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David Bowie

Updated on December 31, 2013

David Bowie

David Bowie.. Rock Legend!

With a career that has spanned over five decades and record sales over 196 million, Bowie is one of the greatest rockers of all time. His unique style and colourful personality have made him one of the most recognisable faces in the world of rock.

Controversial? Yes.. But his success speaks for itself..


David Bowie's Life

David Bowie's Biography

David Robert Jones was born in Brixton (a London suburb) on the 8th of January 1947. In 1953 the Jones family moved to Kent where David went to Bromley Technical High School. David has two half sisters, Myra Ann and Annette and one half brother, Terence.

At the age of 15 David and George Underwood got into a fist fight over a girl. During the fight David sustained eye damage. Doctors were able to save the eye but his pupil is permanently dilated. Due to this condition many people have mistakenly thought that his eyes are different colours. They are both blue.

In 1962 David formed his first band, The Konrads. For the next five years David would play with a variety of different bands: The Lower Third, The Riot Squad, The Mannish Boys and The King Bees. Up until 1966 David had been using his own name on stage 'David Jones' but this was causing confusion with the lead singer of the Monkees, Davy Jones. To end the confusion, David decided to change his name to Bowie, after the great American hero Jim Bowie.

David's first two solo efforts were under the Deram label. The first in 1967 was called 'David Bowie' and the second was titled The Laughing Gnome. Neither album did very well. It was not until the release of "Space Oddity" in 1969 that David would gain any kind of fame.

David's first real personality make-over came with his concept album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Bowie began sporting his wild outfits and his flaming red hair to go along with his androgynous alter ego 'Ziggy'. David was also promoting and producing other bands by this time. Among the stars that Bowie was working with were the legendary Iggy Pop and Lou Reed.

With his rise to mega stardom David began venturing into the world of acting. He has starred in such films as The Man Who Fell To Earth and Just a Gigolo. In 1986 he not only starred in the Jim Hensen classic Labyrinth but he wrote five songs for the film.

David has gone on to make more than twenty different albums over a career which has spanned more than five decades. His record sales are over 196 million copies world wide.

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The Personal Life of David Bowie

David Bowie Relationships

David Bowie's first wife was Mary Angela Barnett who was born in Cyprus in 1949. The couple was married in Kent on March 19th 1970. They had one son together Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones who was born in Kent on May 30th 1971. The couple divorced in 1980 in Switzerland.

After David's separation he retained custody of Zowie. Zowie attended Wooster College where he received a degree in philosophy. He then went on to The London Film School, where he graduated as a director.

David Bowie married his second wife on April 24th 1992. He married super model Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid. She was born in Somalia and is fluent in five languages. They have one child together, Alexandra Zahra Jones. "Lexi' was born on the 15th of August 2000. Iman and David are still together and are living in both London and Manhattan.

I’m an instant star. Just add water and stir.

Facts About David Bowie

Things you may not have known ...

David Bowie was ranked 29th on the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons

He has sold over 196 million albums

David is five foot ten inches tall

Bowie quit smoking in 2002

Twiggy is the model on the cover of Pin-Ups

David has a pet dog named Max.

Bowie was ranked 39th on Rolling Stone's list of 100 greatest artists of all time.

David Bowie timed the release of Space Oddity to coincide with the lunar landing.

On February 12th 1997 David got a star on the Walk of Fame

Bowie declined Knighthood in 2003

In 2006 he won a Lifetime Grammy Award

He plays 14 different instruments

In 2004 Bowie underwent Triple bi-pass surgery

Bowie turned down the lead in the film 'Hook'

David has two children Zowie and Lexi

David has been married twice

Bowie is ranked as one of the richest British rock stars of all time

I wanted to prove the sustaining power of music.

David Bowie's Own Words

David Bowie Quotes

Talking about art is like dancing about architecture.

I don't know how many times someone has come up to me and said, 'Hey, Let's dance!' I hate dancing. God, it's stupid.

I'm not a prophet or a stone aged man, just a mortal with potential of superman. I'm living on.

I don't know where I am going from here, but I promise it won't be boring.

You can never win nor lose if you don't run the race.

When you think about it, Adolf Hitler was the first pop star.

Pixies and Sonic Youth were so important to the eighties.

Nearly all the synth work on Heathen is mine and some of the piano.

I'm an instant star. Just add water and stir.

I re-invented my image so many times that I'm in denial that I was originally an overweight Korean woman.

I'm always amazed that people take what I say seriously. I don't even take what I am seriously.

I'm just an individual who doesn't feel that I need to have somebody qualify my work in any particular way. I'm working for me.

But I am pretty good with collaborative thinking. I work well with other people.

But I've got to think of myself as the luckiest guy. Robert Johnson only had one album's worth of his legacy. That's all that life allowed him.

I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human.

You would think that a rock star married to a super-model would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.

I believe that I often bring out the best in somebody's talents.

I think Mick Jagger would be astounded and amazed if he realized that to many people he is not a sex symbol, but a mother image.

