What an incredible life David Bowie lived. As we mourn the singer’s sad death, take a look back at his most memorable moments right here. Click through the gallery and help us honor this legendary music icon.
David Bowie sadly passed away at the age of 69 on Jan. 10, just two days after he celebrated his birthday. Our hearts are heavy as we remember this iconic musician, and we’re honoring his memorable life by looking back at some of his most career-defining moments right here.
The late singer had a tough start musically — after joining several bands and even attempting a solo release, in the early-mid 1960s, he received very little recognition and success. His first successful single was 1969’s “Space Oddity,” which helped establish him as a solo artist. He released an album of the same name in 1969, and followed up with his third album, The Man Who Sold The World, one year later.
Even at the very beginning of his career, David experimented with an androgynous appearance, which he exploited during the promotion of his third record by wearing a dress on the album cover and in subsequent interviews. This continued to remain an iconic part of Bowie’s image throughout his memorable career, which really began picking up in the 1970s.
David’s fourth album, Hunky Dory, dropped in Dec. 1971, and reached No. 3 on the UK charts. He completely catapulted to stardom thanks to his Ziggy Stardust stage show, which he launched in 1972, flaunting his uniqueness through this alter ego and leaving behind an influence that has lasted a lifetime. Along with music, David had a passion for acting, which he credited with helping him achieve the “emotion” necessary to create the theatrical characters he’s played on stage throughout his career.
The singer’s first No. 1 album, Aladdin Sane, was released in 1973, and he never slowed down from there. Throughout his life, David sold over 140 million records, and has been recognized as one of the greatest artists of all time. His epic career spanned more than 40 years, and produced well-known hits like “Changes,” “Modern Love,” “Heroes,” “Ashes to Ashes” and SO many more. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, to no one’s surprise.
Aside from music, David also had a successful film career. His first major movie role was in 1976’s The Man Who Fell To Earth, and he’s also starred in films like Zoolander, Labyrinth, The Prestige and many more. David released his last album, Blackstar, on his 69th birthday, just two days before his sad death. He fought a hard, 18-month battle with cancer before unfortunately succumbing to the disease, leaving behind his model wife, Iman, and two children, Duncan and Alexandria. So sad. Fans and celebrities are also remembering the music icon.
HollywoodLifers, what is your favorite David Bowie song? How will you best remember him?