David Bowie (Born David Jones, 8.1.1947) was an English singer and songwriter who rose to fame in the 1970s and remained active in the music business for five decades. He passed away on the 10th January 2016.
Childhood: David Bowie (then Jones) was born in Brixton, London. His mother was Irish and his father was a Yorkshireman. The family moved to Bromley, in Kent, when David was six. As a child, David was fascinated by the records his father brought home, of Fats Domino, and Little Richard, among others. His half-brother Terry also introduced him to the likes of Charles Mingus and John Coltrane.
Music: In 1962, Bowie formed his first band, the Konrads. He later went on to perform under the name Davie Jones, or Davy Jones. To avoid confusion with Davy Jones of The Monkees, he chose the stage name David Bowie. His first, eponymous album was released by Deram Records, an offshoot of Decca. However, it wasn't until the 1969 release of 'Space Oddity', which coincided with the first moon landing, that Bowie hit the big time.
In 2000 he made his second appearance at Glastonbury festival after, 30 years since his last performance
He accepted a Grammy in February 2006 for a lifetime achievement award.
In 2014 he won a Brit award for Best British Male, this made him the oldest recipient of a Brit award and it was accepted by Kate Moss on his behalf.
Key Albums: Originally released in 1969, the Space Oddity album became one of Bowie's best-known and most popular albums. It's follow-up, The Man Who Sold the World (1970) saw Bowie, with the help of Mick Ronson, venture into rockier territory.
Hunky Dory spawned singles such as 'Oh You Pretty Things' as well as homages to Bob Dylan and Andy Warhol.
In 1972, Bowie adopted the androgynous persona of Ziggy Stardust and released The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. Many tracks from the album have since been hailed as classics, including 'Suffragette City', and 'Moonage Daydream'.
The album Aladdin Sane is as notorious for its songs (including 'Jean Genie' and 'Let's Spend The Night Together') as it is for its iconic cover, depicting Bowie as Ziggy Stardust, with a lightning bolt painted diagonally across his face. The album also featured Bowie's cover of The Rolling Stones' track 'Let's Spend The Night Together'.
In 1974, David Bowie was the UK's best-selling act, with his album Diamond Dogs going to number one in the album charts and its single 'Rebel Rebel' reaching number five.
Bowie's first US number one, 'Fame', was co-written by John Lennon (who sang back-up vocals) and Carlos Alomar. The track was taken from his album Young Americans (1975), which provided his own take on the Philadelphia soul sound. The album also features vocals from Luther Vandross.
Another of Bowie's many personae came to light with his album Station to Station (1976). The 'Thin White Duke' was considered to be an amplification of the character that he played in the film The Man Who Fell to Earth, Thomas Jerome Newton.
In the late 1970s, Bowie moved to Berlin in an attempt to rekindle his waning success. During this time, he worked extensively with Iggy Pop and released three of his own albums, known as the 'Berlin Trilogy'. Low, Heroes and Lodger were inspired by Krautrock bands such as Kraftwerk and Neu!
Bowie's 1980 album, Scary Monsters featured guitar work from a number of high profile musicians such as Pete Townsend , Tom Verlaine and Robert Fripp.
In the late 1990's, David Bowie experienced a rejuvenated music career, with the release of Earthling, his well-respected foray into the world of drum 'n' bass. This success continued in the early 21st century, with the dark electronica of Heathen.
In 2013 he released another album The Next Day which was his first studio album in over a decade. This album debuted at no.1 on the UK album chart and at the time was the fastest selling album of 2013.
In 2016 Blackstar his twenty- fifth and final studio album which was released two days before his death, producer Tony Visconti revealed that this album was a ‘parting gift’ for his fans as he knew that he was dying.
Tin Machine: In 1989, Bowie formed the band Tin Machine with Reeves Gabrels, Tony Sales and Hunt Sales. The debut album, Tin Machine, released in 1989, went to number three in the UK charts but Bowie became frustrated when his ideas were altered or turned down by the rest of the band. After the comparative failure of Tin Machine II and the live album Tin Machine: Oy Vey, Baby, David decommissioned the band, in favour of working on his own material.
