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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 by critics and other musicians as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. His androgynous appearance was an iconic element of his image, 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 ...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 by critics and other musicians as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. His androgynous appearance was an iconic element of his image, 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 during much of the 1960s were frustrating. "Space Oddity" became his first top five entry on the UK Singles Chart after its releaseinJuly1969.After a three-year 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 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"created perhaps 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 the albumYoungAmericans,whichthe singer characterised as "plastic soul". The sound constituted a radical shift in style that initially alienated many 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 "Berlin Trilogy"albums—allreached the UKtop five and received lasting critical praise. After uneven commercial success in the late 1970s, Bowie had UKnumberoneswith the 1980 single"Ashes to Ashes", its parent album Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), and "Under Pressure", a 1981collaborationwithQueen. He thenreached a new commercial peak in 1983 with Let's Dance, which yielded several successful singles.Throughout the 1990sand2000s, Bowiecontinued to experiment with musical styles, including blue-eyed soul, industrial, adult contemporary,and jungle. Bowiealsohad a successful,but sporadic film career. His acting roles include the eponymous character in The Man Who Fell toEarth (1976),MajorCelliers in MerryChristmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983), Jareth, the Goblin King in Labyrinth (1986), Pontius Pilate in MartinScorsese's TheLastTemptation of Christ(1988), and Nikola Tesla in The Prestige (2006), among other film and television appearances andcameos.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
815 Votes
The Next Day
03/08/2013

3.8
556 Votes
Reality
2003

3.4
253 Votes
Heathen
2002

3.7
345 Votes
Hours
1999

3
227 Votes
Earthling
1997

3.5
313 Votes
Outside
1995

3.7
309 Votes
The Buddha of Suburbia
1993

3.2
102 Votes
Black Tie White Noise
1993

2.9
196 Votes
Never Let Me Down
1987

1.9
235 Votes
Tonight
1984

2.5
229 Votes
Let's Dance
1983

3.4
494 Votes
Scary Monsters
1980

4.2
628 Votes
Lodger
1979

3.9
458 Votes
"Heroes"
1977

4.3
1,002 Votes
Low
1977

4.4
1,195 Votes
Station to Station
1976

4.4
815 Votes
Young Americans
1975

3.7
465 Votes
Diamond Dogs
1974

3.9
588 Votes
Pin Ups
1973

2.8
280 Votes
Aladdin Sane
1973

4.2
830 Votes
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust...
1972

4.6
1,863 Votes
Hunky Dory
1971

4.4
1,256 Votes
The Man Who Sold the World
1970

4
710 Votes
Space Oddity
1969

3.6
587 Votes
David Bowie
1967

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

3.5
19 Votes
Bowie 1965!
04/20/2013

3.5
1 Votes
Earthling in the City
1997

3.5
2 Votes
Baal
1982

3.8
3 Votes
Live Albums
A Reality Tour
2010

4
27 Votes
Live At Nassau Coliseum '76
2010

4.5
3 Votes
Live In Santa Monica '72
2008

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

4.4
14 Votes
Bowie at the Beeb
2000

4.1
22 Votes
Glass Spider Tour
1988

4
1 Votes
Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture
1983

4
40 Votes
Stage
1978

4
38 Votes
David Live
1974

3.5
31 Votes
Compilations
Five Years: 1969-1973
2015

4.6
5 Votes
Nothing Has Changed
2014

4.4
24 Votes
The Best Of 1980-1987
2007

4
11 Votes
The Platinum Collection
2005

4.3
17 Votes
Best of Bowie
2002

3.9
105 Votes
The Best Of 1974-1979
1998

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

4.4
17 Votes
The Deram Anthology 1966-1968
1997

3.2
7 Votes
The Singles Collection
1993

4.5
19 Votes
Changesbowie
1990

3.8
7 Votes
Sound + Vision
1989

4.5
10 Votes
Fame And Fashion
1984

2.8
7 Votes
Love You Till Tuesday
1984

3
1 Votes
Golden Years
1983

2.6
5 Votes
Rare
1982

3.3
2 Votes
Changestwobowie
1981

3.6
11 Votes
Christiane F.
1981

3.4
16 Votes
Changesonebowie
1976

4.1
31 Votes

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