VIDEO: David Bowie's Doncaster connections

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The music world is in shock this morning at the death of music legend David Bowie at the age of 69.

The star has died after a private 18-month battle with cancer and tributes are being paid across the globe.

The singer, famed for hit such as Starman, Space Oddity and Heroes, had several Doncaster connections and played two concerts in the town at the height of his Ziggy Stardust alter ego fame. We've even managed to find a short clip of the star on stage at the Top Rank in Silver Street in 1973.

He also had Doncaster blood running through his veins - for his dad was Doncaster born and bred.

Haywood Stenton Jones, more commonly known as John, was born at 41 St Sepulchre Gate in the town centre in 1912. His birthplace is where the Caffe Nero coffee shop is now situated.

The singer himself was born David Jones in London in 1947 by which time his father was a promotions officer for Barnardo's. The family lived at 40 Stansfield Road, near the border of the south London areas of Brixton and Stockwell.

A ticket for David Bowie's 1972 concert in Doncaster.

A ticket for David Bowie's 1972 concert in Doncaster.

He played twice in Doncaster during his career - the first date was September 1, 1972 when he brought his Ziggy Stardust tour to town.

The global tour across the United Kingdom, North America, and Japan in 1972–73 was to promote the studio albums The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars and Aladdin Sane. Tickets for the concert cost just 95p in advance and £1.10 on the night.

The singer was back less than a year later, returning to the same Top Rank Suite venue on June 27, 1973.

According to Kim, a fan on a Bowie fourm on the web: "The doors opened at 8.00pm and Bowie came on stage at 9.20pm. The ticket price was £1.30. There were five costume changes. The place was packed and he wooed them all, including me!"

The Doncaster birthplace of David Bowie's dad.

The Doncaster birthplace of David Bowie's dad.

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