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 Born on January 8, 1947.
1953 6 Years Old In 1953, Bowie moved with his family to the suburb of Bromley, where, two years later, he started attending 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


1967 - 1968 5 More Events
Bowie and Farthingale broke up in early 1969 when she went to Norway to take part in a film, Song of Norway; this affected him, and several songs, such as "Letter to Hermione" and "Life on Mars? … Read More
1970 - 1971 2 More Events
Dressed in a striking costume, his hair dyed reddish-brown, 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 - 1975 4 More Events
…  Bowie's positive comments about Hitler, and Eric Clapton's about immigration restrictions 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 his peak of popularity and commercial success in 1983 with Let's Dance. … Read More
1984 - 1985 2 More Events
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
On 20 April 1992, Bowie appeared at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, following the Queen singer's death the previous year. … Read More
1993 46 Years Old In 1993, Bowie released his 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 1996, the tour saw the return of Gabrels as Bowie's guitarist.
1996 49 Years Old 1 More Event
Bowie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on 17 January 1996. … Read More


1997 50 Years Old 1 More Event
On 7 January 1997 Bowie celebrated his half century with a 50th birthday concert at Madison Square Garden, New York, at which he was joined in playing his songs and those of his guests, Lou Reed, Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters, Robert Smith of the Cure, Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins, Frank Black of the Pixies and Sonic Youth.
1998 51 Years Old 1 More Event
Bowie reunited with Visconti in 1998 to record "(Safe in This) Sky Life" for The Rugrats Movie. … Read More
1999 52 Years Old Bowie created the soundtrack for Omikron, a 1999 computer game in which he and Iman also appeared as characters. … Read More
2000 53 Years Old 1 More Event
Sessions for the planned album Toy, intended to feature new versions of some of Bowie's earliest pieces as well as three new songs, commenced in 2000, but the album was never released. … Read More
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.


2007 60 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Nonetheless, the bonds liquidated in 2007 as originally planned, without default, and the rights to the income from the songs reverted to Bowie.
2008 61 Years Old Bowie performed on Scarlett Johansson's 2008 album of Tom Waits covers, Anywhere I Lay My Head. … Read More
2011 64 Years Old In late March 2011, Toy, Bowie's previously unreleased album from 2001, was leaked onto the internet, containing material used for Heathen and most of its single B-sides, as well as unheard new versions of his early back catalogue.
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
In May 2015, "Let's Dance" was announced to be reissued as a yellow vinyl single on 16 July 2015 in conjunction with the "David Bowie is" exhibition at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne.
The theme that was used for The Last Panthers was also the title track for his January 2016 release Blackstar which is said to take cues from his earlier krautrock influenced work.
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