Born David Robert Jones, David Bowie was one of the greatest singers and songwriters, even actor, to come out of Great Britain. For over five decades he was a leader in the music industry and continually shocked and inspired those around him and the masses who followed him. His work was innovative and unique and unlike anything the world had ever seen before. He was very into visual presentation and this was always seen in his life performances, his stage presence was unlike anything anyone had ever seen before. He is one of the bestselling artists of all time selling over 140 million albums worldwide. He received platinum record certifications in both the United States and the United Kingdom and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Truly making him one of the greatest musicians of all time, possibly the greatest to come from the United Kingdom.
He was born in Brixton, South London and had a strong interest in music from an early age. He studied art and music throughout school and started his career as a professional musician in 1963. His first album to reach the top five on the UK Singles Chart was Space Oddity in 1969. He then took a brief break to experiment with his sound and style, he came back stronger and better than ever in 1972. During the glam rock era that was the 70’s he emerged with his alter ego Ziggy Stardust, a flamboyant and androgynous characterizer that was the forefront of the success of his single Starman. He shifted sounds once again in 1975 to what he characterized as “plastic soul” this shift lost him many of his devoted fans in the United Kingdom, but this did help transport him across the pond to the United States. He released many more albums in the years to come and all of them reached the top five in the UK charts. HIs musical career was long and vast, he continued to have number one hits into the 80’s with songs, such as “Ashes to Ashes” “Under Pressure” with which he collaborated with Queen on.
He also saw success as an actor throughout the years. He was the Goblin King in Labyrinth, one of his more popular roles and then later on in 2006 he played Nikola Tesla in The Prestige. He never stopped experimenting and creating new music, his sounds continually evolved and changed, and he grew with the changes throughout pop and rock music. He released his final album in 2016 called Blackstar, sadly he died of liver cancer only two days after the release of the album. He left behind one of the greatest musical legacy of all time. He was a true innovator in sounds and a masterful poet of words. He will no doubt be missed by the masses, those both in the industry whom he worked with and those who enjoyed his creative work over the years. But we will always remember the great David Bowie.