Hunky Dory is the fourth studio album by English musician David Bowie. It was released on 17 December 1971 by RCA Records. Bowie opted for a warmer, more melodic piano-based pop rock and art pop style. It is considered to be the album where Bowie definitively discovered his voice and style.
About Hunky Dory in brief
Hunky Dory is the fourth studio album by English musician David Bowie. It was released on 17 December 1971 by RCA Records. Bowie opted for a warmer, more melodic piano-based pop rock and art pop style. The album’s cover artwork, photographed in monochrome and subsequently recoloured, features Bowie in a pose inspired by actresses of the Hollywood Golden Age. It is considered to be the album where Bowie definitively discovered his voice and style. It has been critically acclaimed as one of Bowie’s best works. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars was Bowie’s follow-up album. The first song Bowie wrote for Hunky. Dory was \”Oh! You Pretty Things from The Spiders From Mars in January 1971. The song \”Kooks\” was dedicated to Bowie’s newborn son Duncan. The second song on the album was \”Holy Holy\”, recorded in November 1970 and released as a single in January1971. The third song was \”Changes\”, which was recorded in October 1970 and was released in December 1970. The fourth and final album, The Man Who Sold the World, came out in November 1971. It sold poorly but fared better both critically and commercially in the U.S. than in the UK. It became a commercial success, peaking at number three on the UK Albums Chart. It features on several lists of the greatest albums of all time, including The Rolling Stones, U2, Queen and U2 among others.
Bowie has said that the success of the album led to his decision to leave RCA and form his own record label, Chrysalis. He has also said that he has no regrets about the decision to end his recording partnership with RCA in the early 1970s. He left Chrysalis to focus on his own projects and has since released several solo albums. He is currently working on a fifth album, which is due to be released later this year, called The Next Day. He also has a long-term relationship with his former manager, Tony Defries, which began in the late 1960s and early 1990s. In the late 1970s, Bowie spent more time composing songs on piano rather than guitar. In total, he composed over three-dozen songs, many of which would appear on HunkyDory and its following-up The Rise & Fall Of Ziggy Stardust and The Spider From Mars. He was also inspired by his stateside tour to write songs dedicated to three American icons: Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan, and Lou Reed. After the tour, he returned to his apartment in Beckenham, where he recorded many demos of his early 70s demos. After recording its demo at Radio Luxembourg, Bowie gave the tape to Bob Grace, who gave it to Chrysalis partner Bob Grace to record the album. After hearing a demo of the demo, Defries signed the singer to a contract with Chrysalis, but thereafter limited his work with Bowie tofocus on other projects.