David Bowie Biography (Wikipedia)
David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was a figure in popular music for over five decades, regarded by critics and musicians as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, his music and stagecraft significantly influencing popular music. During his lifetime, his record sales, estimated at 140 million worldwide, made him one of the world's best-selling music artists. In the UK, he was awarded nine platinum album certifications, eleven gold and eight silver, releasing eleven number-one albums. In the US, he received five platinum and seven gold certifications. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
Born and raised in south London, Bowie developed an interest in music as a child, eventually studying art, music and design before embarking on a professional career as a musician in 1963. "Space Oddity" became his first top-five entry on the UK Singles Chart after its release in July 1969. After a period of experimentation, he re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era with his flamboyant and androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust. The character was spearheaded by the success of his single "Starman" and album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, which won him widespread popularity. In 1975, Bowie's style shifted radically towards a sound he characterised as "plastic soul", initially alienating many of his UK devotees but garnering him his first major US crossover success with the number-one single "Fame" and the album Young Americans. In 1976, Bowie starred in the cult film The Man Who Fell to Earth and released Station to Station. The following year, he further confounded musical expectations with the electronic-inflected album Low (1977), the first of three collaborations with Brian Eno that would come to be known as the "Berlin Trilogy". "Heroes"
- David Bowie – charting the Starman’s musical evolutionhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p043895z.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p043895z.jpg2016-08-01T15:45:00.000ZTom Service explores three tracks that illustrate how Bowie evolved musically in 60 seconds.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p0438bj5
David Bowie – charting the Starman’s musical evolution
- Bowie: Starman (arr. Anna Meredith) with Marc Almondhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0430c2f.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0430c2f.jpg2016-07-31T00:37:00.000ZWith the s t a r g a z e collective conducted by André de Ridder.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04332f0
Bowie: Starman (arr. Anna Meredith) with Marc Almond
- Bowie: Heroes (arr.Jherek Bischoff) with Amanda Palmerhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0430bc2.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0430bc2.jpg2016-07-29T23:24:00.000ZWith Amanda Palmer, Anna Calvi,Jherek Bischoff and musicians' collective s t a r g a z e, conducted by André de Ridder.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p0430bcg
Bowie: Heroes (arr.Jherek Bischoff) with Amanda Palmer
- Bowie: Ashes to Ashes (arr. Jherek Bischoff) with Paul Buchananhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0430827.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0430827.jpg2016-07-29T22:33:00.000ZWith Paul Buchanan and the musicians’ collective s t a r g a z e conducted by André de Ridder.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p043082n
Bowie: Ashes to Ashes (arr. Jherek Bischoff) with Paul Buchanan
- Bowie: Station To Station (arr. s t a r g a z e) with Neil Hannon, Amanda Palmerhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p043075t.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p043075t.jpg2016-07-29T22:15:00.000ZNeil Hannon, Amanda Palmer and Conor O'Brien with musicians’ collective s t a r g a z e conducted by André de Ridder.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p0430767
Bowie: Station To Station (arr. s t a r g a z e) with Neil Hannon, Amanda Palmer
- Bowie: Lady Grinning Soul (arr. Jherek Bischoff) with Anna Calvi & Jherek Bischoffhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p043ksjh.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p043ksjh.jpg2016-07-29T22:01:00.000ZWith the s t a r g a z e collective conducted by André de Ridder.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p043l2c3
Bowie: Lady Grinning Soul (arr. Jherek Bischoff) with Anna Calvi & Jherek Bischoff
- "I gave David Bowie a lift in the back of my Mum's car"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04217hp.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04217hp.jpg2016-07-23T10:19:00.000ZChrissie Hynde was working as a waitress when she enjoyed an unbelievable fangirl moment.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p042bswn
"I gave David Bowie a lift in the back of my Mum's car"
- What did Bowie's Let's Dance sound like before Nile Rodgers' production?https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03x5mfr.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03x5mfr.jpg2016-06-03T09:21:00.000ZNile tells the brilliant story of how he transformed David Bowie's Let's Dance.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03x4q45
What did Bowie's Let's Dance sound like before Nile Rodgers' production?
- David Bowie enters the Singers Hall of Famehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03fh261.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03fh261.jpg2016-01-17T19:45:00.000ZDavid Bowie enters the Singers Hall of Famehttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03fh29n
David Bowie enters the Singers Hall of Fame
- David Bowie - Hallo Spaceboy (Later Archive 1995)https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03fm0h2.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03fm0h2.jpg2016-01-15T17:03:00.000ZDavid Bowie performs Hallo Spaceboy on Later... with Jools Holland in 1995.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03fm0ht
David Bowie - Hallo Spaceboy (Later Archive 1995)
- Remembering Bowie in Sound and Vision: Chalkie Davieshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03fb0xy.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03fb0xy.jpg2016-01-13T21:42:00.000ZRock photographer Chalkie Davies from Cardiff, who captured so many of the greats of the 1970s & 1980s, reflects on working with his friend David Bowie.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03ff5gb
Remembering Bowie in Sound and Vision: Chalkie Davies
- David Bowie - Rebel Rebel (Later Archive 2002)https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03fcl49.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03fcl49.jpg2016-01-13T11:44:00.000ZDavid Bowie performs Rebel Rebel on Later... with Jools Holland in 2002.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03fcl5k
David Bowie - Rebel Rebel (Later Archive 2002)
- David Bowie - Cracked Actor (Later Archive 1999)https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03fcj2g.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03fcj2g.jpg2016-01-13T11:23:00.000ZDavid Bowie performs Cracked Actor on Later... with Jools Holland in 1999.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03fcj3f
David Bowie - Cracked Actor (Later Archive 1999)
- "Music has allowed me so many moments of companionship when I've been lonely" - David Bowiehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03f6rq5.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03f6rq5.jpg2016-01-12T08:32:00.000ZChris reflects on the influence of David Bowie with an excerpt of a speech from 1999, speaking to students at Berklee College of Music in the USAhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03f89yw
"Music has allowed me so many moments of companionship when I've been lonely" - David Bowie
- "I've done so many albums, I rarely go outside of my own work"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03f54c3.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03f54c3.jpg2016-01-11T13:45:00.000ZFrom 1995, Mark Radcliffe in conversation with David Bowie on BBC Radio 1 in New Yorkhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03f5psv
"I've done so many albums, I rarely go outside of my own work"
- I paid 60p to see Bowie in Aberystwyth in 1972https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03f5hvf.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03f5hvf.jpg2016-01-11T12:46:00.000ZKeith Morris from Aberystwyth on how he saw the legendary singer at the town's Arts Centre just as Starman took off - in an intimate gig which cost him just 60p.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03f5hyf
I paid 60p to see Bowie in Aberystwyth in 1972
- David Bowie: “Life is a finite thing”https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03f5cxr.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03f5cxr.jpg2016-01-11T12:08:00.000ZIn a 2002 interview, David Bowie speaks about the themes of ageing and death.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03f5cyt
David Bowie: “Life is a finite thing”
- Bowie at the Beebhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01czf95.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01czf95.jpg2013-07-18T14:18:00.000ZAndy Peebles follows Divid Bowie's relationship with the BBC from 1967 to 1972.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01czfb7
Bowie at the Beeb
- Bowie in the 1980'shttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0176dq7.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0176dq7.jpg2013-04-03T11:20:00.000ZDavid Bowie and Nile Rodgers discuss the making of the hit album, Let's Dance.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p0176dqr
Bowie in the 1980's
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