About the Sigma Kids: The REAL Story. When David Bowie finished recording Young Americans, he threw a listening party for a very selected few fans, a move so unprecedented, it was covered in Rolling Stone and made the front page of the Philadelphia Sunday paper. This was, of course, a ruse to have Stately on hand, David desperately seeking SWM's approval and advice on potential corrections. In fact, DB had initially hoped to invite ONLY Stately; but a dozen others were within earshot when the invitation went out, so they too were allowed entrance...though, to hear certain revisionists tell it, you'd think the guest list was limited to the tale-teller and two friends--neither of which was Stately. We'll let the pictures do the talking.
When Young Americans was given a special re-release in late 2007 with a bonus DVD, pages three and four of the booklet featured a strip of six photos from the Sigma party, Mr. Manor and his big bushy do visible in four of them. We reproduced the spread then progressively enlarged the images, to give you an eyeful, albeit the resolution is only so-so due to the small size of the original images. But it gets better below, so be sure to scroll down past the booklet enlargements!
It should be noted that, with the exception of the shot seen on the previous page and the famous "faking sleeping on the studio steps" image featured first in the above six-strip and elsewhere, these photos were long rumored to be "lost," due to the newspaper folding. For them to resurface decades later was a pleasant surprise to SWM--and, of course, a great treat for you. Adding icing to the proverbial cake, camerawoman (and sweetheart) Dagmar graciously consented to allow us to post two Sigma Kids photos--both containing Stately--that had never been publicly displayed anywhere! (They're the ones below.) Wow, imagine being her: not only did she get to stare into Stately's entrancing baby blues in person, she was also even allowed take his photograph...and maybe even speak with him!!!
"You complete me." A slightly reluctant Stately is recruited to form the final piece of "Bowie" spelled out in human bodies. We understand the young lady standing just above SWM has never been the same.
The former leader of the Spiders From Mars bugs our Stately yet again. SWM didn't want to be rude, but wondered "What does this pest want now? I hope it's not that 'I wish I were you' speech again!"
One more bit of fascinating trivia before we leave. When SWM attempted to form his own band (crushed by the conspiracy, of course), he recruited a cute teen bassist from West Philly. Vividly exposing his obsession with following Stately's lead, Mister Bowie eventually hired that very same miss, Gail Ann Dorsey (left). And this is no joke. Ask her!!!
Let's make it perfectly clear right from the start, we owe a solid debt to superstar photographer Dagmar, who graciously allowed us to use her pictures on this page, including two which have never been published before. You should visit her website and drop lots of dough!!!