Monday, January 11, 2016

RIP David Bowie

British producer, composer, singer, actor David Bowie died after a battle with cancer on January 11th. The influential singer-songwriter and producer dabbled in glam rock, art rock, soul, hard rock, dance pop, punk and electronica during his eclectic 40-plus-year career. Born David Robert Haywood-Jones in London on January 8, 1947, Bowie changed his name in 1966 after The Monkees’ Davy Jones achieved stardom. He played saxophone and started a mime company, and after stints in several bands he signed with Mercury Records, which in 1969 released his album Man of Words, Man of Music, which featured “Space Oddity,” a poignant song about an astronaut, Major Tom, spiraling out of control. Bowie appeared in one Euro-western “Gunslinger’s Revenge” (1998) as Jack Sikora.

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