David Bowie









David Bowie

David Bowie

was born as David Robert Jones on January 8, 1947, in Brixton, London. David is an English actor, singer, songwriter, producer, arranger, audio engineer, and multi- instrumentalist. David has been involved with rock music for 5 decades and is still going. He is a film and stage actor, music video director, and visual artist. It seems that he has kept busy in one aspect of the music and film business or another throughout his career. It also seems that he has been involved in so many different things that there is not room for boredom in his life.

David lived in Brixton, London until he was six years old. His family moved to Bromley in Kent, which is now a part of London. When David was 15 a friend of his punched him in the eye (over a dispute about a girl) and left his eye permanently damaged. But the two still remained friends. His love for music began at the age of nine when his father bought him a collection of 45 rpm records. In 1959 his mother gave him a plastic saxophone for Christmas. After he got a real saxophone he formed his own band in 1962 and called it Konrads. He played with other blues, beat groups in the mid 1960's. Some of them were The King Bees, The Manish Boys, The Lower Third, and The Riot Squad. He released his first single, Liza Jane, with The King Bees, in 1964. David released his first album in 1967 under the Decca Records’ Deram label, and called it David Bowie. He also released a single about the same time called, The Laughing Gnome, which was recorded in the fast Chipmonk style vocals. None of the records hit the charts and it was 2 years before he released any more records.

In 1969 David released his single, Space Oddity, which he had released about the same time as the first landing on the moon. The song became a Top 5 U. K. Hit. His second album, also called, David Bowie, caused some confusion in the U. K. So in 1972 the album was re-released with the name, Space Oddity. The Man Who Sold the World was his third album released. A lot of the album resembled British heavy metal. From the album came the single hit, Lulu.

David moved to West berlin to dry out (from his drug addiction) and also because of his interest in German music and he wanted to revive his music career. David was the co-writer of Queen’s Under Pressure song and it was performed with David. The song became David’s third U. K. Number 1 single. David has been awarded 4 Awards during his musical career and has released 28 albums.