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David Bowie

David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, painter and actor. He was a figure in popular music for over four decades, and was consideredbycritics and other musicians as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. His androgynous appearance was an iconic element ofhisimage, principally in the 1970s and 1980s.

Born and raised in Brixton, south London, Bowie developed an early interest in music although his attempts to succeed as a pop st ...read more

David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, painter and actor. He was a figure in popular music for over four decades, and was consideredbycritics and other musicians as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. His androgynous appearance was an iconic element ofhisimage, principally in the 1970s and 1980s.

Born and raised in Brixton, south London, Bowie developed an early interest in music although his attempts to succeed as a pop starduringmuch of the 1960s were frustrating. "Space Oddity" became his first top five entry on the UK Singles Chart after itsreleaseinJuly1969.After athree-year period of experimentation, he re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era with his flamboyant andandrogynous alter ego ZiggyStardust. The character was spearheaded by his single "Starman" and album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardustand the Spiders from Mars.Bowie's impact at that time, as described by biographer David Buckley, "challenged the core belief oftherockmusic of itsday" and"createdperhaps the biggest cult in popular culture". The relatively short-lived Ziggy persona proved to be onefacetof acareermarked byreinvention,musical innovation and visual presentation.

In 1975, Bowie achieved his first major American crossover success with the number-one single "Fame" andthealbumYoungAmericans,whichthe singer characterised as "plastic soul". The sound constituted a radical shift in style that initiallyalienatedmany ofhis UKdevotees.He thenconfounded the expectations of both his record label and his American audiences by recording theelectronic-inflectedalbumLow, thefirst ofthree collaborations with Brian Eno. Low (1977), "Heroes" (1977), and Lodger (1979)—the so-called"BerlinTrilogy"albums—allreached the UKtop five and received lasting critical praise. After uneven commercial success in the late 1970s,Bowie hadUKnumberoneswith the 1980 single"Ashes to Ashes", its parent album Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), and "Under Pressure",a1981collaborationwithQueen. He thenreached a new commercial peak in 1983 with Let's Dance, which yielded severalsuccessfulsingles.Throughout the 1990sand2000s, Bowiecontinued to experiment with musical styles, including blue-eyed soul, industrial,adultcontemporary,and jungle. Bowiealsohad a successful,but sporadic film career. His acting roles include the eponymous character in TheManWho Fell toEarth (1976),MajorCelliers in MerryChristmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983), Jareth, the Goblin King in Labyrinth (1986), Pontius PilateinMartinScorsese's TheLastTemptation of Christ(1988), and Nikola Tesla in The Prestige (2006), among other film and televisionappearancesandcameos.Bowiestopped touring after his2003–04 Reality Tour, and last performed live at a charity event in 2006.

On 8 January 2016, the date of Bowie's 69th birthday, his final studio album Blackstar was released; he died two days later. « hide

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LPs
Blackstar
2016

4.3
1,436 Votes
The Next Day
03/08/2013

3.7
693 Votes
Reality
2003

3.3
339 Votes
Heathen
2002

3.6
433 Votes
Hours
1999

3
301 Votes
Earthling
1997

3.4
408 Votes
Outside
1995

3.6
395 Votes
The Buddha of Suburbia
1993

3
152 Votes
Black Tie White Noise
1993

2.8
272 Votes
Never Let Me Down
1987

1.9
315 Votes
Tonight
1984

2.4
299 Votes
Let's Dance
1983

3.4
612 Votes
Scary Monsters
1980

4.2
763 Votes
Lodger
1979

3.8
567 Votes
"Heroes"
1977

4.3
1,230 Votes
Low
1977

4.5
1,473 Votes
Station to Station
1976

4.4
1,018 Votes
Young Americans
1975

3.7
576 Votes
Diamond Dogs
1974

3.9
719 Votes
Pin Ups
1973

2.8
337 Votes
Aladdin Sane
1973

4.2
998 Votes
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
1972

4.6
2,207 Votes
Hunky Dory
1971

4.4
1,494 Votes
The Man Who Sold the World
1970

4
852 Votes
Space Oddity
1969

3.6
717 Votes
David Bowie
1967

2.5
324 Votes
EPs
No Plan
2017

3.7
158 Votes
The Next Day Extra
11/04/2013

3.6
23 Votes
Bowie 1965!
04/20/2013

3
1 Votes
Earthling in the City
1997

3.5
2 Votes
Baal
1982

3.5
4 Votes
Live Albums
Cracked Actor
2017

4
4 Votes
A Reality Tour
2010

4
33 Votes
Live At Nassau Coliseum '76
2010

4.3
14 Votes
Live In Santa Monica '72
2008

4.3
50 Votes
BBC Radio Theatre: London June 27, 2000
2001

4.4
15 Votes
Bowie at the Beeb
2000

4.1
29 Votes
Glass Spider
1988

2.3
2 Votes
Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture
1983

4
47 Votes
Stage
1978

3.9
49 Votes
David Live
1974

3.4
39 Votes
Compilations
Legacy
2016

4
3 Votes
Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976)
2016

4.9
5 Votes
Five Years: 1969-1973
2015

4.7
9 Votes
Nothing Has Changed
2014

4.3
28 Votes
The Best Of 1980-1987
2007

4
10 Votes
The Platinum Collection
2005

4.3
17 Votes
Best of Bowie
2002

3.9
110 Votes
The Best Of 1974-1979
1998

4.5
13 Votes
The Best Of David Bowie 1969-1974
1997

4.4
16 Votes
The Deram Anthology 1966-1968
1997

3.4
6 Votes
The Singles Collection
1993

4.5
18 Votes
Changesbowie
1990

3.8
8 Votes
Sound + Vision
1989

4.5
10 Votes
Love You Till Tuesday
1984

3
1 Votes
Fame And Fashion
1984

2.8
6 Votes
Golden Years
1983

2.6
4 Votes
Rare
1982

3.3
2 Votes
Changestwobowie
1981

3.6
10 Votes
Christiane F.
1981

3.5
15 Votes
Changesonebowie
1976

4.1
34 Votes

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