David Bowie

(biography, photo, video) David Robert Jones

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  • Name: David Bowie ( David Robert Jones )
  • Date of birth: 8 January 1947
  • Age: 69 years
  • Date of death: 10 Jan 2016
  • Place of birth: Brixton, UK
  • Height: 178
  • Activity: English rock singer, songwriter, sound engineer, producer, actor, artist
  • Marital status: was married to Iman Abdulmajid

    David Bowie: the biography

    David Bowie, a famous British singer and musician who for more than 50 years in music. «The chameleon of rock music» created at the music world’s most legendary cult and became one of the most influential musicians of the twentieth century due to its constant innovative transformation in all genres of music. Effectively alternating images from folk singer to alien, he gained the title of one of the most successful artists in the history of the British charts and the best musicians of the last 60 years.

    David Robert Jones (later David Bowie) was born 8 January 1947 in Brixton London into a family of Irish Margaret Mary peg, who worked as a cashier in a movie theater, and Hayward Stanton John Jones, who was a clerk in the personnel Department of a charitable organization. At the time of birth of son David’s parents lived in a civil marriage, only after 8 months, they legalized their relationship. From early childhood, future rock musician showed his interest in music, and in the preparatory school has established itself as a talented, purposeful and smart boy. He was quite a naughty child with a cheeky nature, which did not prevent him to get high grades for academic performance in school.

    In 1953 the family of David Bowie moved to Bromley, where he attended elementary school Burnt Ash Primary School. In school, he actively began to study music and attended the choir school and music lessons, where the teachers noted his phenomenal ability to interpretations. After he first heard the songs of Elvis Presley, David decided that I should become a pop star. He persuaded his father to buy him a ukulele and self made bass to participate with friends in skill sessions. The passion for music had a negative impact on school performance, with the result that Bowie failed the final exam and went to study in technical College.

    In College, the future rock star discovered modern jazz and decided to become a saxophonist. Then he had to work as a loader at the local butcher shop to buy his first saxophone»Selmer» made of pink plastic, and a year later my mother gave David for Christmas white Alto saxophone. At the age of 15 with Bowie had an accident – he got into a fight with a friend in College and received a serious trauma of the left eye. The next four months, the musician spent in the hospital, where doctors performed several operations on the prevention of blindness. Unfortunately, to fully restore the eyesight failed, causing the singer has lost the perception of color, and the eyes after the transformation began to see everything in a brown color that gave the impression of multi-colored eyes Bowie.

    Before graduating College future legend of rock music could play many musical instruments, among which included guitar, saxophone, keyboards, vocals, guitar, vibraphone, ukulele, harmonica, piano, koto and percussion. Given the fact that the singer was born left-handed, he uses musical instruments as right-handed and plays a right-handed guitar.


    The musical career of David Bowie began with creating your own band the Kon-rads, with which he played rock and roll at local weddings and parties. But the ambitions of the young musician did not allow him to stay in its composition and it became the team of «The King Bees». Working with a new team, David Jones wrote a bold letter to the millionaire John bloom, suggesting the oligarch to become his producer and earn another million. But bloom ignored a young musician and gave him a letter to one of the publishers of the Beatles ‘ songs Leslie Connes, who became interested in Bowie and made him the first contract.

    That’s when David took the stage name Bowie to avoid confusion with gained in those years the popularity of Davy Jones from «The Monkees». Star under the name David Bowie was born 14 January 1966. Then he started to play in the famous club «Brand» in the group «The Lower Third». The first few recorded singles of the singer was a complete failure that led to the rupture of the contract with the Horse. Then Bowie released his debut album, and recorded a sixth single, which also entered the charts.

    The first failure on the music scene made the musician a few years to abandon the realization of their dreams. He plunged into the world of theatrical performances and joined the circus. By studying dramatic art, Bowie fully immersed in creating images of the characters, which later conquered the whole world.

    The first success in musical direction, David Bowie came only 7 years after the beginning of my career. His single «Space Oddity» in 1969, hit the top five British hit parade, after which he released a self-titled album became successful throughout Europe.

