIDEO COLLECTION (1993) is a re-edit of the original with the audience scenes removed and Bowie digitally bleached to emphasis his eye and lip make-up.

"London Boys, The" (Bowie): 1966 single of which a 1973 remake was reportedly intended to be on the PIN-UPS (1973) album, but was dropped at the last minute.

"Looking for a Friend" (Bowie): Song started but not finished at the Trident Studio Ziggy sessions for THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS (1972). It was performed by Bowie on John Peel's In Concert BBC radio show on 5 June 1971 and an early version recorded on 17 June 1971. It was intended to be a follow-up single for the Arnold Corns project.

"Love Me Do" (Lennon/McCartney): Beatle's song of which a segment was performed as part of "The Jean Genie/Love Me Do" duet with Jeff Beck at the Hammersmith Odeon concert on 3 July 1973. Bowie played the introduction on harmonica and then sang a couple of verses before returning to "The Jean Genie." The song was not released as part of the live concert album ZIGGY STARDUST - THE MOTION PICTURE (1983).

Lulu: Scottish singer who covered Bowie songs "The Man Who Sold The World" and "Watch that Man".

Lumley, Robin: Pianist at Bowie's TV appearance on Top of the Pops (14 April 1972).



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Ziggy Stardust Scarf (1973)