David Bowie Biography

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David Bowie

Quick Facts Of David Bowie

Celebrated Name David Bowie
Age 72 Years
Nick Name Ziggy Stardust , Thin White Duke
Birth Name David Robert Jones
Birth Date 1947-01-08
Gender Male
Profession Singer
Place Of Birth Brixton, London, England
Nationality England
Spouse Mary Angela Barnett (M. 1970; Div. 1980) and Iman Abdulmajid (M. 1992)
Famous For Singer, Songwriter, Actor
Children Duncan Jones and Alexandria Zahra Jones
Genre Art Rock, Glam Rock, Pop, Electronic and Experimental
Father Haywood Stenton Jones
Marital Status Married
Mother Margaret Mary Jones
Siblings Terry Burns, Annette and Myra Ann - Half sisters
Religion Buddhism or Atheism
Cause Of Death Liver Cancer
Death Date January 10, 2016
Place Of Death Manhattan, New York, United States
Hair Color Blonde
Eye Color Blue
Height 5 feet 10 inches
Weight 74 kg
Horoscope Capricorn
Ethnicity Mutiracial - English and Irish
Awards Won Fourty Five
Net Worth $ 230 Million
School Burnt Ash Junior School
High School Bromley Technical High School

David Bowie, original name David Robert Jones is a British singer, songwriter, and actor who was most prominent in the 1970s and best known for his shifting personae and musical genre-hopping.

Famous For

  • A British singer, songwriter, and actor.

  • Five Times Grammy Awards won person.

  • Dramatic musical transformations, including his character Ziggy Stardust.

Gossip and Rumors

  • After his death, he won a Three Grammy Awards n 2017 for the best rock performance, best rock song and best alternative music album, "Blackstar".

  • He was died in London on 10th January 2016 due to Liver Cancer at the age of 69th.

Early Life of Davis Bowie

David was born in Brixton, London, England as David Robert Jones. He was born to parents Haywood Stenton Jones and Margaret Mary Jones. His father was a promotions officer. Whereas, his mother worked as a waitress. He had siblings namely Terry Burns, and two half-sisters namely Annette and Myra Ann. He belongs to British nationality and mix (English- Irish) ethnicity. His birth sign is Capricorn.

He was a creative child who developed an early interest in music. He listened to songs of artists like Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, the Platters, Fats Domino, Elvis Presley, and Little Richard. He was greatly influenced by Elvis Presley.

After attending Burnt Ash Junior School, he moved on to Bromley Technical High School. As a teenager he started playing multiple instruments like ukulele, tea-chest bass, and piano, and also began performing at the local Wolf Cub group. At school, he studied art, music, and design, including layout and typesetting.

Career of Davis Bowie

  • He formed his first band at the age of 15 and performed at local youth gatherings and weddings. He changed his bandmates quite frequently over the next few years as he struggled to get a footing in the competitive music industry.

  • During the mid-1960s, he changed his name to David Bowie in order to avoid confusion with Davy Jones of the Monkees. He released his eponymous debut album in 1967 which proved to be a flop.

  • Later in 1967, he met dancer Lindsay Kemp and enrolled in his dance class at the London Dance Centre. There he also studied dramatic arts under Kemp, from avant-garde theatre and mime to commedia dell'arte.

  • He received his first breakthrough in 1969 when he released the single ‘Space Oddity’. The song, which is about the launch of Major Tom, a fictional astronaut, reached the top five in the UK. It became a huge success and gave Bowie some much-needed exposure in the music industry. The song was later released in the United States and climbed to No. 15 on the charts.

  • In 1972, he released ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’ in collaboration with the Spiders from Mars—Ronson, Bolder and Woodmansey. Based on the story of a fictional rock star named Ziggy Stardust, the album peaked at No. 5 in the UK and No. 75 in the United States on the Billboard Music Charts. It became very popular due to its glam rock influences and themes of sexual exploration and social commentary and catapulted Bowie to superstardom.

  • The 1970s marked the most productive period of his career. His innovative songs and stagecraft combined with his larger-than-life stage persona made him one of the most popular musical stars of the decade. Some of his most successful albums for the decade include ‘Aladdin Sane’ (1973), ‘Pin Ups’ (1973), ‘Diamond Dogs’ (1974), ‘Young Americans’ (1975), ‘Station to Station’ (1976), and ‘Low’ (1977).

  • He welcomed the 1980s with ‘Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)’ released in 1980. The album was considered very significant in artistic terms and earned much critical acclaim. It peaked at No. 1 in the UK. Its most successful single, ‘Ashes to Ashes’ gave international exposure to the underground New Romantic movement.

  • His success as a singer and performer continued throughout the 1980s with hit albums like ‘Let's Dance’ (1983), ‘Tonight’ (1984), and ‘Never Let Me Down’ (1987). During this time he also appeared in some films like ‘Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence’ (1983), ‘The Hunger’ (1983), and ‘Jazzin' for Blue Jean (1984). Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, he continued to experiment with musical styles, including industrial and jungle. No longer as popular as he once was, he still managed to maintain his status as an icon in world music. Some of his most notable albums from this period are Outside (1995), Earthling (1997), Hours (1999), Heathen (2002), Reality (2003), The Next Day (2013) and Blackstar (2016). He last performed live at a charity event in 2006 and went on a long hiatus, eventually returning a decade later.

Awards and Achievements of David Bowie

In his career so far, He has been nominated for a total of one hundred five awards, out of which he has won forty-five. Some of the awards he has won include ‘Grammy Lifetime Achievements Awards’ in 2006 and three Grammy Awards in 2017 for the best rock performance, best rock song and best alternative music album, "Blackstar".

Net Worth and Online Presence of David Bowie

There is no information regarding his salary. But he had an estimated net worth of $ 230 million. His source of income comes from his songs and as an actor.

Before death, he was active in social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. He had 6.14K followers on Facebook. Likewise, he had 949K followers on Twitter. Similarly, he had 980K followers on Instagram.

 

Death Cause of David Bowie

David Bowie died in London on 10th January 2016. The legendary rock star died of cancer after one and a half years of unsuccessful treatment. His health problems began in the mid-1970s when he was addicted to drugs. Despite the fact that he managed to get rid of drug addiction, it badly affected his health as he suffered memory lapses and said that his mind was “like Swiss cheese”.

The dead being with the family and with the support of loved ones. Before the death, he managed to celebrate his 69th birthday, marking it with the release of the new album Blackstar. The musician left a rich musical heritage to the world, having sold over 136 million records and CDs.

Personal Life of Davis Bowie

Talking about his relationship, he is a married man. He married twice in his life. He got married to Mary Angela Barnett on March 9, 1970, but the marriage didn’t go well so they got divorced in 1980. The couplets had a son namely, Duncan Jones. Moreover, he got married to Iman Abdulmajid (1992), who is a model. The couplets had a daughter named Alexandria Zahra Jones.

Body Measurements of Davis Bowie

Talking about his body measurements, David Bowie had a height of 5 feet 10 inches. Additionally, he weighed is 74 Kg. Furthermore, he had blonde hair color and blue eye color.

Did You Know?

  • He was a big fan of art.
  • His first written song was ‘Take My Tip’.
  • He wrote about 700 songs in his life.
  • He formed his first band at the age of 15.
  • He has been nominated for a total of one hundred five awards, out of which he has won fourty five, in his career.
  • He died in 10th January 2016 due to Liver Cancer.

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