Ziggy Stardust. Thin White Duke. The white Prince. Whatever you know him as, he’s impacted pop culture in your lifetime in some way, shape or form. He served the entertainment world for nearly five decades and still had a lot more music left in him to give to the world.
Born David Robert Jones in Brixton, England, David Bowie was a pop, funk, and rock icon who created music for everyone. His style made him a stand out artist in his time with his many costumes, makeup and versatility in his music. He held many different alter egos over the course of his career, nearly reinventing himself with each album he released. Throughout his time as an artist, he sold over 140 million records worldwide and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Although he started his career in the UK, he would easily crossover and grow to U.S. success with his hit song “Fame.” He even performed the popular song on Soul Train in 1975.
You may also be familiar with a few of his other hits you may have heard on television shows and commercials such as “Changes,” “Heroes,” “Space Oddity,” and “Let’s Dance.” Many of your favorite artists have covered Bowie’s music or their songs are heavily influenced by his work. Artists such as Madonna, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Lady Gaga have all contributed their work to the Bowie’s influence. He collaborated with a slew of artists of nearly every musical genre over his four decades of music. As a songwriter, producer, musician and singer, David Bowie has had a hand in the careers of artists across the world.
On top of his music career, David Bowie studied and practiced art in every form. His album covers, wardrobe and life was evident of his dedication to art. He portrayed Andy Warhol in the movie “Basquiat,” in 1996. Bowie was also a fighter for equality in the entertainment world. In an MTV interview, Bowie addressed the issue of African-American artists not being played by the network at that time.
Bowie quietly battled liver cancer for 18 months, up until the time of his death on January 10th. He leaves behind his wife, supermodel Iman, and two children. Still being very active in creating music, Bowie released his final album, Blackstar, just four days before his death. David Bowie will forever live in the hearts of many for his wonderful efforts in music, art and imagination.