David Bowie is an eclectic and highly influential glam rock singer and performer who became internationally famous with "Space Oddity." He was born David Robert Jones in London and first recorded under his real name (as David Jones) before changing his stage name to David Bowie to avoid confusion with the Monkees' Davy Jones.
In 1972, Bowie debuted on the US charts with "Changes" (which recharted in 1975). Bowie's best known songs include "Space Oddity" (1973), "Fame" (1975), "Let's Dance" (1983), and "Dancing In The Street" (with Mick Jagger). His string of hits continued through the end of the 1990s.
Bowie's career is characterized by continual reinvention and musical innovation, and over the years, he has adoped various alter egos that reflect his different musical phases such as "Ziggy Stardust" and "Thin White Duke." Bowie is also an actor whose movie credits include "The Man Who Fell to Earth" (1976) and "Labyrinth" (1986) in which he co-starred and performed.
David Bowie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
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- Changes 1972
(This song recharted in 1974.)
- Fame 1975
(This song topped the charts.)
- Golden Years 1975
- The Jean Genie 1972
- Lady Grinning Soul 1973
(B-side of both "Let's Spend The Night Together" (1973) and "Rebel Rebel" (1974))
- Let's Spend The Night Together 1973
(This song was previously a hit for the Rolling Stones (1967).)
- Rebel Rebel 1974
- Space Oddity 1973
(This famous song about the fictional astronaut Major Tom was originally released as a single in 1969 and became a minor hit that year. "Space Oddity" later recharted in 1973 and became a Top 40 hit.)
- Starman 1972
- Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud 1969
(B-side of 1969 release of "Space Oddity")
- Young Americans 1975
plastic soul(as David Bowie described it) song is included in Rolling Stone magazine's list of 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.)
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