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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 considered bycritics and other musicians as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. His androgynous appearance was an iconic element of hisimage, 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 ...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 considered bycritics and other musicians as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. His androgynous appearance was an iconic element of hisimage, 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 star duringmuch of the 1960s were frustrating. "Space Oddity" became his first top five entry on the UK Singles Chart after its releaseinJuly1969.After athree-year period of experimentation, he re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era with his flamboyant and androgynous alter ego ZiggyStardust. The character was spearheaded by his single "Starman" and 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 therockmusic of itsday" and"createdperhaps the biggest cult in popular culture". The relatively short-lived Ziggy persona proved to be one facetof acareermarked byreinvention,musical innovation and visual presentation.

In 1975, Bowie achieved his first major American crossover success with the number-one single "Fame" and thealbumYoungAmericans,whichthe singer characterised as "plastic soul". The sound constituted a radical shift in style that initially alienatedmany ofhis UKdevotees.He thenconfounded the expectations of both his record label and his American audiences by recording the electronic-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 several successfulsingles.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 The ManWho Fell toEarth (1976),MajorCelliers in MerryChristmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983), Jareth, the Goblin King in Labyrinth (1986), Pontius Pilate inMartinScorsese's TheLastTemptation of Christ(1988), and Nikola Tesla in The Prestige (2006), among other film and television appearancesandcameos.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
989 Votes
The Next Day
03/08/2013

3.8
593 Votes
Reality
2003

3.4
271 Votes
Heathen
2002

3.7
364 Votes
Hours
1999

3
246 Votes
Earthling
1997

3.4
334 Votes
Outside
1995

3.7
327 Votes
The Buddha of Suburbia
1993

3.2
113 Votes
Black Tie White Noise
1993

2.8
214 Votes
Never Let Me Down
1987

1.9
256 Votes
Tonight
1984

2.4
249 Votes
Let's Dance
1983

3.4
522 Votes
Scary Monsters
1980

4.2
665 Votes
Lodger
1979

3.9
493 Votes
"Heroes"
1977

4.3
1,061 Votes
Low
1977

4.4
1,258 Votes
Station to Station
1976

4.4
867 Votes
Young Americans
1975

3.7
485 Votes
Diamond Dogs
1974

3.9
615 Votes
Pin Ups
1973

2.8
295 Votes
Aladdin Sane
1973

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

4.6
1,953 Votes
Hunky Dory
1971

4.4
1,322 Votes
The Man Who Sold the World
1970

4
741 Votes
Space Oddity
1969

3.6
619 Votes
David Bowie
1967

2.6
253 Votes
EPs
The Next Day Extra
11/04/2013

3.5
19 Votes
Bowie 1965!
04/20/2013

Earthling in the City
1997

4
1 Votes
Baal
1982

3.8
2 Votes
Live Albums
A Reality Tour
2010

4
30 Votes
Live At Nassau Coliseum '76
2010

4.2
8 Votes
Live In Santa Monica '72
2008

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

4.4
15 Votes
Bowie at the Beeb
2000

4.1
24 Votes
Glass Spider Tour
1988

Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture
1983

4
41 Votes
Stage
1978

4
40 Votes
David Live
1974

3.5
31 Votes
Compilations
Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976)
2016

5
1 Votes
Five Years: 1969-1973
2015

4.6
5 Votes
Nothing Has Changed
2014

4.4
25 Votes
The Best Of 1980-1987
2007

4
10 Votes
The Platinum Collection
2005

4.3
16 Votes
Best of Bowie
2002

3.9
107 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

4.4
19 Votes
Changesbowie
1990

3.8
7 Votes
Sound + Vision
1989

4.5
9 Votes
Fame And Fashion
1984

2.8
6 Votes
Love You Till Tuesday
1984

3
1 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
31 Votes

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