Iconic British Rock Artist, David Bowie

Iconic British Rock Artist, David Bowie

David Bowie was a British musician and actor who played genres like electronic music, and glam rock. By many critics, he was arguably one of the greatest rock artists of all time if not THE greatest. The large American magazine company Rolling Stone placed him at 39th place in their 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list. His sales of records sold more the a 100 million records around the planet, and he has received many awards such as then platinum certifications in the United Kingdom and five in the United State.



What was his childhood like? 

It all began when Bowie was born at Brixton, London, U.K on January 8th, 1947. (Brixton is a district in Southern London.) He lived in a standard  living situation during his childhood in the city of London. Haywood Janes, his father, worked as an officer at a children's charity, and Margaret Mary, his mother, worked as a waitress at a cinema. When he began learning in an infant school until six years of age, he has been considered to be mentally gifted, but defiant and independent minded.

In 1995 though, is where Bowie's interest of music began to take shape in some form when e began learning at Burn Ash Junior School. In that school he joined the school choir. His vocals in the choir were good according to the choir, he played really well using the fipple flute or the recorder in other words. He started to really get into music.

Bowie got even more into music when his father gave him records of famous musicians at the time like Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, the Teenagers, and more. He especially started to like Presley, because of the fact that they had the same birthdays, and just the fact that Elvis's music was fascinating to him because of songs like "Hound Dog" (released in n1956) which he really liked. At the end of 1957, he would also be learning how to use a tea chest bass, and a ukulele.



Bowie's first notable move in the music industry was to create his first band in 1962, the Konrad. Keep in mind, he was only fifteen years old by that time! At first, he wasn't making money or getting official while performing though, he only played rock and roll at weddings and gatherings of young children locally with his whole band of around four-eight people.

Bowie's was very captivated by a future career of music. A year after he created the Konrads band (1962), he dropped out of school in 1963 to carry out his goals to become a star. Later though, he left the Konrads band and join the King Bees band. This was mostly because his previous crew weren't thinking big in musical goals. That wasn't his final move of bands though. He moved from the king Bees to the Manish Boys, them to the Lower Third band, them to the Buzz band and the Riot Squad.

His beginning song was the single made in 1964, “Liza Jane” while David was still in the King Bees band. Bowie has a number of great albums, “Let’s Dance” in 1983, “Tonight” in 1984, “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” in 1972, and many more. In total, he has around 128 singles he created. His album that got the most sales was “Let’s Dance” with nearly 11 million record sales. With all of his ground breaking albums, he was able to win six Grammy Awards throughout the decades. Five of his albums are on the large American magazine company Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums List in 2003. These are some of his achievements.



Fun Facts

1. His real name is David Robert Jones but he changed it because there was confusion with Davy Jones of “the Monkees” band. This is a completely different person but similar names and careers. He changed his name to David Bowie. 

 2. In 1976, he expressed his support for Adolf Hitler and Fascism.

 3.  Both David Bowie and Elvis Presley (two famous musicians) were both born on the 8th of January.



 In Manhattan, New York City, David Bowie died from his 18 month battle of liver cancer. This happened two days after he turnt 69 years old and dropped Blackstar, a solo album. He died on January 10th, 2016.

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