David Bowie flew from London to Zürich on 2 November 1969, a day ahead of his appearance on the Swiss TV show Hits A GoGo.
He flew there and back with his manager Kenneth Pitt, on their final flights together.
The good news was that ‘Space Oddity’ was on the top ten in Switzerland and on November 2 David and I went to Zürich, where he was to appear in the Swiss TV programme Hits A GoGo. The producer of this show was Mani Hildebrand, who had been the Swiss delegate to the Malta Song Festival, and David felt at ease working with someone he knew. There was an old friend of mine on the show, drummer Blinky Davidson, who had been with the Mark Leeman Five and was now with the Nice. Others on the bill included Ayshea and Julien Clerc. David and I stayed for two nights in Room 37 of the Hotel Excelsior, Dufourstrasse 24, but I wouldn’t advise any Bowie fans to ask for that room as I remember it overlooked a very noisy street.
The Pitt Report
Also on this day...
- 1991: Live: Tin Machine, Civic Hall, Wolverhampton
- 1974: Live: Radio City Music Hall, New York
- 1972: Travel: Seattle to Phoenix
- 1968: Filming: The Virgin Soldiers
- 1964: Davie Jones: “It’s time we united and stood up for our curls”
- 1963: Live: The Konrads, Shirley Parish Hall, Croydon
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