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The Legend of David Bowie

Written By Claire Burley -

Born on January 8th 1947, David Bowie was one of the finest and most original musicians who have lived in the country. In his fist hit in 1969, Bowie played a sci-fi character for his breakout album, Ziggy Stardust. He also co-wrote the single "Fame" in 1975 with John Lennon and Carlos Alomar that turned out to be his first American No 1 single. He also starred in The Man who Fell To Earth in 1976 and his name was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. He died at the age of 69 form cancer on 10th of January 2016

An Overview of his Career:

David showed interest in music from an early age as he began playing the saxophone from age 13 and was inspired by his half-brother Terry, who introduced him to the world of rock music and beat literature. But Terry had a mental illness that caused his family to admit him in an institution that affected David for a very long period in his life. After Terry committed suicide in 1985, David became disturbed that was expressed in his song "Jump" they say.

At 16, he graduated from Bromley Technical School and started working as a commercial artist. He continued his passion for music and hooked up with lots of bands also leading some himself such as Davy Jones and the Lower Third. He released several singles during this period, but none of them gained much popularity.

By 1969, Bowie had started a full-time career in music and he released the single "Space Oddity" and the song quickly gained popularity with the public and was used in the coverage of Apollo 11 by the BBC. The song later became popular in the US as it was released in 1972. His next album, The Man Who Sold The World (1970) increased his popularity and took him to greater heights of stardom.

In 1971, he released the album "Hunky Dorie" that featured two hits: The title track and "Changes".
His 1972 Album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, made him a superstar. Dressed in wild costumes that presumably came from some sort of wild future, Bowie signaled a new age of pop music as he played Stardust himself.

However, Bowie did not stay as Ziggy Stardust for long and soon he produced albums for Lou Reed and Iggy Pop. With his album Aladdin Sane (released in 1973),he continued on in a similar glam rock style and around this time he showed his affection for early English Mod scene and released Pin Ups, an album that was filled with cover songs by popular bands like Pretty Things and Pink Floyd.

He went through a full scale makeover by the mid 1970 and he released David Live(1974) and Young Americans (1975). Living in New York in 1980, Bowie released Scary Monsters and then he released another album in 1983, Modern Love.

As an actor, he played the lead role of The Man Who fell on earth and starred on Broadway in The Elephant Man, a performance for which he was acclaimed. In 1996, he starred as Jareth, The Goblin King in the film Labyrinth. He kept bouncing between acting and music over the next decade and this had a negative impact on his music career. Apart from a few hits, he was unable to produce anything that gave him the popularity his works did in the past.

He received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 2006 and kept a low profile until the release of his album The Next Day in 2013 which reached to number 2 on the Billboard charts. In 2014, Bowie releases a hits collection Nothing has Changed, that featured a new song.

Blackstar, his last album was released on January 8, 2016. He sadly passed away two days later on 10th January 2016 after battling cancer for 18 months. The legendary star was survived by his son Duncan Jones, his adored wife Iman, daughter Alexandria and his step daughter Zulekha Haywood. He also left behind 26 albums for the world to remember him forever.

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