David Bowie

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Legal name: David Robert Jones


David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie (/ˈbi/), was an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was a figure in popular music for over five decades, regarded by critics and musicians as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, his music and stagecraft significantly influencing popular music. During his lifetime, his record sales, estimated at 140 million worldwide, made him one of the world's best-selling music artists. In the UK, he was awarded nine platinum album certifications, eleven gold and eight silver, releasing eleven number-one albums. In the US, he received five platinum and seven gold certifications. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

Born and raised in South London, Bowie developed an interest in music as a child, eventually studying art, music and design before embarking on a professional career as a musician in 1963. "Space Oddity" became his first top-five entry on the UK Singles Chart after its release in July 1969. After a period of experimentation, he re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era with his flamboyant and androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust. The character was spearheaded by the success of his single "Starman" and album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, which won him widespread popularity. In 1975, Bowie's style shifted radically towards a sound he characterised as "plastic soul", initially alienating many of his UK devotees but garnering him his first major US crossover success with the number-one single "Fame" and the album Young Americans. In 1976, Bowie starred in the cult film The Man Who Fell to Earth and released Station to Station. The following year, he further confounded musical expectations with the electronic-inflected album Low (1977), the first of three collaborations with Brian Eno that would come to be known as the "Berlin Trilogy". "Heroes" (1977) and Lodger (1979) followed; each album reached the UK top five and received lasting critical praise.

After uneven commercial success in the late 1970s, Bowie had UK number ones with the 1980 single "Ashes to Ashes", its parent album Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), and "Under Pressure", a 1981 collaboration with Queen. He then reached his commercial peak in 1983 with Let's Dance, with its title track topping both UK and US charts. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Bowie continued to experiment with musical styles, including industrial and jungle. Bowie also continued acting; his roles included Major Celliers in Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983), the Goblin King Jareth in Labyrinth (1986), Pontius Pilate in The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), and Nikola Tesla in The Prestige (2006), among other film and television appearances and cameos. He stopped concert touring after 2004 and his last live performance was at a charity event in 2006. In 2013, Bowie returned from a decade-long recording hiatus with the release of The Next Day. He remained musically active until he died of liver cancer two days after the release of his final album, Blackstar (2016).

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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
David Bowie: The Collection David Bowie 1
Fame and Fortune David Bowie 1
Glamour David Bowie 1
God Knows I’m Good: The BBC‐Sessions 1967–1971 David Bowie 1
The Complete Arnold Corns Sessions David Bowie 1
The Laughing Gnome David Bowie 1
The Legendary Lost Tapes David Bowie 1

