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← The Life and Career of David Bowie

In this video, takes a look at the life and career of English singer, musician and actor, David Bowie.

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  1. Welcome to,

  2. and today we are taking a look at
    the life and career of David Bowie.
  3. David Robert Jones was born on January 8th,
    1947 in Brixton, London, England.
  4. Though he showed musical
    interest at a young age,
  5. it was only in the early 60s
    that he really pursued the art.
  6. He started by joining several blues bands,
  7. but branched off on his own
    when they had little success.
  8. Renaming himself David Bowie,
    he released his self-titled debut in 1967.
  9. Its lack of success led Bowie to participate
    in a promotional film called
  10. "Love You till Tuesday,"
  11. which showcased several of his songs.
  12. Of particular interest was "Space Oddity."
  13. That track became a hit after it was released
    at the same time as the first moon landing.
  14. His sophomore effort of the same name,
    however, was another commercial disappointment.
  15. To promote his third album,
    The Man Who Sold the World,
  16. Bowie was put in a dress to capitalize
    on his androgynous look.
  17. In 1971, a pop-influenced record called Hunky Dory came out
  18. and was followed by the creation of his flamboyant Ziggy Stardust persona
  19. and stage show with backing band, The Spiders from Mars.
  20. Then came his breakthrough record,
  21. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars,
  22. which climbed the charts thanks to his performance of the single, "Starman" on "Top of the Pops."
  23. 1973's Aladdin Sane was his first number one album,
  24. mixing a hard rock sound with styles such as avant-garde jazz.
  25. The Spiders from Mars were disbanded shortly thereafter.
  26. After the covers album, Pin Ups, turned Bowie into the UK's best-selling artist,
  27. the funky concept record, Diamond Dogs, featuring the hit, "Rebel Rebel," was released.
  28. The elaborate stage shows for the tour that followed,
  29. as well as the worsening state of Bowie's health due to his cocaine addiction,
  30. would later be seen in the documentary, "Cracked Actor."
  31. 1975 saw the release of Young Americans,
  32. an album that was less glam rock and more soul.
  33. This album spawned his first U.S. hit,
  34. a track that was written with John Lennon, "Fame."
  35. His next album, Station to Station, featured the song, "Golden Years,"
  36. and introduced another alter ego, the Thin White Duke.
  37. This persona resembled his character in the 1976 movie,
  38. "The Man Who Fell to Earth."
  39. Up next was a trio of albums recorded with Brian Eno known as the Berlin Trilogy,
  40. beginning with 1977's Low.
  41. This ambient and abstract album produced the UK hit, "Sound and Vision."
  42. This was followed by a more pop rock but still minimalist album called Heroes,
  43. whose title track later became a Bowie signature tune.
  44. And in 1979, with his drug addiction now behind him, Bowie released Lodger,
  45. which contained new wave and world music elements.
  46. 1980's Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) featured the hit, "Ashes to Ashes,"
  47. which was accompanied by an iconic music video.
  48. Bowie's career leapt to new heights in 1983 with the success of the album, Let's Dance,
  49. and the music videos for the singles, "Modern Love"
  50. and "China Girl."
  51. High sales continued with the dance-inspired Tonight,
  52. an album that featured the Top 10 hit, "Blue Jean."
  53. In 1985, the music video for Bowie's duet with Mick Jagger, "Dancing in the Street,"
  54. was debuted at Live Aid.
  55. Two years later, Bowie released the more techno-based album, Never Let Me Down,
  56. that featured the single, "Day-In, Day-Out."
  57. Bowie took on a number of acting roles during the '80s.
  58. Examples include a Broadway production of "The Elephant Man,"
  59. and the films, "Absolute Beginners," "Labyrinth,"
  60. and "The Last Temptation of Christ."
  61. At the end of the 80s, Bowie fronted a band called Tin Machine,
  62. which recorded two studio albums.
  63. But, they dissolved in 1992.
  64. Bowie then returned to his solo career with the jazzier album,
  65. Black Tie White Noise, in 1993.
  66. This was closely followed by the soundtrack for a television series called
  67. The Buddha of Suburbia.
  68. In 1995, Bowie brought industrial elements to the mix with the album Outside.
  69. He gained more critical and commercial success
  70. with the techno-infused sounds of 1997's Earthling.
  71. 1999 saw the release of an album with more rock tracks entitled "Hours..."
  72. This was followed by the critically and commercially acclaimed Heathen in 2002
  73. and another successful record in 2003 called Reality.
  74. Emergency heart surgery in 2004 forced Bowie to slow down,
  75. so in the latter half of the decade,
  76. he recorded only a few songs and played a couple of gigs.
  77. Bowie continued to act while he released albums.
  78. Some of his most notable film appearances include
  79. "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me,"
  80. "Mr. Rice’s Secret," "Zoolander," and "The Prestige."
  81. A true chameleon of the music world,
  82. David Bowie has incorporated many different styles to make his own.
  83. With his distinctive voice and extravagant stage shows,
  84. he is surely an artist who will continue to be influential throughout the ages.