    In 1970, the musician released his third album «The Man Who Sold the World», which goes to heavy rock. Critics have called this record «the beginning of the era of glam rock». After that, the singer creates his group «the Hype», in which he gave his first big concert, speaking under the pseudonym of ziggy Stardust. He made a splash in the music world and propelled the musician into stardom.

    Worldwide fame by David Bowie came in 1975 after the release of the album Young Americans, which included the song «Fame», which became the first hit in the United States. In that period he has performed on stage in the image of the thin White Duke performing rock ballads. In 1980, Bowie once again blew up the music world with the album «Scary Monsters», which brought him not only fame and recognition, but also a huge profit. Then he began working with the popular band «Queen» which recorded the song «Under Pressure», which became a # 1 hit in the UK charts. In 1983, the musician released his next successful album with dance music «let’s Dance», which became a bestseller, its sales reached 14 million copies.

    In the early ‘ 90s, the singer began to experiment with images and genres, cementing its status as the «chameleon of rock music». He deftly maintaining your personal image, constantly changing musical directions and theme songs, appearing on the stage in different ways. During this period he released several albums, the most interesting and conceptually was the «1.Outside». In 1997, the musician celebrated his 50th anniversary in «Madison square garden», where he was awarded a personal star on the Hollywood walk of fame for his invaluable contribution to the recording industry.

    The latest David Bowie album was «Blackstar», which he released January 8, 2016, the day of his 69th birthday. It includes 7 songs, some of which will be used in the musical, «Lazarus» and the series «the Last Panthers». For his entire musical career he has released 26 Studio albums, 9 live albums, 46 collections, 112 singles and 56 videos.

    Besides music, David Bowie appeared in the movie can be seen in the films «Beautiful gigolo, poor gigolo», «Hunger», «the History of robbery», «Velvet goldmine». The last film role of a legend of rock music was Nikola Tesla in «the Prestige» in which he starred alongside Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale.


    10 January 2016, David Bowie died in London. Death of a legend of rock music was the result of an unsuccessful 1.5 year old cancer. Health problems of the singer began in the mid 70-ies, when he was addicted to drugs. Despite the fact that singer managed to get rid of drug addiction, she left necklaceny mark on his health – Bowie suffers lapses in memory, and comparing your brain with «Swiss cheese full of holes».

    In 2004, Bowie suffered a serious heart surgery that is associated with blockage of the heart arteries. He underwent angioplasty after which he took time to recover. Then he became rarely appear on the scene and reduced the number of their performances. In 2011, there was information that the «chameleon of rock music» ended his career, but in 2013 he once again started to please their fans by releasing new albums.

    The death of David Bowe came in with the family and with the support of loved ones. Before death, he managed to celebrate his 69th birthday, marking his new album release «Blackstar». The musician left behind a rich musical legacy to the world, having sold over 136 million records and CDs.

    The legend of rock music in 2002 joined the list of «100 greatest Britons» and received the title of the most popular singer of all time. In 2006 he was awarded the Grammy award for contribution to the development of world music.

    Personal life

    Personal life David Bowie has always expressed interested in his fans. This is due to the fact that in the mid-70s, he announced his bisexuality. Since then, the sexual orientation of David Bowie’s massively discussed in the community, despite the fact that in 1993, he denied his confessions, describing them as the biggest mistake of life. Rock musician your past interest in Homo — and bisexuality associated with «fashion trends» of the time and not the manifestations of your true feelings. He stressed that creating an image of bisexual, he managed to achieve fame and realize their dreams.

    The rock musician was married twice and has two adult children. The first time Bowie got married in 1970, model Angela Barnett, which in 1971 bore him a son, Duncan, Zoe Heywood Jones. Their marriage ended in divorce after 10 years of marriage. In 1992 David Bowie married again – his second choice was model Iman Abdulmajid. In 2000 the couple have a daughter, Alexandria Zahra.


    • David Bowie
    • The Man Who Sold The World
    • Young Americans
    • Let’s Dance
    • Never Let Me Down
    • 1.Outside
    • Earthling
    • Reality
    • The Next Day
    • Blackstar


    David Bowie

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