David Bowie was a figure in popular music for over five decades and was considered as an innovator by many critics and other musicians, particularly for his work in the 1970s. As well as being a singer song write, he was also
David Bowie was actually born David Robert Jones, on 8th January 1947 in Brixton, South London, England. Despite receiving a serious injury, in a fight over a girl, from his friend George Underwood, Bowie was left with faulty depth perception and a permanently dilated pupil which gave a false impression of a change in iris colour. Despite their altercation, Underwood and Bowie remained good friends, and Underwood went on to create the artwork for Bowie's early albums.
Bowie formed his first band at the age of 15, playing guitar-based rock and roll and it was known as the Konrads. Bowie left the Konrads to join another band, known as the King Bees, where Bowie managed to release his first debut single ‘Liza Jane’.
Dissatisfied with his stage name ‘Davy Jones’, Bowie renamed himself after the 19th century American frontiersman Jim Bowie. After the changing of his name, Bowie moved on to work with more musicians such as Bill Fury, and he undertook small tours with Marc Bolan’s duo Tyrannosaurus Rex.
On 11th July 1969, 5 days ahead of the Apollo 11 launch, “Space oddity” was released. This was Bowie’s first successful single and reached the top 5 in the UK. Check it out...
From here, Bowie went onto undertake more tours, launching his Ziggy Stardust stage show with the Spiders of Mars in 1972. “Aladdin Sane”, released in 1973, topped the UK chart and became Bowie’s first number one album.
One of his last songs was Lazarus, released in 2016 from the album 'Blackstar'. It was a vividly moving experience just days after his death. Check it out and be sure to comment on which of Bowie's songs was your favorite.