There will never be another individual like David Bowie. The music superstar, who was born David Robert Jones in 1974, would have been 75 today, January 8. Unfortunately, he left this world in 2016 after a private battle with liver cancer, dying in his New York City apartment just days after his 69th birthday. The world hasn't been the same since, and many people are commemorating him today by listening to his music, seeing his movies, and remembering the influence he made during his time on this planet. For those who want a taste of Bowie's remarkable and varied career, here's a collection of six songs that embody the man's intellect and charm.
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It is, without a doubt, David Bowie's most important song. The spectacular 47-year career that followed would not have happened without "Space Oddity," from David's second self-titled album.
The Spiders from Mars split up with Bowie following a personal feud, but reformed for 1971's Hunky Dory, with Trevor Bolder replacing the departing Visconti. On their following album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, the band honed their glam-rock skills. Bowie will also develop his first persona for this record.
The iconic Bowie makeup — the blue and red lightening bolt across the face – was inspired by the cover image for Aladdin Sane. It was Bowie's first album written while he was a full-fledged rockstar.
The "Berlin Trilogy" consists of three successive albums issued by David Bowie from 1977 to 1979: Low, "Heroes," and Lodger. Bowie co-wrote the trilogy with Brian Eno and producer Tony Visconti.
If there is one song that has become associated with David Bowie, it is the title track from his 1997 album "Heroes." While the song was not a commercial success when it was initially published, it has evolved into a strong item in Bowie's discography in the decades thereafter. It was also the music of one of his life's most pivotal events.
David concluded the '80s as a member of the rock band Tin Machine. His first solo album of the 1990s was 1993's Black Tie White Noise, which received four stars from Rolling Stone and was described as "one of the sharpest recordings of a very clever career."