The music world has suffered a major loss with the passing of David Bowie, who died of cancer on Sunday, just two days after his 69th birthday.
One of the greatest showmen and innovators of rock music, Bowie has a legacy stretching back almost 50 years, from “Space Oddity” to his newest album, Blackstar released last Friday.
A genre-bending, gender-bending artist, Bowie spent the ’70s experimenting with different sounds and styles, providing an iconic soundscape for the decade with such classics as “Heroes,” “Changes,” “Golden Years,” the Number One single “Fame,” and the sublime “Boys Keep Swinging,” in which he used sound and vision years before the arrival of MTV.
Bowie continued to excel in the ’80s, releasing the greatest commercial success of his career with 1983’s Let’s Dance, the title track of which was his final Number One in the U.S.
He continued recording both as a solo artist, and with Tin Machine, and made forays into the film world, with memorable roles in The Hunger, The Man Who Fell To Earth, Basquait, and Jareth The Goblin King in the 1986 fantasy Labyrinth.
While he stepped away from his early proclamation of bisexuality, Bowie was one of the first artists to bring gender and sexual nonconformity to the mainstream.
He was married for more than 20 years to model Iman, with whom he had daughter Alexandria Jones.
Duncan, his son from a previous marriage,tweeted a heartbreaking response to his father’s passing.
Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all. pic.twitter.com/Kh2fq3tf9m
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) January 11, 2016
During his career, David Bowie released 27 studio albums and 111 singles. His influence in music and pop culture will be remembered forever.
“Look up here, I’m in heaven,” he sang in “Lazarus,” off Blackstar.
“I’ve got scars that can’t be seen. I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen. Everybody knows me now. Look up here, man, I’m in danger. I’ve got nothing left to lose.”