Artist: David Bowie Bio

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David Bowie

David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was a leading figure in the music industry and is considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, acclaimed by critics and musicians, particularly for his innovative work during the 1970s. His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, with his music and stagecraft having a significant impact on popular music. During his lifetime, his record sales, estimated at 140 million albums worldwide, made him one of the world's best-selling music artists. In the UK, he was awarded ten platinum album certifications, eleven gold and eight silver, and released eleven number-one albums. In the US, he received five platinum and nine gold certifications. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

Born in Brixton, South London, Bowie developed an interest in music as a child, eventually studying art, music and design before embarking on a professional career as a musician in 1963. "Space Oddity" became his first top-five entry on the UK Singles Chart after its release in July 1969. After a period of experimentation, he re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era with his flamboyant and androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust. The character was spearheaded by the success of his single "Starman" and album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, which won him widespread popularity. In 1975, Bowie's style shifted radically towards a sound he characterised as "plastic soul", initially alienating many of his UK devotees but garnering him his first major US crossover success with the number-one single "Fame" and the album Young Americans. In 1976, Bowie starred in the cult film The Man Who Fell to Earth, directed by Nicolas Roeg, and released Station to Station. The following year, he further confounded musical expectations with the electronic-inflected album Low (1977), the first of three collaborations with Brian Eno that came to be known as the "Berlin Trilogy". "Heroes" (1977) and Lodger (1979) followed; each album reached the UK top five and received lasting critical praise.

After uneven commercial success in the late 1970s, Bowie had UK number ones with the 1980 single "Ashes to Ashes", its parent album Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps), and "Under Pressure", a 1981 collaboration with Queen. He reached his commercial peak in 1983 with Let's Dance; the album's title track topped both UK and US charts. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Bowie continued to experiment with musical styles, including industrial and jungle. He also continued acting; his roles included Major Jack Celliers in Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983), Jareth the Goblin King in Labyrinth (1986), Pontius Pilate in The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), and Nikola Tesla in The Prestige (2006), among other film and television appearances and cameos. He stopped touring after 2004 and his last live performance was at a charity event in 2006. In 2013, Bowie returned from a decade-long recording hiatus with The Next Day. He remained musically active until he died of liver cancer two days after the release of his final album, Blackstar (2016).


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Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie

Ziggy Stardust

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Space Oddity - David Bowie

Space Oddity

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Life on Mars? - David Bowie

Life on Mars?

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Changes - David Bowie

Changes

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"Heroes"

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Starman - David Bowie

Starman

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Suffragette City - David Bowie

Suffragette City

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Let's Dance - David Bowie

Let's Dance

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Rebel Rebel - David Bowie

Rebel Rebel

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Ashes to Ashes - David Bowie

Ashes to Ashes

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The Man Who Sold the World - David Bowie

The Man Who Sold the World

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China Girl - David Bowie

China Girl

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Moonage Daydream - David Bowie

Moonage Daydream

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Modern Love - David Bowie

Modern Love

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The Jean Genie - David Bowie

The Jean Genie

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Fame - David Bowie

Fame

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Golden Years - David Bowie

Golden Years

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Five Years - David Bowie

Five Years

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Under Pressure - David Bowie

Under Pressure

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Oh! You Pretty Things - David Bowie

Oh! You Pretty Things

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Sound and Vision - David Bowie

Sound and Vision

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Young Americans - David Bowie

Young Americans

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Queen Bitch - David Bowie

Queen Bitch

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Lady Stardust - David Bowie

Lady Stardust

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Rock 'n' Roll Suicide - David Bowie

Rock 'n' Roll Suicide

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Soul Love - David Bowie

Soul Love

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Fashion - David Bowie

Fashion

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It Ain't Easy - David Bowie

It Ain't Easy

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Diamond Dogs - David Bowie

Diamond Dogs

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Star - David Bowie

Star

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John, I'm Only Dancing - David Bowie

John, I'm Only Dancing

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Lazarus - David Bowie

Lazarus

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Blue Jean - David Bowie

Blue Jean

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Hang on to Yourself - David Bowie

Hang on to Yourself

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Where Are We Now? - David Bowie

Where Are We Now?

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Wild Is the Wind - David Bowie

Wild Is the Wind

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Sorrow - David Bowie

Sorrow

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Kooks - David Bowie

Kooks

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Blackstar - David Bowie

Blackstar

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Andy Warhol - David Bowie

Andy Warhol

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The Next Day - David Bowie

The Next Day

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Boys Keep Swinging - David Bowie

Boys Keep Swinging

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Song for Bob Dylan - David Bowie

Song for Bob Dylan

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Quicksand - David Bowie

Quicksand

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Warszawa - David Bowie

Warszawa

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Eight Line Poem - David Bowie

Eight Line Poem

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