Album + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 Interview_ David Bowie 1
1987 …The Interview David Bowie 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974 David Live David Bowie 6
1976 1976-03-23: Resurrection on 84th Street: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY, USA David Bowie 2
1976 1976-05-07: The Wembley Wizard Touches the Dial: Wembley Empire Pool, Wembley, UK David Bowie 2
1978 Stage David Bowie 5
1979 Neon Permafrost David Bowie 1
1984 Serious Moonlight David Bowie 3 3
1989 Live Santa Monica ’72 David Bowie 4 12
1990 Montreal Connection David Bowie 1
1990 1990‐01: New Jersey Radio Networks – Superstar Concert Series, Part 1 David Bowie 1
1990 1990‐05‐15: Live in Japan: Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan David Bowie 1
1990 Strange Fascination David Bowie 2
1991 Rock in Rio 1990 David Bowie 1
1993 1987: Let’s Dance: Montreal, QC, Canada David Bowie 1
1993 Total Recall 1990 David Bowie 1
1994 Another Stage David Bowie 1
1994 Soul Asylum David Bowie 1
1995 1983‐04‐27: Complete Dallas Rehearsals: Dallas, TX, USA David Bowie & Stevie Ray Vaughan 1
1996 L Dopa David Bowie 1
1996 1995-10-11: Live. Inside: Riverport Amphitheater, Maryland Heights, Missouri David Bowie 1
1996 Stage 1. Hurling Disdain David Bowie 1
1996 Telling Lies David Bowie 1
1997 50 Dead Dogs David Bowie 1
1997 Divine Symmetry David Bowie 1
1997 Earthling TV David Bowie 1
1997 Fuck You All Night Long David Bowie 1
1997 Little Wonder in Paradiso David Bowie 1
1997 Paradiso 97 David Bowie 1
1997 Quicklive David Bowie 1
1998 Outside in Budapest David Bowie 1
1998 Seven Months in America David Bowie 1
1998 The Chaos Girls David Bowie 1
1998 Va Va Va Voom David Bowie 1
1999 1973-04-08: Who'll Love Aladdin Sane in Tokyo: The Shibuja Koseinenkin Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan David Bowie 1
1999 1973‐04‐11: Ziggy Goes to East: Kosei Nenkin‐Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan David Bowie 1
2000 Dead Dreams David Bowie 1
2000 French Affair David Bowie 1
2000 Glastonbury Messiah David Bowie 1
2000 Kit Kat Klub New York 11/19/99 David Bowie 1
2000 liveandwell.com David Bowie 1
2000 Raw Moon Rehersals David Bowie 1
2001 Wealth and Authority David Bowie 1
2002 Acces Libre David Bowie 1
2002 Glass Spider David Bowie 4 3
2002 Some Soul in a Lonely World David Bowie 1
2004 1987-08-28: A Son of the Circus: Lansdowne Park, Ottawa, ON, Canada David Bowie 1
2006 2004-06-05: 40 Years to Reality: PNC Art Center, Holmdel, NJ, USA David Bowie 1
2009 VH1 Storytellers David Bowie 3 2
2010 A Reality Tour David Bowie 4 3
2012 Birthday Celebration David Bowie & Friends 2
2015 Day in Day Out: Radio Broadcast, Australia 1987 David Bowie 1
2015 Outside Tour Rehearsals David Bowie 1
2016 Dublin: I’m In Clover David Bowie 1
50th Birthday Concert David Bowie 2
1971-09-25: Aylesbury 1971: Boroughs Assembly Rooms, Aylesbury Friars Club, Aylesbury, UK David Bowie 1
1972-07-08: Royal Festival Hall, London, UK David Bowie 1
1974‐09‐05: Universal Ampitheater, Los Angeles, CA, USA David Bowie 1
1990-09-27: David Bowie en Chile: Festival "Rock en Chile", Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile David Bowie 1
1990‐03‐13: Olympic Saddledome, Calgary, AB, Canada David Bowie 1
1990‐08‐19: MECC, Maastricht, Netherlands David Bowie 1
1995-09-14: A Hyper Circle: The Meadows Music Arena, Hartford, CT, USA David Bowie 2
1995-10-28: Great Western Forum, Inglewood, CA, USA David Bowie 1
1995‐10‐19: Thomas & Mack Arena, Las Vegas, NV, USA Nine Inch Nails & David Bowie 1
1996-06-22: The Last Hero: Loreley Festival, St. Goarshausen, Germany David Bowie 1
2004‐04‐22: Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, USA David Bowie 1
Absolutely Outside: Starting Fires David Bowie 1
Bridge Benefit 96 David Bowie 1
Happy Birthday Mr Bowie David Bowie 1
Last Beat David Bowie 1
Live USA David Bowie 1
Loreley Festival, Germany David Bowie 1
Pinpoints of Light David Bowie 1
Super Creep Outsider Tour '95 David Bowie 1
Thin White Duke Live David Bowie 1

Album + Soundtrack + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars: The Motion Picture Soundtrack David Bowie 5 11

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Club Bowie: Rare and Unreleased 12″ Mixes David Bowie 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Christiane F.: Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo David Bowie 3.5 3
1984 Love You Till Tuesday David Bowie 4
1986 Labyrinth David Bowie / Trevor Jones 2.65 5
1993 The Buddha of Suburbia David Bowie 2.5 6
2016 Lazarus (2016 original New York cast) David Bowie and Enda Walsh 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1966 Do Anything You Say / Good Morning Girl David Bowie 1
1966 I Dig Everything / I’m Not Losing Sleep David Bowie 1
1966 Rubber Band David Bowie 1
1967 The Laughing Gnome David Bowie 1 2
1967 Love You Till Tuesday David Bowie 1
1967 Everything Is You / Social Girl David Bowie 1
1969 Space Oddity David Bowie 4
1970 The Prettiest Star David Bowie 1
1970 Memory of a Free Festival David Bowie 1
1971 Bombers / Eight Line Poem (alternate version) David Bowie 1
1972 Changes David Bowie 1

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