David BowieBorn 8 January 1947. Died 10 January 2016
David Bowie Biography (Wikipedia)
David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie (, BOH-ee) was an English singer-songwriter and actor. He was a leading figure in the music industry and is considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, acclaimed by critics and musicians, particularly for his innovative work during the 1970s. His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, with his music and stagecraft having a significant impact on popular music. During his lifetime, his record sales, estimated at 140 million albums worldwide, made him one of the world's best-selling music artists. In the UK, he was awarded ten platinum album certifications, eleven gold and eight silver, and released eleven number-one albums. In the US, he received five platinum and nine gold certifications. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
Born in Brixton, 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, directed by Nicolas Roeg, and released Station to Station. The following year, he further confounded musical expectations with the electronic-inflected album Low
- Tom Hingston: How to capture an artist in one imagehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p06sqw6p.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p06sqw6p.jpg2018-11-24T09:15:00.000ZMary Anne speaks to Tom Hingston about his design work for musicians.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p06sqvv8
Tom Hingston: How to capture an artist in one image
- David Bowie course offered at Leeds Universityhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p06lyb7b.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p06lyb7b.jpg2018-09-23T10:04:00.000Z'Bowie, Reading, Writing' is a hit with students!https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p06ly9nk
David Bowie course offered at Leeds University
- Robert Smith talks about David Bowie's unique Meltdown headline show in 2002 ahead of curating his own Meltdown Festival.https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p069zymb.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p069zymb.jpg2018-06-13T16:55:00.000ZRobert Smith of The Cure talks about catching David Bowie's unique Meltdown headline show in 2002 ahead of curating his own Meltdown Festival.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p069zxzb
Robert Smith talks about David Bowie's unique Meltdown headline show in 2002 ahead of curating his own Meltdown Festival.
- A surgeon's operating playlisthttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p065nxpy.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p065nxpy.jpg2018-04-29T11:00:00.000ZConsultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon Samer Nashef picks his favourite tunes for the operating theatre.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p065nwxn
A surgeon's operating playlist
- "That was a musical highlight of my life" - Win Butler on leading a parade celebrating the life of David Bowiehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p064k869.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p064k869.jpg2018-04-17T09:32:00.000ZWin Butler looks back at the special relationship between Arcade Fire and David Bowie.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p064k69h
"That was a musical highlight of my life" - Win Butler on leading a parade celebrating the life of David Bowie
- How the arts can combat climate changehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0601kl6.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0601kl6.jpg2018-03-04T10:01:00.000ZMary Anne is joined by Alison Tickell of Julie's Bicycle, a global charity that works to bridge the gap between environmental sustainability and the creative industries.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p0601k6p
How the arts can combat climate change
- 6 Music Breakfast plays radio world exclusive of David Bowie's "Let's Dance" and Matt chats to Nile Rodgershttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05t5hlg.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05t5hlg.jpg2018-01-08T11:50:00.000ZTo celebrate David Bowie's 71st birthday, 6 Music Breakfast plays a world radio exclusive of the demo version to "Let's Dance" featuring Nile Rodgers and Matt chats with Nile.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05t5gmz
6 Music Breakfast plays radio world exclusive of David Bowie's "Let's Dance" and Matt chats to Nile Rodgers
- Jon Culshaw to play Bowie in new BBC radio dramahttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05ss52f.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05ss52f.jpg2018-01-07T09:05:00.000ZMary Anne speaks to Dead Ringers star Jon Culshaw about his role in a new BBC radio drama about David Bowie.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05ss3sk
Jon Culshaw to play Bowie in new BBC radio drama
- David Bowie, Elvis Presley and the collaboration that never washttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05ss9rq.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05ss9rq.jpg2018-01-07T09:05:00.000ZBowie fan Jon Culshaw talks to us about the time Elvis Presley wanted to work with David Bowie.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05ss8dt
David Bowie, Elvis Presley and the collaboration that never was
- R.E.M. on meeting David Bowiehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p053577c.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p053577c.jpg2017-12-08T12:23:00.000Z"He did not stop talking for 3 hours."https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p0532jx5
R.E.M. on meeting David Bowie
- Denis O'Regan: Backstage Photographing David Bowiehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05pyky1.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05pyky1.jpg2017-12-03T12:51:00.000ZMary Anne speaks to David Bowie's official tour photographer Denis O'Regan, as part of Art is Everywhere 2017.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05pyg73
Denis O'Regan: Backstage Photographing David Bowie
- Bowie on Eno on Bowie; both talking in 1977, a proper pair of 'Heroes'https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05l2m8p.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05l2m8p.jpg2017-10-28T00:50:00.000ZFascinating interviews with Bowie and Eno talking about each other in 1977 as they both released key albums; Heroes and Before and After Science.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05l24h0
Bowie on Eno on Bowie; both talking in 1977, a proper pair of 'Heroes'
- The Story of 'Let's Dance' - Nile Rodgershttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05dx39f.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05dx39f.jpg2017-09-02T08:20:00.000ZNile Rodgers talks to us about how a photo of Little Richard inspired the sound of his hit with David Bowie, 'Let's Dance'.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05dwt7b
The Story of 'Let's Dance' - Nile Rodgers
- Nile Rodgers chats to Mary Anne Hobbshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05dx64m.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05dx64m.jpg2017-09-02T08:20:00.000ZMary Anne chats to music legend Nile Rodgers about happiness, David Bowie, family, survival and the future.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05dx4l4
Nile Rodgers chats to Mary Anne Hobbs
- Goldie: Key of Life Interview with Mary Annehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05d7my8.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05d7my8.jpg2017-08-27T08:31:00.000ZThe full, brilliant interview with musician and artist Goldie.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05d7mn0
Goldie: Key of Life Interview with Mary Anne
- 'I'm painting 12 Bowie portraits' - Goldiehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05d7ky5.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05d7ky5.jpg2017-08-26T08:15:00.000ZMusician and artist Goldie opens up to us about a new painting project he is working on.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05d7kfk
'I'm painting 12 Bowie portraits' - Goldie
- Bowie and Goldie: The Making of 'Truth'https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05d7k1k.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05d7k1k.jpg2017-08-26T08:10:00.000ZMusician and artist Goldie on his experience of making 'Truth' with David Bowie, for his 1998 album 'Saturnz Return'.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05d7jth
Bowie and Goldie: The Making of 'Truth'
- Rick Wakeman - Space Oddity (David Bowie tribute)https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04p6y9k.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04p6y9k.jpg2017-05-31T08:05:00.000ZRick Wakeman, keyboardist on the original Space Oddity, performs the song in BBC Radio 2's Piano Room in memory of David Bowie.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p053pbs7
Rick Wakeman - Space Oddity (David Bowie tribute)
- What happened when Angie met David Bowie?https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0538jvl.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0538jvl.jpg2017-05-21T16:03:00.000ZAngie Bowie shares stories of ex-husband, David Bowie.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p0538mtq
What happened when Angie met David Bowie?
David Bowie Tracks
Past BBC Events
Mercury Prize: 2016
Latest David Bowie News
Performances & Interviews from Similar Artists
6 Music artists choose their all-time favourite lyrics
How the arts can combat climate change
How varied are your musical tastes?
What music are you a fan of?
"This is the sound of the future. Come back in a couple of years' time." Bryan Ferry remembers the Roxy Music demo rejections
Iggy Pop chats to Mary Anne Hobbs
Iggy Pop talks about the flat he shared with David Bowie
Iggy Pop: 'Who Am I? I Am Nothing'
Sleaford Mods surprise Iggy Pop with a Birthday message!
Iggy Pop talks about life at 70