David Bowie: biography and latest news!

  • Occupation : singer
  • Real name: David Robert Jones
  • Sign: Capricorn
  • Date of birth: Wednesday, January 08, 1947 (age: 69 years old)
  • Date of Death: Sunday, January 10, 2016
  • Country : England

David Jones was born on January 8, 1947 in the London borough of Brixton. He discovers jazz, introduced to music by his brother Terry Jones, and takes saxophone lessons at the age of 13. A student with little interest in school, he dropped out of technical high school at 16 and started singing. For three years, he trained in the art of mime with the Lindsay Kemp troupe, a student of Marcel Marceau. With the troupe he performs in shows that combine mime, dance and music. He tries to break through with different groups but it is in solo that he makes himself known. He takes the name of Bowie to avoid confusion with another famous singer of the time, Davy Jones, from the group The Monkees.

In 1969, it is with the song hymn to the conquest of the Moon, Space Oddity, that he begins to make himself known. The two albums he released in 1971 (The man who sold the world and Hunky Dory) intrigued the public; he posed dressed as a woman on one of the album covers, dyed his hair and played on his sexual ambiguity. The following year, he finally reaches the top of the charts when he appears on stage with the character he has created for himself; Ziggy Stardust, an extraterrestrial descended to earth. With his band The Spiders from Mars, he released the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, whose success went beyond the British borders and made him an international star. The artist cultivates the taste of provocation (he declares his bisexuality in 1972) and the art of good company (he surrounds himself with talented friends, from Iggy Pop to Lou Reed). In 1973, he separates from his androgynous character and dissolves his group. Settled in New York, he draws his inspiration from black North American music. At the same time, he plunges into hard drug addiction. In the mid-70s, he reinvented himself with a new character, the Thin white duke and recorded three albums in Berlin with the English musician Brian Eno; Low and Heroes in 1977, and Lodger in 1979.

In 1983, he collaborated with the group Chic and recorded one of his most famous songs, Lets’ Dance. But success waned somewhat with the following albums. The singer decides then, at the beginning of the Nineties, to merge in a new group, Tin Machine, without appearing at the top of the poster. In 1995, he sealed his reunion with Brian Eno to record Outside and return to success. Always keen on fashion, he appears on the cover of the album Earthling (1997) with a coat in the colors of the Union Jack flag signed Alexander McQueen. In 2003, he released the album Reality and went on tour, but in June 2004, the singer, victim of a heart attack, was forced to leave the stage. Nevertheless, he accepted some collaborations and recorded a duet with Scarlett Johansson (2008). After ten years of absence, he returns with a surprise album The Next Day, whose single Where are we know? is released on his 66th birthday in January 2013. But far from the flamboyant style and artifice of his debut, David Bowie does not grant any interview for the promotion of this album. On January 8, 2016, he celebrates his birthday again with the release of a new album entitled Blackstar.

David Bowie has also made films such as Furyo (1983), Les Prédateurs aux côtés de Catherine Deneuve (1983), La dernière tentation du Christ by Martin Scorsese (1988), Zoolander (2001) and Le Prestige by Christopher Nolan (2006).

David Bowie is the father of two children; a son Duncan Jones born in 1971 from his union with Angela Bowie (1970-1980) and a daughter Alexandria Zahra born on August 15, 2000 from her union with Iman Bowie (married in June 1992). On January 10, 2016, David Bowie died of cancer at the age of 69.