Ragazzo solo, ragazza sola

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"Ragazzo solo, ragazza sola"
Single by David Bowie
B-side "Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud"
Released November 1969
Format Vinyl record
Recorded Morgan Studios[1]
Genre Space rock, psychedelic folk
Length 5:15
Label Philips
Writer(s) David Bowie, Mogol
Producer(s) Gus Dudgeon
David Bowie singles chronology
"Space Oddity"
(1969)
"Ragazzo solo, ragazza sola"
(1969)
"The Prettiest Star"
(1970)

"Ragazzo solo, ragazza sola" is a version of David Bowie's first hit single "Space Oddity" with Italian lyrics by Mogol.

This special version of "Space Oddity" was commissioned for the Italian market and released in November 1969. Two Italian bands, Equipe 84 and The Computers, had recorded their own Italian versions of "Space Oddity" and Bowie's record company probably felt that this threatened the chances of Bowie's version in Italy. Instead of translating the lyrics of the original version Mogol wrote a love story about a young couple that meet on the top of a mountain, "Ragazzo solo, ragazza sola" meaning "Lonely Boy, Lonely Girl".

This version was later released on the album Rare.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Ragazzo solo, ragazza sola" (Bowie, Mogol) – 5:15
  2. "Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud" (Bowie) – 4:59

Production credits[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ David Bowie 40th Anniversary Edition