Ziggy Stardust's Album Receives Blue Plaque

David Bowie landmark album, Ziggy Stardust, was celebrated with a blue plaque in central London.

Former Spandau Ballet memeber, Gary Kemp, who is a longstanding fan of the pioneering musician, unveiled the plaque at the site where the cover of the 1972 release was shot. Kemp became hooked after seeing Bowie in his Ziggy persona on Top Of The Pops, and described him as a "Messianic rock star". The location was that of Heddon Street, just off Regent Street - now a pedestrianised area.

The album, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, was Bowie's defining album, helping to establish him as one of the world's best known rock stars. Although the record only featured one top 10 hit, Starman, it premiered his new image and established him as a visionary of the generation.

The famous album cover was shot in January 1972, five months before the record release, by photographer Brian Ward. Bowie was wearing a green jumpsuit which he later wore for a performance on the the BBC's The Old Grey Whistle Test. Bowie said that the shoot "was cold and it rained and I felt like an actor."