David Bowie

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
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Full Name: David Robert Jones
Profession: Singer-Songwriter


Biography: One of the most popular musicians for over five decades, Bowie sold over 140 million records worldwide and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In his career he released eleven number-one albums.

Bowie began his career in 1963, and in 1969 released the song "Space Oddity". Following this he became associated with the glam rock era of the 1970s, adopting his persona Ziggy Stardust and releasing several influential albums, including The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. In 1975 he moved into a genre he termed 'plastic soul', releasing the acclaimed albums Station to Station, Low and Heroes.

In the 1980s he reached his peak commercial success, with "Let's Dance", a transatlantic number one hit from 1983 and his collaboration with Queen, "Under Pressure", becoming a number one in the UK in 1981. In 2013, he returned from a decade-long recording hiatus and released The Next Day, and in 2016 released Blackstar, before dying of liver cancer two days after its release.

He was also acclaimed as an actor on stage and screen, with roles in "The Man Who Fell To Earth", "The Elephant Man", "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence", "Labyrinth", and "Absolute Beginniers".

He was married twice - first, in a "marriage of convenience" to aspiring actress Angie Barnett (1970-80), and later, from 1992 until his death, to Somali supermodel Iman.

Born: January 8, 1947
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Capricorn

Died: January 10, 2016 (aged 69)
Cause of Death: Cancer

Married Life

  • 1970-03-20 British snger David Bowie (23) weds British model Angie Barnett, (20) at Bromley Register Office in Beckenham Lane, London; divorce in 1980
  • 1980-02-08 Model Angie Bowie (30) divorces British singer David Bowie (33) after just under 10 years of marriage
  • 1992-04-24 British rock star David Bowie (45) weds Somali supermodel Iman (37) in civil ceremony at city hall in Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 1992-06-06 British rock star David Bowie (45) weds Somali supermodel Iman (37), this time in a formal ceremony at St. James Episcopal Church in Florence, Italy

Historical Events

  • 1964-06-05 Davie Jones & King Bees release debut single "I Can't Help Thinking About Me"; group disbands but Davie Jones goes on to success as David Bowie
  • 1965-09-16 British singer Davie Jones changes his stage name to "David Bowie" to avoid confusion with the Monkee of the same name
  • 1966-01-14 David Bowie releases his 1st single "Can't Help Thinking About Me"
  • 1969-07-11 David Bowie releases the single "Space Oddity" 9 days before Apollo 11 lands on the moon
  • 1971-06-20 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: David Bowie headlines; other performs include: Joan Baez, Hawkwind, Melanie, Traffic, Fairport Convention, and Quintessence
  • 1972-06-16 RCA releases David Bowie's fifth studio album "The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars"; it is considered his artistic breakthrough
  • 1972-09-28 David Bowie sells out his 1st show at NYC's Carnegie Hall
  • 1974-05-24 RCA releases "Diamond Dogs", David Bowie's 8th studio album, recorded in London and the Netherlands, with cover design by artist Guy Peellaert, it peaks in the U.S. charts at No. 5, and goes to No. 1 in the U.K. and Canada
  • 1974-07-19 David Bowie's "Diamond Dog" tour ends in NYC
  • 1975-03-07 RCA releases "Young Americans", David Bowie's 9th studio album, recorded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and New York City; featuring appearances by John Lennon on two tracks, it peaks in the U.S. charts at No. 9, and No. 2 in the U.K.
  • 1975-07-25 RCA releases David Bowie single "Fame", with cameo appearance by John Lennon
  • 1975-09-20 David Bowie's "Fame," single goes #1 for 2 weeks
  • 1976-01-23 RCA releases "Station to Station", David Bowie's 10th studio album, recorded in Los Angeles; it peaks in the U.S. charts at No.3, and No. 5 in the U.K.
  • 1977-01-14 RCA releases David Bowie's 11th studio album, "Low"
  • 1977-08-29 Iggy Pop releases his second album "Lust for Life", a collaboration with David Bowie
  • 1977-09-11 American crooner Bing Crosby and British singer David Bowie record duet "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy" at ATV Elstree Studios near London for television special "Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas"
  • 1980-07-29 David Bowie stars in dramatic stage play "The Elephant Man" at the Auditorium Theater in Denver, Colorado
  • 1983-05-21 David Bowie's "Let's Dance" single goes #1
  • 1984-09-14 1st MTV Video Music Awards: The Cars win with "You Might Think", and David Bowie wins with "China Girl"
  • 1984-12-04 6th ACE Cable Awards: David Bowie: Serious Moonlight by Anthony Eaton and HBO
  • 1992-04-20 All-star benefit concert in memory of Freddie Mercury held at Wembley Stadium, London; performers include: Queen, Roger Daltry, Robert Plant, Zucchero, Paul Young, Seal, David Bowie, Annie Lennox, Mick Ronson, George Michael, Elton John, Axl Rose, and Liza Minnelli
  • 1995-09-25 Virgin Records releases David Bowie's 20th studio album "Outside"
  • 1996-01-17 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: David Bowie; Jefferson Airplane; Little Willie John; Gladys Knight and the Pips; Pink Floyd; The Shirelles; The Velvet Underground; Pete Seeger; and Tom Donahue
  • 2000-06-23 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: The Chemical Brothers, Travis, and David Bowie headline; other performers include G. Love & Special Sauce, David Gray, Willie Nelson, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Macy Gray
  • 2003-09-15 ISO/Columbia Records releases David Bowie's 23rd studio album, "Reality"; he supports it with what becomes his final concert tour
  • 2006-05-29 Singer David Bowie joins guitarist David Gilmour as special guest during encore at Royal Albert Hall, London concert; they perform "Arnold Layne" and "Comfortably Numb" in what becomes Bowie's final UK appearance
  • 2006-11-09 David Bowie performs on stage for the final time - three songs at a charity concert in New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom: "Wild Is the Wind", "Fantastic Voyage", and a duet of "Changes" with Alicia Keys
  • 2014-02-19 BRIT Awards: David Bowie, Ellie Goulding, and Arctic Monkeys win
  • 2015-12-07 David Bowie’s final public appearance, at the opening of his musical "Lazarus" at New York Theatre Workshop, NYC
  • 2016-01-08 ISO/Columbia Records/Sony Music release David Bowie's 26th and final studio album "Blackstar" on his 69th birthday; enters charts in US and UK at #1