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David Bowie

1947-01-08 Brixton, London, England, UK

Image of David Bowie


David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie, 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).


Moby Doc Self 2021-05-28
The Dancing Man of L.A. Self (archival footage) 2021-05-24
2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Self 2021-11-20
David Bowie: London Boy 2021-01-10
The Velvet Underground Self (voice) 2021-10-15
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Inductions Self (archive footage) 2020-11-07
Lindsay Dances – Il teatro e la vita secondo Lindsay Kemp 2020-05-02
My Music: A Classic Christmas Self (archive footage) 2019-11-16
DMX Meets David Bowie David Bowie (Archive Footage) 2019-10-07
WBCN and the American Revolution 2019-04-18
David Bowie: Finding Fame Himself (archive footage) 2019-02-09
The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story Self (archive footage) 2019-04-29
Glastonbury 2000 Self - Vocals 2018-11-30
Why Are We Creative?: The Centipede's Dilemma Himself 2018-09-07
Freddie Mercury: The King of Queen Himself 2018-06-05
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda Jack Celliers (Archive Footage) 2017-11-04
Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story Himself 2017-05-09
Glam Rock at the BBC Self (archive footage) 2017-09-15
Der Reichstag Self (archive footage) 2017-12-19
Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock Self - Musician (archive footage) 2017-07-21
Princess Diana: Her Life, Her Death, the Truth Self (archive footage) 2017-05-22
David Bowie: The Last Five Years Himself (archive footage) 2017-01-07
David Bowie: The Man Who Stole the World Himself (archive footage) 2016-04-26
Das Prinzip Dada 2016-02-06
Gaga for Dada: The Original Art Rebels Self 2016-09-21
David Bowie: Starman Himself 2016-01-11
David Bowie: Sound and Vision Himself 2016-01-12
David Bowie: On the Rock Trail 2015-12-08
B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin 1979-1989 Self 2015-02-05
Wilde Jahre West-Berlin 2015-01-01
Let's Dance: Bowie Down Under Himself 2015-02-10
Soul Boys of the Western World Self (archive footage) 2014-09-30
Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces Phillip Jeffries 2014-07-16
Bing Crosby: Rediscovered Himself 2014-12-02
David Bowie: Five Years 2013-05-25
David Bowie & The Story of Ziggy Stardust Himself 2012-06-22
The Genius of David Bowie Himself 2012-06-22
David Bowie - The Calm Before The Storm: Under Review 1969 - 1971 Singer, songwriter 2012-07-23
Clockwork Orange County 2012-07-04
Acoustic At The BBC Self 2011-09-02
The Love We Make Himself 2011-09-10
David Bowie: Rare and Unseen 2010-01-01
The Sacred Triangle: Bowie, Iggy & Lou 1971-1973 2010-10-18
Bing Crosby: The Television Specials Volume 2 – The Christmas Specials Himself 2010-11-09
David Bowie: VH1 Storytellers Himself 2009-07-14
Krautrock : The Rebirth of Germany Self (archive footage) 2009-10-22
Bandslam Himself 2009-08-06
Kings of Glam 2008-11-22
August Cyrus Ogilvie 2008-05-16
David Gilmour - Remember That Night vocals 2007-09-06
David Bowie - Music in Review Singer, Songwriter 2007-04-16
David bowie - Up Close and Personal Singer, Songwriter 2007-05-21
David Bowie - The Plastic Soul Review Singer, Songwriter 2007-07-09
David Bowie: Glass Spider 2007-06-22
SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis Lord Royal Highness 2007-04-28
Scott Walker: 30 Century Man Himself 2007-04-27
Arthur et les Minimoys Maltazard (voice) 2006-12-13
David Bowie - Total Rock Review Singer, Songwriter 2006-09-26
David Bowie: Under Review 1976-79 Himself 2006-01-11
David Bowie: Serious Moonlight Himself on Lead Vocals / Guitar 2006-01-01
David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust Singer, Songwriter 2006-03-27
The Prestige Nikola Tesla 2006-10-19
David Bowie: The Serious Moonlight Tour Himself 2006-03-21
