Born in South London’s Brixton neighborhood on 8th Jan 1947, David Bowie was an English songwriter, actor, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and singer. He was a popular figure in music for over five decades but died on Sunday, 10th Jan 2016; two days after his 69th birthday.
The life of David Bowie
His early years
David Bowie showed an interest in music at the age of 13 when he began playing Saxophone. His older half-brother, Terry was a great influence on him. After graduating from Bromley Technical High School at 16 years, he started working as a commercial artist and playing music in different band groups and later leading band groups Lower Third and Davy Jones. They released several singles at this time, but nothing gave him the kind of exposure he wanted.
David Jones later went on his own but exited music world after recording an unsuccessful solo album. In 1967, he met with Angela Barnett, they got married on 20th March 1970 and had a son in 1971 but divorced in 1980
By 1969, Bowie decided to return to music, signed a deal with Mercury Records and released his first single, “Space Oddity” that summer. The song was a boom in both USA and the UK and it remained in the top 10 on the charts. His next album, “The Man Who Sold the World” in 1970 catapulted him to fame. In 1971, he released another album, “Hunky Dory” which was also a great success.
As his celebrity status increased, his desire to have more fans also increased. He announced that he was gay and introduced the world to Ziggy Stardust. His album “The rise and fall of Stardust and the Spiders from mass” made him a superstar. He released other albums such as Aladdin Sane (1973), Pin Ups, David Live and Young Americans in 1974 and 1975 respectively, Scary Monsters (1980), Let’s Dance (1983). He also produced albums for other singers including Lou Reed and Iggy Pop.
His interests were not only in music but also film. He landed a role in the movies ’The man who fell from Earth’ in 1976 and 1980; he performed in Elephant Man’.
In 2004 suffered a heart attack while performing in Germany but he fully recovered and went back to work. He went low profile for several years but released another album “The Next day”(2013) which was a success. His last album Blackstar’ was released on his birthday, 8th Jan 2016 and two days later, this music icon died after battling cancer for 18 months. According to his family, he died peacefully. His long term friend and producer Tony Visconti stated that his last album Blackstart was his parting gift to fans.