Just two days before his death, the British David Bowie released his latest and 25th studio album “Blackstar”, coinciding with his 69th birthday on January 8th. The critically acclaimed album was an example of Bowie at his genre, capable of reinventing himself and willing to break new ground even in the twilight of his career.
Bowie, died January 10, 2016 at the age of 69 after an 18-month battle with cancer. He never failed to surprise throughout a career that spanned six decades and multiple genres, influencing not just music but also art, fashion and film.
Born David Robert Jones in Brixton, South London, in 1947, Bowie changed his name in 1966 to avoid confusion with Monkees singer Davy Jones, an early example of the constantly morphing identity he would cultivate throughout his career. It was also the start of decades of heated debates over how to pronounce his last name properly.The mid-70s saw Bowie branch into the “plastic soul” sound of albums like 1975’s “Young Americans”, a period that also gave rise to his first US No. 1 single, “Fame”, co-written with John Lennon and Carlos Alomar, before he changed direction once more for the triptych of albums “Low”, “Heroes” and “Lodger”, produced in collaboration with Brian Eno.The ’80s brought with it Bowie’s most commercially successful album “Let’s Dance”, a diversion into a more concretely pop sound that won him a new generation of fans. Bowie’s life had transformed in other ways by this stage of his career. In 1970, he married Angie Bowie stay together just for 10 years. In 1992, he married his second wife, Somali-American model, Iman. They have one daughter together, Alexandria “Lexi” Zahra Jones, born in August 2000. Later that decade he invented what became known as a Bowie Bond – netting $55 million by floating his back-catalogue on Wall Street.
Not only in music field, he is known in movies career where he also taking off, with starring roles in “The Man Who Fell to Earth” in 1976 and “Labyrinth” in 1986. The unexpected release of the single “Where Are We Now?” and album “The Next Day” in 2013, therefore, took many by surprise. The album gave Bowie his first UK Top 10 hit since