Major Tom (Coming Home) – Peter Schilling (1983)
Born Pierre Schilling, this German singer-songwriter scored this international hit with his debut effort. It may have been his only hit in the US, but Schilling continued to be extremely popular in the German-language world & Europe throughout the 80’s, which forced him to take a break from the music industry by 1990. He returned a few years later and has been recording and performing, both his own work and collaborating with others, over the years. In the mid-00’s Schilling became an author, and his latest book (titled Completely Detached in English) was published earlier this year. It talks about how he’s bounced back from career burnout.