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The Soul Man is a persona created by David Bowie for the Diamond Dogs tour. Specifically for the soul part of the tour, that included songs from the then forthcoming, R&B and soul album: Young Americans. However, his first appearance was as a DJ in the song Starman From The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.

The Soul Man wears Puerto Rican-style clothing, has long, orange, slicked back hair and shaved eyebrows. He appears on the front of the cover for Young Americans. He is somewhat of a precursor to The Thin White Duke, who also sported a slicked back orange haircut, and had a Soul and R&B sound on the following album: Station to Station.

Bowie appeared in this persona at the height of his coke intake, while living in Los Angeles. A documentary called ''Cracked Actor'' by Alan Yentob, showed his fragile state of mind at the time. It wasn't until David got cast to be in the movie: The Man Who Fell To Earth, that The Soul Man was retired.

David Bowie personas
Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Halloween Jack, The Soul Man, The Thin White Duke, The DJ, Pierrot, Screaming Lord Byron, Jareth the Goblin King, Button Eyes
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