I once asked John Lennon what he thought of what I do. He said 'it's great but it's just rock and roll with lipstick on.'

I wanted to prove the sustaining power of music.

You can never win nor lose if you don’t run the race.

David Bowie Albums

  • 2003 Reality
  • 2002 Heathen
  • 1999 Hours
  • 1997 Earthling
  • 1995 Outside
  • 1993 Black Tie White Noise
  • 1987 Never Let Me Down
  • 1984 Tonight
  • 1983 Let's Dance
  • 1980 Scary Monsters and Super Creeps
  • 1979 Lodger
  • 1977 Heroes
  • 1977 Low
  • 1976 Station to Station
  • 1975 Young Americans
  • 1974 Diamond Dogs
  • 1973 Pin Ups
  • 1973 Aladdin Sane
  • 1972 The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
  • 1971 Hunky Dory
  • 1970 The Man Who Sold the World
  • 1969 Space Oddity
  • 1967 The Laughing Gnome
  • 1967 David Bowie

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      Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

      I love the way Bowie has reinvented himself so many times.

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      EMangl 4 years ago

      added your lens to my sidebar.

      the video you added is not the official one and cannot be seen in all countries

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      LordNefarious 5 years ago

      Really awesome Bowie Lens, great job!

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      WebMarketingPro 5 years ago

      Thanks for this great lens! I've been a big fan of David Bowie since his Ziggy Stardust days. That's still my favorite, but I also love a lot of his other albums, plus his movies ;-)

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      BuddyBink 5 years ago

      Bowie has done some really great things in his musical career. I personally like his Ziggy days. Thanks.

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      catwell2 5 years ago

      Love the lens. I have to admit, I would gladly listen to most of the people you listed in your poll!

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      euphonicdissonance 6 years ago

      Bowie is both ageless and timeless. He has been a huge influence on our music and we delight in his inspiration.

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      missbat 6 years ago

      Bowie really is one of those "one of a kind" artists.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      does anybody recall david bowie going out with naomi campbell?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Im actually the same way i always bring him up in the first few sentences of the conversation to see how we'll actually connect :)

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      drkthndr57 8 years ago

      Welcome to the wonderful world of David Bowie!! Many of you sound quite young and it is a pleasure knowing there is a new generation of Bowie fans. I have been David's silent and invisible companion for 37 years and believe me there has never been a dull moment. With David, it's like Christmas every time he comes out with new material. You never know what you're getting until you buy it. I have seen David many, many times in concert. I have not have the pleasure of meeting the man yet but that is my lifelong dream. Before I die, I would like to meet my idol of nearly 40 years. That would make me the happiest person on this planet. But here's to the new generation of Bowie fans! Remember this: through you this remarkable man will never die. He is a living legend at this time. But you can keep him alive forever with your devotion and loyalty as true Bowie fans. God bless all you Bowie fans out there and most importantly God bless David Bowie. May he live forever.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i have loved david bowie since i was 6 years old. the first thing i saw him in was the labyrinthand i was hooked i must say that not a lot of my friends like him and they think im weird cause i do but the man is a visionary! he doesn't give a crap about what people think about him and that makes him a great role model. the first thing i ask people when i meet them is if they like david bowie and i can't believe how many people like him its awesome! and i will be a bowie fan till the day i die!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to YoungBowie Girl] Hi, I was exactly the same at the beginning of 2007. I watched labyrinth since 2004 and always focused on the film, but then, i started to look at his costume, and WOW did i miss what i was missing. Like yourself, Ive been turned down by my friends and family. My mates are only interested in the same people. all of them are clones and i find them boring. Oh well, they will learn... :D

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to YoungBowie Girl] Hi, I was exactly the same at the beginning of 2007. I watched labyrinth since 2004 and always focused on the film, but then, i started to look at his costume, and WOW did i miss what i was missing. Like yourself, Ive been turned down by my friends and family. My mates are only interested in the same people. all of them are clones and i find them boring. Oh well, they will learn... :D

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      KyBackwoodsCros 8 years ago

      "Fame" is a great hit. I wish I grew up in those days.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I just heard of David Bowie in the Summer of 2008.My dad brought home the movie Labyrinth and after that, I decide to look up the guy on the internet. The first thing I got as a rseult was this

      ( freak to me at the time) guy with red hair and make up. I investigated him. My first album was Aladdin Sane. After that I was an over obsessive fan. Now I love it all. From Ziggy to Earthling.

      HE ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but sadly, all my friends/ family hate him. So heck yeah!!! I'm a fan all the way through!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I agree. I've been a Bowie fan since the days of "Major Tom," which pretty much ages me doesn't it?! Bowie set the course for many who came after and his constant, "changeling" persona makes it hard (if not impossible) to type cast him. A very talented and cerebral man, over and above all. Thanks for the lense.

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      MyKidsInheritance 9 years ago

      We are kindred spirits - a mystery lens AND a David Bowie lens. Are you sure we aren't somehow related? We have incredibly similar tastes....

      Melissa