The Life of David Bowie

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  • Birth of a Star

    Birth of a Star
    David Bowie was born David Robert Jones in Brixton, London, on 8 January 1947. His parents ,Peggy and John Jones, and the rest of the family lived at 40 Stansfield Road, located near the border of the south London areas of Brixton and Stockwell.
  • David Receives His First Instrument

    David Receives His First Instrument
    Bowie's interest in music was sparked at the age of nine when his father brought home a collection of American 45s, including Fats Domino, Chuck Berry and, most particularly, Little Richard.
    Upon listening to "Tutti Frutti", Bowie would later say, "I had heard God".
  • Punched In the Eye

    Punched In the Eye
    When Bowie was fifteen years old, his friend, George Underwood, wearing a ring on his finger, punched him in the left eye during a fight over a girl. Bowie was forced to stay out of school for eight months so that doctors could conduct operations to repair his potentially blinded eye. Doctors could not fully repair the damage, leaving his pupil permanently dilated. As a result of the injury, Bowie has faulty depth perception. Bowie has stated that although he can see with his injured eye, his co
  • GoodBye Davie Jones

    GoodBye Davie Jones
    During the early 1960s, Bowie was performing either under his own name or the stage name "Davie Jones", and briefly even as "Davy Jones", creating confusion with Davy Jones of The Monkees. To avoid this, in 1966 he chose "Bowie" for his stage name, after the Alamo hero Jim Bowie and his famous Bowie knife.
  • Self-Titled CD Released

    Self-Titled CD Released
    David Bowie is the eponymously-titled debut album by rock musician David Bowie, released in 1967 by Deram Records, a Decca offshoot. Its content bears little overt resemblance to the type of music that later made Bowie famous, such as the folk rock of "Space Oddity" or the glam of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.
  • Hunky Dory is released

    Hunky Dory is released
    Hunky Dory is the fourth album by English singer-songwriter David Bowie, released by RCA Records in 1971. It was Bowie's first release through RCA, which would be his label for the next decade.
  • Aladdin Sane Album is released

    Aladdin Sane Album is released
    Aladdin Sane is an album by David Bowie, released by RCA Records in 1973 (see 1973 in music). The follow-up to his breakthrough The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, it was the first album Bowie wrote and released as a bona fide pop star.
  • Heroes Album released

    Heroes Album released
    "Heroes" is an album by David Bowie, released in 1977. The second installment of his 'Berlin Trilogy' with Brian Eno (the other releases being Low and Lodger) "Heroes" developed the sound of Low in a more positive direction.
  • Never Let Me Down is released in April 1987.

    Never Let Me Down is released in April 1987.
    It drew some of the harshest criticism of Bowie's career, condemned by critics as a faceless piece of product and ignored by the public — Bowie himself said that the album featured good songwriting that was ruined by overly commercial and dull production.
  • Heathen is Relased

    Heathen is Relased
    Heathen was considered something of a comeback for Bowie in the U.S. market; it was his highest charting album (#14) since Tonight (1984), and earned some of his strongest reviews since Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) (1980). Worldwide, it sold over two million copies and experienced a four-month run on the UK charts.