Wednesday, January 8th: DAVID BOWIE
David Robert Jones AKA David Bowie was born January 8, 1947. He 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, 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.
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.
His 1969 release, "Space Oddity,” became successful quickly, and after a period of experimentation, he re-emerged in 1972, turning away from folk and instead embracing the glam rock era with his flamboyant and androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust, which won him widespread popularity. In 1975, Bowie's style shifted radically towards a sound he characterized as "plastic soul.” Through the 1970s, Bowie style continued to change, with experimental, avant-garde pop, and electronic music.
During the 1980s, Bowie continued his wide success, with 4 studio albums and his 1981 collaboration with Queen, "Under Pressure", reaching his commercial peak in 1983 with Let's Dance.
Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Bowie continued to experiment with musical styles, including rock, industrial, electronic, and jungle. He also continued acting and made many film and television appearances and cameos.
On January 8, 2016, his 69th birthday, Bowie returned from a decade-long recording hiatus and released his final album Blackstar. He died of liver cancer two days after the release on January 10, 2016.