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David Bowie

Born Jan 8, 1947

David Bowie is an English musician, actor, record producer and arranger. A major figure for over four decades in the world of popular music, Bowie is widely regarded as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. He is known for his distinctive voice and the intellectual depth and eclecticism of his work. Bowie first caught the eye and ear of the public in July 1969, when his song "Space Oddity" reached the top five of the UK Singles Chart.… Read More

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1947 Birth David Bowie was born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947, in Brixton, London. … Read More
1953 6 Years Old In 1953 the family moved to the suburb of Bromley, where, two years later, Bowie progressed to Burnt Ash Junior School. … Read More


1961 14 Years Old Bowie studied art, music and design, including layout and typesetting. After Terry Burns, his half-brother, introduced him to modern jazz, his enthusiasm for players like Charles Mingus and John Coltrane led his mother to give him a plastic alto saxophone in 1961; he was soon receiving lessons from a local musician.
1962 15 Years Old 1 More Event
Bowie received a serious injury at school in 1962 when his friend George Underwood punched him in the left eye during a fight over a girl. … Read More


…  His April 1967 solo single, "The Laughing Gnome", using speeded-up thus high-pitched vocals, failed to chart. … Read More
1968 21 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 1968 Kemp choreographed a dance scene for a BBC play The Pistol Shot in the Theatre 625 series, and used Bowie with a dancer, Hermione Farthingale; the pair began dating, and moved into a London flat together.
1969 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Bowie and Farthingale broke up in early 1969 when she went to Norway to take part in a film, Song of Norway; this had an impact on him, and several songs, such as "Letter to Hermione" and "Life on Mars? … Read More
1970 - 1971 2 More Events
With his next venture, Bowie, in the words of biographer David Buckley, "challenged the core belief of the rock music of its day" and "created perhaps the biggest cult in popular culture". Dressed in a striking costume, his hair dyed red, Bowie launched his Ziggy Stardust stage show with the Spiders from Mars—Ronson, Bolder and Woodmansey—at the Toby Jug pub in Tolworth on 10 February 1972. … Read More
1973 26 Years Old Pin Ups, a collection of covers of his 1960s favourites, followed in October, producing a UK number three hit in "Sorrow" and itself peaking at number one, making David Bowie the best-selling act of 1973 in the UK. … Read More
1974 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Bowie moved to the US in 1974, initially staying in New York City before settling in Los Angeles. … Read More
1975 28 Years Old …  In 1975, in a move echoing Ken Pitt's acrimonious dismissal five years earlier, Bowie fired his manager. … Read More
…  Comments made by Bowie and others in 1976 led to the establishment of Rock Against Racism. … Read More


1977 - 1981 5 More Events
1982 35 Years Old 1 More Event
Bowie was given the lead role in the BBC's 1982 televised adaptation of Bertolt Brecht's play Baal. … Read More
1983 36 Years Old 1 More Event
Bowie reached a new peak of popularity and commercial success in 1983 with Let's Dance. … Read More
1985 38 Years Old Bowie performed at Wembley in 1985 for Live Aid, a multi-venue benefit concert for Ethiopian famine relief. … Read More
1986 39 Years Old 1 More Event
Bowie was given a role in the 1986 film Absolute Beginners. … Read More


1987 - 1990 3 More Events
1992 45 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 1992 Bowie appeared at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, following the Queen frontman's death the previous year. … Read More
1993 46 Years Old 1993 saw the release of Bowie's first solo offering since his Tin Machine departure, the soul, jazz and hip-hop influenced Black Tie White Noise. … Read More
1995 48 Years Old Visiting cities in Europe and North America between September 1995 and February the following year, the tour saw the return of Gabrels as Bowie's guitarist.
1996 49 Years Old Bowie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on 17 January 1996. … Read More


1998 - 2000 3 More Events
2001 54 Years Old In October 2001, Bowie opened the Concert for New York City, a charity event to benefit the victims of the 11 September attacks, with a minimalist performance of Simon & Garfunkel's "America", followed by a full band performance of "Heroes". 2002 saw the release of Heathen, and, during the second half of the year, the Heathen Tour. … Read More
…  During a relatively quiet 2005, he recorded the vocals for the song "(She Can) Do That", co-written with Brian Transeau, for the film Stealth.
2006 59 Years Old Bowie was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award on 8 February 2006. … Read More


2007 - 2011 2 More Events
On 8 January 2013 (his 66th birthday), his website announced a new album, to be titled The Next Day and scheduled for release 8 March for Australia, 12 March for the United States and 11 March for the rest of the world. … Read More
At the 2014 Brit Awards on 19 February, Bowie became the oldest recipient of a Brit Award in the ceremony's history when he won the award for Best British Male, which was collected on his behalf by Kate Moss. … Read More
2015 68 Years Old 1 More Event
In May 2015 it was announced that Let’s Dance will be reissued on vinyl on 16 July 2015 in conjunction with the David Bowie is’ exhibition at the Australian Centre For The Moving Image in Melbourne. … Read More
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