Film Career: David Bowie has appeared in a number of successful movies, including Labyrinth, The Man Who Fell to Earth and Absolute Beginners.
Personal Life: In 1970, David Bowie married his first wife, Angela. They had a son, known as Zowie, but officially named Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones. Angie and David were divorced after eight years of marriage.
David's second marriage was to the Somalian model, Iman Abdulmajid, in 1992. The pair have one child, daughter Alexandria Zahra Jones.
Bowie has also admitted to drug use in his career but claimed that he stopped using after he got custody of his son, he also wishes that he had never took them at all as they took a hold of his life without him even knowing.
David died on the 10th January 2016 after battling with liver cancer for the past 12 months, he did not make his illness public and was said to have faced it with both courage and dignity.
Grime artist Skepta, who enjoyed a breakthrough smash hit with 'Shutdown' earlier this year, won the 2016 Mercury Prize for his album 'Konnichiwa'.
The crowd at the Hammersmith Apollo erupted when Skepta’s name was announced as the eventual winner of the prestigious prize by Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker on Thursday night (September 16th).
The bookies had tipped David Bowie to win posthumously for his final album Blackstar, released just two days before his death in January this year, but the 33 year North London rapper was not very far behind in their estimations either.
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The flat at Hauptstrasse 155 was where Bowie and Iggy lived between 1976 and 1978 in the city, which inspired the so-called 'Berlin trilogy' albums.
Forty years after he briefly lived in the city and was inspired to make his famous ‘Berlin trilogy’ of albums in the late ‘70s, the German capital has unveiled a new commemorative plaque outside the home he shared with fellow star Iggy Pop.
On Monday (August 22nd), traffic was at a standstill on Hauptstrasse 155 in West Berlin’s Schöneberg district as the plaque was revealed outside the flat where Bowie and Iggy lived between late 1976 and 1978.
Costing a reported £2,900 and made of bone china, the memorial quotes Bowie’s iconic hit “Heroes”, the song inspired by the couple kissing by the Berlin Wall that Bowie spied from a window at the Hansa recording studio in Kreuzberg. The decision to place the memorial was made by the senate, notable because it usually requires a five-year waiting period to make sure the deceased figure being memorialised is truly historically significant.
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Bowie's final album 'Blackstar', along with 11 other British albums released in the last year, made the shortlist announced on Thursday.
Radiohead, Skepta, The 1975 and the late David Bowie are the big names to have been shortlisted for the 2016 Hyundai Mercury Music Prize, with Adele and previous winner James Blake the notable absences.
The 12-strong shortlist, picked by a panel of music critics, industry figures and artists, was announced on Thursday morning (August 4th) on BBC Radio 6 Music. David Bowie’s 25th and final album Blackstar, released just two days before his death in January this year, is already being touted as one of the favourites to win the overall prize when the winner is announced on September 15th.
Radiohead’s recent album A Moon Shaped Pool makes the Oxford five-piece the most nominated act in Mercury Prize history. Their albums OK Computer, Amnesiac, Hail To the Thief and In Rainbows all made shortlists in previous years, and this doesn’t even count lead singer Thom Yorke’s nomination for his 2006 solo album The Eraser. However, they have not yet won the award.
Jones and his wife Rodene Ronquillo announced they were expecting a month after Bowie’s death on January 10.
Duncan Jones has welcomed his first son, exactly six months after his father David Bowie’s death from cancer. Jones and his wife Rodene Ronquillo welcomed Stenton David Jones on July 10, saying that his grandfather had ‘made room for him’.
Stenton David Jones. Born July 10th, exactly six months after his grandad made room for him.
'Lazarus', which opened in New York in November 2015, will come to London's Kings Cross Theatre in October.
David Bowie’s musical ‘Lazarus’ is coming to London for a three-month run later this year, following a successful opening period in New York.
