In 1971, before David Bowie’s rise to international rock fame, he spent the first night of his first American publicity tour at the Maryland home of the Obermans

How David Bowie’s ‘adoptive’ Jewish family welcomed him to America
by Gabe Friedman
January 15, 2016

David Bowie didn’t start his first trip to the United States with a drug-filled party or a wild show, but instead with a quiet evening at the home of a Maryland Jewish family. The now-iconic English rocker had just released the album “The Man Who Sold the World,” which built on the success of his popular “Space Oddity” album in Europe. But he wasn’t yet a household name in the States when his first US tour was set to kick off in January 1971. Bowie’s North American publicist, Ron Oberman of Mercury Records, invited him to stay at his parents in Silver Spring for a night before setting out to play shows in cities from New York to Los Angeles. READ MORE

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