David Bowie Biography

David Robert Jones (born 8 January 1947), known professionally by his stage name David Bowie, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, actor and arranger. Bowie has been a major figure in the world of popular music for over four decades, and is renowned as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. He is known for his distinctive voice as well as the intellectual depth and eclecticism of his work.

Bowie first caught the eye and ear of the public in July 1969 when his song "Space Oddity" reached the top five of the UK Singles Chart. After a three-year period of experimentation he re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era with the flamboyant, androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust, spearheaded by the hit single "Starman" and the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Bowie's impact at that time, as described by biographer David Buckley, "challenged the core belief of the rock music of its day" and "created perhaps the biggest cult in popular culture." The relatively short-lived Ziggy persona proved merely one facet of a career marked by continual reinvention, musical innovation and striking visual presentation.

In 1975, Bowie achieved his first major American crossover success with the number-one single "Fame" and the hit album Young Americans, which the singer characterised as "plastic soul". The sound constituted a radical shift in style that initially alienated many of his UK devotees. He then confounded the expectations of both his record label and his American audiences by recording the minimalist album Low (1977)--the first of three collaborations with Brian Eno over the next two years. Low, "Heroes", and Lodger, the so-called "Berlin Trilogy" albums, all reached the UK top five and received lasting critical praise. After uneven commercial success in the late 1970s, Bowie had UK number ones with the 1980 single "Ashes to Ashes", its parent album Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps), and "Under Pressure", a 1981 collaboration with Queen. He then reached a new commercial peak in 1983 with Let's Dance, which yielded several hit singles. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Bowie continued to experiment with musical styles, including blue-eyed soul, industrial, adult contemporary, and jungle. He has not toured since the 2003-04 Reality Tour and has not performed live since 2006. Bowie's latest studio album The Next Day was released in March 2013.

Buckley says of Bowie: "His influence has been unique in popular culture--he has permeated and altered more lives than any comparable figure." In the BBC's 2002 poll of the 100 Greatest Britons, Bowie was placed at number 29. Throughout his career, he has sold an estimated 140 million albums. In the UK, he has been awarded nine Platinum album certifications, 11 Gold and eight Silver, and in the US, five Platinum and seven Gold certifications. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him 39th on their list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time", and 23rd on their list of the best singers of all time.

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David Bowie confirms new music will be released 'soon'

The artist released his last album 'The Next Day' in 2013

  • Jul 16, 2014

Bowie's backing band The Spiders From Mars to play Bowie album in full

Tony Visconti and Mick Woodmansey will lead band in recreating 'The Man Who Sold The World'

  • May 23, 2014

David Bowie V&A film 'to receive global cinema release'

Film was previously shown for one day only to coincide with the 'David Bowie Is' exhibition

  • May 2, 2014

David Bowie, Ray Davies and Jazzie B to be celebrated in talks on London Eye

Some 32 talks will take place in capsules on the capital's iconic wheel

  • Apr 30, 2014

David Bowie hints at new album in awards ceremony message

The music legend suggests he is working on new material in a tongue-in-cheek tribute to Columbia US chairman

  • Apr 25, 2014

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Life On Mars?

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Space Oddity

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The Jean Genie

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John, I'm Only Dancing

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David Bowie Reviews

David Bowie - The Next Day

David Bowie - The Next Day

Rather than reinventing Bowie, it absorbs his past and moves it on, hungry for more

  • Mar 4, 2013

David Bowie - 'Where Are We Now?'

Downbeat lead track from 'The Next Day', his first album in 10 years

  • Jan 8, 2013

David Bowie

Live Santa Monica ’72

  • Jul 1, 2008

Bowie, David : Stage

Reissue Of The Week – The Thin White Duke at his live peak

  • Apr 7, 2005

Isle Of Wight Festival : Newport Seaclose Park

Bowie cheers everyone up after the footie...

  • Jul 19, 2004

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