The production, which was one of the last projects that the late British singer completed before his death in January this year, first opened in November 2015 in New York Theatre Workshop. It was part of a burst of creativity at the end of Bowie’s life that included his final album Blackstar, released just two days before his passing.
On Monday (July 25th), it was announced that ‘Lazarus’ will be running at London’s Kings Cross Theatre from October 25th to January 22nd, 2017.
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More than 300 items from Bowie's extensive private collection of art are to go under the hammer at Sotheby's in November.
A sizeable private art collection assembled by the late David Bowie throughout his life is to be exhibited in public for the first time, before going under the hammer at a Sotheby’s auction.
Bowie’s life as a collector was something he kept almost entirely hidden from public view, as he bought pieces from all parts of the art world “obsessively and addictively”, in his own words, for over 40 years. After he died in January at the age of 69, his family only at that point discovered the extent of his collection, and are auctioning it as they don’t physically have the space to keep it.
David Bowie's private art collection is to be auctioned at Sotheby's
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The lock was cut in 1983, by a wig maker at Madame Tussauds, London.
A lock of hair from the late David Bowie is being sold at auction this week and is expected to fetch thousands of pounds. The lock is being auctioned by US auctioneers Heritage Auctions, on behalf of Wendy Farrier, a wig maker who worked at Madame Tussauds in the 1980s and once had to cut a lock of the pop legend’s hair when he posed for his waxwork in 1983.
A lock of David Bowies hair is up for auction.
After cutting Bowie’s hair Wendy, a huge fan of the singer, saved a few strands for herself, which she pinned to her bedroom wall along with her other memorabilia. Auctioneer Margaret Barrett said: "We have sold a lot of celebrity hair in the past but never any of David Bowie's. This is pretty unique.
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The record producer says fans can expect a lot of new Bowie material to be released in the coming years.
David Bowie’s close friend and longtime producer Tony Visconti has said he’s in talks with the singer’s management team to release previously unheard Bowie material in the coming years. Visconti began working with Bowie in 1969 and produced his final album, Blackstar, which was released two days before his death in January.
Tony Visconti says he’s been in talks to release unheard Bowie material.
Visconti said Bowie also told him that he had recorded five other new tracks, intended for a follow-up album to Blackstar. “I haven’t heard those songs yet,” Visconti told the Evening Standard. “I might actually have to help his managerial company to find them.”
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The 43ft. mural was unveiled in the capital city of Sarajevo on Saturday.
A huge mural, painted in honour of the late pop icon David Bowie, has been unveiled in the Bosnian capital city of Sarajevo.
Two local artists created the enormous painting, which was the brainchild of Bosnian singer Vedad Trebonja who described Bowie as “my spiritual father”. Measuring 43ft. by 34 ft. (13 metres x 10.5 metres), it adorns the side of a derelict house in the ‘Sniper Alley’ area of the city, nicknamed because of its central place in the Bosnian war of 1993-95.
Enis Cisic, who works as an illustrator for Marvel Comics, and Zoran Herceg brought the idea to life, with the painting process itself taking six weeks.
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The director said he showed his father an early cut of the film before his passing in January.
Warcraft director Duncan Jones has recalled showing his father an early cut of the epic fantasy movie before his untimely death in January. Jones said his father was ‘excited’ for him about the film and was happy he was doing the things he enjoyed in life.
Duncan Jones and father David Bowie in 2009.
Speaking to The Daily Beast Jones said: “I showed him an early cut of this and showed him some of the effects shots. You know, for everyone else he was one person. For me, he was my dad. And he was always interested in things I was working on."
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A memorial on David Bowie's star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood. The music and fashion icon David Bowie died earlier January 10 at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 11th January 2016
David Bowie's New York Residence - A memorial has been established by fans outside David Bowie's NYC residence to pay tribute to the passing of the pop icon - New York City, New York, United States - Monday 11th January 2016
Date of birth
8th January, 1947
Date of death
10th January, 2016
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