David Bowie has been active in music for 5 decades and constantly reinvented his style, both visably and musically to retain his relevance and appeal. David Robert Hayward-Jones was born on 8th January 1947. Bowie's first major break came in 1969 when "Space Oddity" reached the top 5 in the UK single charts.
In 1972, Bowie re-emerged during the glam rock era as alter ego Ziggy Stardust with the hit single "Starman" and the album "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars". Ziggy Stardust was short lived but was the start of a career marked by innovation, reinvention and visual presentation. 1975 saw Bowie achieve major success in America with the No. 1 single "Fame", co-written by John Lennon. He also had a hit with the 'plastic soul' album "Young Americans", this was another shift in style which alienated many of his UK fans. The release of minimalist album "Low" was a top 5 in the UK and the first of three colloborations with Brian Eno which was known as the "Berlin Trilogy", all of which reached the UK top 5.
In 1980 the single "Ashes to Ashes" make No.1 and it's album "Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)" did the same in the album chart. 1981 saw Bowie colloborate with Queen on the No. 1 single "Under Pressure" and in 1983 Bowie saw theend of his commercial success with the album "Let's Dance" and hit singles "Let's Dance", "China Girl" and "Modern Love".
David Bowie sits in high regard in a number of polls including being ranked 29th in BBC's 2002, 100 Greatest Britons and Rolling Stone ranked him 39th in their list of 100 Greatest Rock Artists of All Time. Bowie ranks among the 10 best-selling UK pop acts with an estimated 136 million albums sold.
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