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David Bowie was one of the most commercially successful singers in history, while also being an artistic influence on rock and pop music. With only small lows, his career as a musician lasted from his first recordings as a 15-year-old in 1962 until shortly before his death in 2016 at the age of 68, when he had released his last album just a few months earlier. David Bowie also made a name for himself as an actor.
David Bowie was born into modest but secure circumstances in London, the son of a marketing director and a waitress. Bowie was born on January 8, 1947. His homeland, where he also grew up, was the Brixton district. At the beginning of the 1950s his family experienced a certain social advancement, which is why they moved to the somewhat better-off suburb of Bromley.
He first got seriously involved in music when his father gave him rock ‘n’ roll singles including Little Richards’ “Tutti Frutti” when he was 9 years old. Also relevant to Bowie’s approach to music was his older step-brother Terry, who took him to concerts in Soho, an area of London known for its entertainment scene. So it happened that David Bowie was already involved in the first recordings at the age of only 15. In the band The Kon-Rads he sang and played the saxophone. Since there was no significant success with another song recorded in 1963, David Bowie soon left this band again.
1964 was followed by the first single under his own name, the real name was David Robert Jones, which was also unsuccessful. David Bowie continued his musical career in various bands and groups in London. He again recorded a record as a solo artist in 1967, which was not a resounding success.
It wasn’t until David Bowie met his future producer, Tony Visconti, that his career really took off.
In early 1969 a promotional film was released featuring some of David Bowie’s tracks, the last being in the film Space Oddity, which Bowie had written under the impressions of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. As early as November 1969, Bowie’s second album and a new version of “Space Oddity” were released, which was to become his first big hit and thus made his breakthrough possible.
However, other, less successful publications followed, including two singles that were not well received. David Bowie’s ultimate breakthrough came with the album “Hunky Dory”, which, however, also included musicians such as Tony Visconti, Mick Ronson on guitar and John Cambridge on drums. Bowie’s works at this time were stylistically oriented not least because of Ronson’s work on the hard rock of that time. His stage outfit, on the other hand, became more androgynous, and many influences from the world of theater found their way into the performances of Bowie and his musicians.
In 1972 the success of “Hunky Dory” was surpassed by the concept album “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” and Bowie was finally promoted to a worldwide star.
This was followed by collaborations with Lou Reed and with John Lennon, with whom he released another No. 1 hit called “Fame”. During this period in the mid-1970s, Bowie lived in New York before moving to Berlin, divided by the Wall, where he lived for a time with Iggy Pop. The Berlin “trilogy” of his albums dates from this period, on which the track “Heroes” was probably the greatest success of his entire career.
In addition to a film appearance in “Christiane F. – Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo” followed another top hit with “Ashes to Ashes” and then in cooperation with the band Queen the piece “Under Pressure”, also a worldwide success. In the mid-1980s, however, his album sales dropped noticeably for the first time, and the works from that time are considered the weakest in Bowie’s career.
In the 1990s he reoriented himself artistically, turned to drum’n’bass or rather elements of earth music. It didn’t regain full commercial success until, in the early 2000s, – at least according to fans – it reverted to an older Bowie style. This success then lasted with several albums until the end of his life. However, since suffering a heart attack in 2004, Bowie has completely renounced concert tours, which did not change his success as a musician.
Famous quotes from David Bowie
David Bowie also created some famous quotes during his work, e.g. B. these:
“I’m always amazed that people take seriously what I say. I don’t even take seriously what I am.”
“Religion is for people who are afraid of hell. Spirituality is for people who have been there.”
Amazing facts about David Bowie
After a youth fight, Bowie had two pupils that appeared to be of different colors because the damaged eye could no longer contract and therefore appeared darker.
Bowie, who often appears androgynous to feminine, kept his sexual orientation a secret for a long time before announcing in Melody Maker that he was gay. Apparently this was just marketing or it didn’t stay that way forever as he was married twice and also fathered two children. His second marriage to a Somali model lasted from 1992 to the end of his life.
His ashes were scattered at his request according to a Buddhist ceremony in Bali, where the Indonesian lover owned a villa.