In the summer of 1974, David Bowie recorded Young Americans at a small studio in Philadelphia called Sigma Studios.
A small group of teenage Bowie fans from Philadelphia started to congregate outside the studio, and follow Bowie to and from his hotel (The Barclay) each day as he arrived to record. This group became known as the Sigma Kids, and on the last day of recording, Bowie invited them all in to listen to the final cut of the album.
Here are some pictures contributed by various Sigma Kids from 1974. To see pictures from other years, click here. Thanks to Marz and Patti for scanning these and sending them in. Unless noted otherwise, all photos were taken by Leslie.
Not to be reproduced without permission.
Outside Sigma Studio one night in Philly
After a Diamond Dogs concert, Philly, 1974
Photo by Steve
Inside Sigma during recording sessions
One night outside the studio
Robin, Ava and Luther recording backup vocals
Marz asks David to marry her. That's Luther Vandross in the middle. Photo taken by Dagmar.
Zowie Bowie (aka Duncan Jones) as a 3 year old
Mike Garson in Philadelphia, 1974
Tony Visconti, Patti, Marz and Joey, Philadelphia, 1974
Mick Ronson, Philadelphia, 1975? (photo by Steve)
Ava Cherry (and Larry Washington?)
Gui Andrisano, Geoffrey MacCormack and Earl Slick