Happy Birthday to one of the most influential musicians in rock history, David Bowie. Bowie turns 65 today, and we’re wishing him the best of health now and in the future. Here’s to hoping he hits the stage at some point once again.
Born in Brixton, south London, in 1947 and loved for his flamboyant, androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust, Bowie first caught the world’s attention in the late 1960s. His song ‘Space Oddity’ reached the top five in the UK singles chart in 1969 and by 1972 his hit single ‘Starman,’ along with the album ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’ ensured him poll position in the glam rock era.
Biographer David Buckley wrote that his songs “challenged the core belief of the rock music of its day” and “created perhaps the biggest cult in popular culture”.
Throughout his career Bowie is estimated to have sold 140 million albums and in 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him 39th in their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Despite his vast international success, Bowie has not released an album since ‘Reality’ in 2003.
A year later, during a performance at the Hurricane Festival in Germany, he suffered severe chest pains due to a blocked artery which required surgery. The remainder of the tour was cancelled as a result and he has now not played live since 2006.
Bowie has also had a successful movie career, including the lead role in Jim Henson’s ‘Labyrinth’ as Jareth, The Goblin King. He also starred in ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth.’