David Bowie
(1947-2016)

Died aged 69

David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), better known by his stage name David Bowie ( BOH-ee), was an English singer-songwriter and actor. He was a leading figure in the music industry and is considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. He was acclaimed by critics and musicians, particularly for his innovative work during the 1970s. His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, with his music and stagecraft having a significant impact on popular music. During his lifetime, his record sales, estimated at over 100 million records worldwide, made him one of the world's best-selling music artists. In the UK, he was awarded ten platinum album certifications, eleven gold and eight silver, and released eleven number-one albums. In the US, he received five platinum and nine gold certifications. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Rolling Stone placed him among its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and following his death in 2016, Bowie was dubbed "The Greatest Rock Star Ever" by the magazine. Born in Brixton, 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, directed by Nicolas Roeg, and released Station to Station. In 1977, he further confounded musical expectations with the electronic-inflected album Low, the first of three collaborations with Brian Eno that came 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 reached his commercial peak in 1983 with Let's Dance; the album's title track topped both UK and US charts. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Bowie continued to experiment with musical styles, including industrial and jungle. He also continued acting; his roles included Major Jack Celliers in Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983), Jareth the Goblin King 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 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 Next Day. He remained musically active until he died of liver cancer at his home in New York City, two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his final album, Blackstar (2016).

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band member of The Manish Boys 1964-65

Commemorated on 11 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 they 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 they 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 they 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 they 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 they 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"

English translation: 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 they 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 they was

BBC Music Day 2017 #BBC London 1

David Bowie 1947-2016 His albums Hunky Dory & The Rise of Ziggy Stardust, and the iconic single Space Oddity were recorded here at Trident Studios

Trident Studios, 17 St. Annes Court, London, United Kingdom where they 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 they played

The Blue Moon Club 170 High St, Cheltenham July 1965 - May 1967. Jimi Hendrix, The Who, David Bowie, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, The Action and many more musicians of the era played here.

170 High Street, Cheltenham, United Kingdom where they played

The Olympic Cinema This was built as Byfeld Hall in 1906, on the site of Byfield House, the 17th century residence of a former Governor of St Helena. The hall was a cinema and a theatre; Charles Laughton, John Gielgud and Claude Rains first trod the boards here. In 1966 it became a famous recording studio where The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Madonna, Massive Attack and many more recorded. U2 were the last to record here in 2009. It has reverted to its former use as a cinema once again. The Homestead (to the left) is 18th century, but the cottage next door is later

Church Rd, Barnes, London, United Kingdom where they was