Few artists of the 70s had as much as an impact on modern music (and aged so gracefully) as David Bowie. He was one of the original pioneers of glam rock as well as plastic soul, creating nine platinum albums throughout his career and selling out tour dates around the world. In addition to purely musical contributions, Bowie has made numerous stylistic contributions to the world of music; including an androgynous style best personified by one of rock's first alter egos, Ziggy Stardust. Bowie's is a creamy, crooning voice that has spanned generations and retained a fresh sound that is still accessible to this very day. While David Bowie has no tour dates in 2011, fans are eagerly waiting a comeback for this member of rock royalty.
David Robert Jones was born in Brixton, London, on January 8, 1947. As he grew older, he began playing the ukelele and tea-chest bass in skiffle bands. For the next few years, Bowie unsuccessfully moved from band to band in search of success, eventually adopting the last name of the famous American pioneer to distance himself from Davy Jones of The Monkees. Bowie made a last-ditch effort to make it big as a musician by making a short, thirty minute film titled I'll Love You Until Tuesday, which included a new song titled, "Space Oddity". The song became a hit before the launch of Apollo 11, but quickly faded from the public eye. On tour dates years later, Bowie had the idea to create a character with the personality of Iggy Pop that sang like Lou Reed and "who looks like he's landed from Mars."
By 1972, David Bowie had fully developed his ultimate rock star from Mars character, and given him a name: Ziggy Stardust. Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars quickly became a huge success as they performed tour dates across the UK. The group soon released an album -- The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars -- that finally achieved the success Bowie had been looking for. After co-producing and singing back-up on Lou Reed's solo debut, Transformer, he released Aladdin Sane, which became his first #1 record. Soon after, the psychological toll of immersing himself in the character of Ziggy on tour dates became too much for Bowie, and he retired the persona forever.
In 1974, Bowie moved to the US and shortly thereafter released Diamond Dogs (1974) and Young Americans (1975), which marked a move towards "plastic soul." While living with Iggy Pop and working with Brian Eno, Bowie composed his "Berlin Trilogy", which included Low (1977), Heroes (1977), and Lodger (1979) and would be performed on tour dates by the persona "The White Duke". The albums featured numerous experimental techniques that created a sound unlike anything Bowie had ever created. David brought himself fully into the 80's with his 1983 album, Let's Dance, best exemplified by the title track and "China Girl". Bowie's musical career has significantly slowed in recent years and, while there are no tour dates in 2011, fans eagerly anticipate the announcement of a new album or concert tour.
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