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David Bowie (1947-2016)

Monday, 11 January 2016 10:18

On January 10, 2016, the world lost legend David Bowie.

This statement was released late Sunday:

"David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief."

David Robert Jones (David Bowie) was born on January 8, 1947. The English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor had a stunning career for over four decades; a career that began with the saxophone at 13-years-old, inspired by the Jazz of London West End. 

According to his website, “Early bands he played with – The Kon-Rads, The King Bees, the Mannish Boys and the Lower Third –provided him with an introduction into the showy world of pop and mod, and by 1966 he was David Bowie, with long hair and aspirations of stardom rustling about his head.”

Bowie’s first album, The Man Who Sold The World, was released in the spring of 1971 to minimal fanfare and Bowie took his first trip to the United States to promote it; however, it wasn’t until 1975, Bowie achieved his first major American crossover with his single "Fame.”
In the late 70s, Bowie surprised fans and his label recording the album Low - the electronic-inflected album. This was the first of three (Heroes and Lodger) collaborations with Brian Eno. These "Berlin Trilogy" albums all reached the UK top five and received lasting critical praise.
In the early 80s, Bowie entered the film world, taking the lead in The Hunger, and penning the theme song for Cat People.

Three years later, Bowie dropped the album Let’s Dance, becoming the most commercially successful album of his career.

By 1999, Bowie saw more even more success - voted as the biggest music star of the 20th century by readers of The Sun newspaper. In the same month David was voted the sixth Greatest Star of The Century by Q Magazine and its readers.

On January 8, 2013, Bowie released a new single entitled 'Where Are We Now' and announced the release of a new album The Next Day - his 30th studio album.

And described as a parting gift, on his 69th birthday, he released his final farewell video to his fans "Lazarus."

(with files from

Listen as Mark Wigmore joins Garvia Bailey during Good Morning Toronto with the news, Monday.

On Tuesday's Bee's World, Jaymz Bee remembers the music icon.

Here's the viral GIF of David Bowie by Helen Green

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