David Bowie
(1947-2016)

Died aged 69

David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie (/ˈboʊi/), was an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was a figure in popular music for over five decades, regarded by critics and musicians as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, his music and stagecraft significantly influencing popular music. During his lifetime, his record sales, estimated at 140 million worldwide, made him one of the world's best-selling music artists. In the UK, he was awarded nine platinum album certifications, eleven gold and eight silver, releasing eleven number-one albums. In the US, he received five platinum and seven gold certifications. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Born and raised in South London, Bowie developed an interest in music as a child, eventually studying art, music and design before embarking on a professional career as a musician in 1963. "Space Oddity" became his first top-five entry on the UK Singles Chart after its release in July 1969. After a 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 the success of his single "Starman" and album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, which won him widespread popularity. In 1975, Bowie's style shifted radically towards a sound he characterised as "plastic soul", initially alienating many of his UK devotees but garnering him his first major US crossover success with the number-one single "Fame" and the album Young Americans. In 1976, Bowie starred in the cult film The Man Who Fell to Earth and released Station to Station. The following year, he further confounded musical expectations with the electronic-inflected album Low (1977), the first of three collaborations with Brian Eno that would come to be known as the "Berlin Trilogy". "Heroes" (1977) and Lodger (1979) followed; each album reached the UK top five and received lasting critical praise. After uneven commercial success in the late 1970s, Bowie had UK number ones with the 1980 single "Ashes to Ashes", its parent album Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), and "Under Pressure", a 1981 collaboration with Queen. He then reached his commercial peak in 1983 with Let's Dance, with its title track topping both UK and US charts. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Bowie continued to experiment with musical styles, including industrial and jungle. Bowie also continued acting; his roles included Major Celliers in Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983), the Goblin King Jareth in Labyrinth (1986), Pontius Pilate in The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), and Nikola Tesla in The Prestige (2006), among other film and television appearances and cameos. He stopped concert touring after 2004 and his last live performance was at a charity event in 2006. In 2013, Bowie returned from a decade-long recording hiatus with the release of The Next Day. He remained musically active until he died of liver cancer two days after the release of his final album, Blackstar (2016).

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band member of The Manish Boys 1964-65

Commemorated on 9 plaques

The Orford Cellar In the 1960s the Orford Cellar hosted performances from rock legends Jimi Hendrix, Ginger Baker, Rod Stewart, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Elton John and Geno Washington, courtesy of local impresario Howard Platt.The place to try out a new line-up before touring, the Orford also featured long lived and popular local acts including Lucas and The Emperors and The Continentals

Red Lion Street, Norwich, United Kingdom where he performed

David Bowie rock musician lived in Beckenham and launched his career in The Three Tuns 1969 - 1973

157 High Street, Beckenham, United Kingdom where he lived near

This marks the location of the cover photograph for the iconic David Bowie album 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars'. Ziggy Stardust 1972

23 Heddon Street, just off Regent Street, W1, London, United Kingdom where he was

This the former site of the... 1960s Flamingo Club where Georgie Fame recorded Night Train 1970s Whiskey -a-go-go where James Brown and Kool & the Gang played 1980s & 90s The Wag Club In 1984 David Bowie filmed the MTV video Blue Jean here

33-37 Wardour Street, London, United Kingdom where he filmed the MTV video Blue Jean (1984)

Pompey Pop. Site of The Birdcage Club. Rikki Farr originally opened the club at Kimbells on 25th February 1965 and later transferred it to a building that stood on this site in August 1965. The club ran until August 1967. Among bands who appeared here were The Who, The Moody Blues, The Action, Cream, Pink Floyd, Rod Stewart, Jimmy James and the Vagabonds, Geno Washington, David Bowie, Small Faces, Spencer Davis & Georgie Fame 1960s Heritage Site

114 Eastney Road, Portsmouth, United Kingdom where he played

In diesem Hause wohnte von 1976 bis 1978 David Bowie 8.1.1947-10.1.2016. In dieser Zeit enstanden die Alben Low, Heroes und Lodger. Sie gingen als Berliner Trilogie in fie Musikgeschichte ein. "We can be heroes, just for one day"

In this house from 1976 to 1978 lived David Bowie 8.1.1947-10.1.2016. During this time the albums Low, Heroes and Lodger originated. They were known as the Berlin trilogy in the history of music. "We can be heroes, just for one day"

Hauptstrasse 155, Berlin, Germany where he lived (1976-1978)

BBC Music Day 2017 #BBC Radio Humberside

The Spiders From Mars. Mick Ronson 1946-1993 Trevor Bolder 1950-2013 and Mick ‘Woody Woodmansey', were David Bowie’s backing group in the first half of the 1970s and left for many of their musical adventures from this station.

Hull Paragon Station, Hull, United Kingdom where he was

BBC Music Day 2017 #BBC London 1

Trident Studios. David Bowie (1947-2016) recorded many of his albums here, including Hunky Dory which marked the transition from rock to high concept and Ziggy Stardust. [full inscription unknown]

Trident Studios, 17 St. Annes Court, London, United Kingdom where he recorded

BBC Music Day 2017 #BBC Radio Kent

David Bowie 1947-2016 He regularly played here with Maidstone group The Manish Boys during 1964-65.

Royal Star Arcade, Maidstone, United Kingdom where he played