David Bowie was an English singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, actor, and arranger. He became well-known in the 1970s. He first became popular in 1969 when he came out with his song “Space Oddity” which reached number five on the U.K. Singles chart. After experimenting in different music styles in 1972 he emerged again during the glam rock period with the flamboyant, androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust and the hit single “Starman” from the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. This was just the first step toward an amazing and innovative career.
David Bowie became popular in the U.S. in 1975 with his album Young Americans and his hit single “Fame”. His next album Low was the first of his “Berlin Trilogy” albums and they all hit the U.K. charts. His next single was “Ashes to Ashes” from the album Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps).
In 1981 David Bowie collaborated with Queen on “Under Pressure”. In 1983 his album Let’s Dance included the hits “Modern Love” and “China Girl”. He performed at Wembley in 1985 for Live Aid.
His duet with Mick Jagger “Dancing in the Street” hit number one on the charts. From his album The Falcon and the Snowman “This is Not America” became a Top 40 hit both in the U.K. and the U.S. Trying out a hard rock sound in 1987 he released the album Never Let Me Down and scored big with the hits “Day-In, Day-Out”, “Time Will Crawl” and “Never Let Me Down”.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame January 17, 1996, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. All through the 1990s and 2000s, he kept on experimenting with musical styles which included blue-eyed soul, industrial, adult contemporary, and jungle. His last tour was his Reality Tour 2003 – 2004 and he hasn’t performed live since 2006.
David Bowie has been listed among the 100 Greatest Britons. Throughout his career he has sold around 140 million albums. In the U.K. he has been awarded nine Platinum albums, 11 Gold, and 8 Silver. In the U.S. he has 5 Platinum and 7 Gold. He is on Rolling Stones magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
Sadly David Bowie joined the rock and roll band in the sky when he died of liver cancer on January 10, 2016.