Album: Hunky Dory (1971)


  • On May 30, 1971, David Bowie's wife Angie gave birth to a young baby boy, who they named Zowie. Bowie was listening to a Neil Young record at home when he heard the news he'd become a father. Zowie's birth gave him the inspiration to write this song to his newborn son in the style of early 1970s Neil Young.
  • The English band Kooks took their name from this song. They said the song is something they can relate to as they are young and the song was a bit wacky. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for above 2
  • Zowie reverted to his birth name, Duncan Jones, around the age of 18 and attended film school in his late twenties. He became a commercials director, directing French Connection's infamous "Kung-fu lesbian advert" in 2006. In 2009 Jones' first full-length movie, a sci-fi thriller called Moon, was released.

Comments: 2

  • Rayna from Pembroke Pines, FlYes, the talented and handsome Mister B wrote this for his little boy Zowie. Awwwww. he's telling Zowie that even though that he and his wife aren't Ward and June Cleaver and may be kind of hippie-ish, they have enough love for the child to be good parents
  • Sophie from San Jose, CaThis song is so adorable... Take a chance with a couple of kooks hung up on romancing :)
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