TV Party Himself 2005-08-03
20 Years Ago Today - Live Aid Himself 2005-07-13
The Work of Director Mark Romanek Himself (archive footage) 2005-09-13
Superstar in a Housedress: The Life and Legend of Jackie Curtis Himself (archive footage) 2004-05-05
Live Aid Self 2004-11-16
David Bowie: A Reality Tour Self 2004-10-13
Mayor of the Sunset Strip Himself 2003-06-17
David Bowie - Sound and Vision Himself 2003-11-12
Queen - The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert 10th Anniversary Documentary 2002-05-13
Hr. Vinterberg & Mr. Bowie 2002-07-29
The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch Himself - Interviewee 2002-01-01
David Bowie - Live Olympia Paris Himself 2002-07-01
David Bowie: Best of Bowie 2002-06-30
Zoolander David Bowie 2001-09-28
Classic Albums: Lou Reed - Transformer Himself 2001-12-03
The Concert for New York City Self 2001-10-20
Mr. Rice's Secret Mr. William Rice 2000-12-22
Bowie at the BBC Himself 2000-06-27
The Ten Commandments of Creativity Himself 2000-02-01
The Filth and the Fury Himself (archive footage) 2000-03-29
David Bowie: Roseland Ballroom, NYC Himself 2000-06-19
Everybody Loves Sunshine Bernie 1999-03-20
Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary Special Self 1999-09-25
Il mio West Sikora 1998-12-18
A Bing Crosby Christmas Himself 1998-01-01
Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart Self 1998-04-29
David Bowie Birthday Celebration Live in NYC Himself 1997-02-03
Nine Inch Nails: Closure himself 1997-11-25
David Bowie : Rockpalast himself 1996-06-19
Basquiat Andy Warhol 1996-08-09
The Fine Art of Separating People from Their Money Himself 1996-11-17
Nine Inch Nails & David Bowie: Dissonance 1995-01-01
The World of Jim Henson Jareth (archive footage) 1994-11-23
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me Phillip Jeffries 1992-06-03
The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert Himself 1992-04-22
Queen: Greatest Flix II 1991-05-24
The Linguini Incident Monte 1991-05-01
David Bowie: Live At The Tokyo Dome himself 1990-01-01
The Last Temptation of Christ Pontius Pilatus 1988-08-12
Imagine: John Lennon Self 1988-10-07
Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes All-Star 50th Anniversary Himself 1986-01-14
Inside the Labyrinth Himself 1986-12-13
Absolute Beginners Vendice Partners 1986-04-04
Labyrinth Jareth 1986-06-27
Tokyo melody, un film sur Ryuichi Sakamoto Celliers (archive footage) 1985-04-09
Live Aid Self 1985-07-13
Into the Night Colin Morris 1985-02-22
Jazzin' for Blue Jean Vic / Screaming Lord Byron 1984-01-01
1st Annual MTV Video Music Awards Self - Performer 1984-09-14
Ricochet Himself 1984-03-27
戦場のメリークリスマス Celliers 1983-05-28
The Oshima Gang Himself 1983-12-31
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars Self / Ziggy Stardust 1983-12-23
Yellowbeard The Shark (uncredited) 1983-06-24
David Bowie: Serious Moonlight Montreal 1983-07-13
Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll Style 1983-01-01
The Hunger John Blaylock 1983-04-29
Group Madness Self 1983-06-11
The Snowman Older Boy 1982-12-26
Baal Baal 1982-02-02
Christiane F. - Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo Himself 1981-04-02
Schöner Gigolo, armer Gigolo Paul Ambrosius von Przygodski 1978-11-16
David Bowie On Stage Himself 1978-12-12
David Bowie Live at Beat Club Musikladen Himself on Keyboard/Vocals 1978-05-30
Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas Himself 1977-11-30
The Man Who Fell to Earth Thomas Jerome Newton 1976-03-18
Night Lunch 1975-12-09
Cracked Actor Self 1975-01-26
Diamond Dogs Demo Video Himself / Harpie 1974-01-01
The Looking Glass Murders Cloud 1970-07-08
The Virgin Soldiers Soldier 1969-10-14
Love You Till Tuesday Himself 1969-02-07
The Image The Boy 1969-01-01
NBC television special: The Pursuit of Pleasure 1967-05-08
The Midnight Special Legendary Performances: Million Sellers