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Remembering A Music Legend

Singer, songwriter and actor David Bowie died on the 10th of January 2016.


Born David Robert Jones in Brixton, London in 1947, Bowie's first foray into music came at primary school when he learnt the recorder.

His interest in music grew when he heard the likes of Elvis Presley, Fats Domino and Little Richard.

At tech school he studied music, art and design and he formed his first band at 15.

His first single Liza Jane came with his next band David Jones & The King Bees.

In '67 David's first solo release was The Laughing Gnome, which broke into the UK Top 10.

By this time he was known as David Bowie, to avoid confusion with The Monkees singer Davy Jones.

In '69 he released the hit single and album Space Oddity, with the album breaking into the American Top 10.

David became a superstar in the 70's with hits like Changes, Sorrow, Fame, Rebel Rebel and Life On Mars?

In the 80's he had his biggest success with the album Let's Dance, which contained the hits Modern Love, China Girl and the title track.

He also recorded duets with Mick Jagger, Queen, Tina Turner and Bing Crosby.

As the 80's came to an end, David was a part of the four piece rock outfit Tin Machine with mixed results.

In the 90's he worked with the likes of The Pet Shop Boys, Lenny Kravitz and Placebo.

From 2000 to 2013, David only released three albums and live performances were rare.

In 2014 he won a Brit Award for his album The Next Day.

In his final years, news and public appearances were rare so the release of the album Blackstar on the 8th of January 2016 came as a surprise.

Sadly he died just two days after his 69th birthday from liver cancer.

Apart from making a huge contribution to the world of music, David also appeared in the movies The Man Who Fell To Earth, Labyrinth, Absolute Beginners, The Hunger and Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence.