David Bowie performs ‘Space Oddity’ at the Ivor Novello Awards

Bowie's appearance at the 1970 Ivor Novello Awards screened in the US and across Europe

On 10 May 1970, David Bowie performed ‘Space Oddity‘ during the Ivor Novello Awards ceremony in London. He picked up a Songwriters’ Guild award for the composition.

The first Ivor Novello Awards were presented in 1956 and recognised songs released in 1955. Sponsored by Joseph Fenston, the ceremony was televised by the BBC from The Theatre Royal, Dury Lane, London. Sir Billy Butlin sponsored the awards for a number of years and during the 1960s the presentation moved to the Savoy Hotel.

In 1970 TVR broadcast The Ivors as part of Talk of the Town.