David Bowie, one of the most influential singer-songwriters of a generation, has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 69.
The announcement came via his social media, “David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”
He had a career spanning over 40 years that touched on every musical genre.
His new album was released on his birthday, January 8th and in retrospect, many wonder if it was his swansong. Was he saying goodbye on his final album? ‘Lazarus,‘ the latest single from the new album, might have been his farewell song with the opening line, “Look up here. I’m in heaven.” The final track ‘I Can’t Give Everything Away‘… was that perhaps Bowie’s way of telling the world he was keeping the secret of his imminent demise? This was also the first Bowie album to not feature his image, instead the cover art was a simple with a simple blackstar.
David Bowie was born in London, England in 1947 as David Jones, however because of the fame of Davy Jones from the Monkees, he changed his name in 1966. His first album was Man of Words/Man of Music which featured ‘Space Oddity.’ Bowie’s big break came in 1972 with the release of the iconic The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. An album that created the flamboyant alter ego Ziggy Stardust, an androgynously flamboyant rock star space alien. Three years later he crossed the pond to America with the top single ‘Fame‘ from the album Young Americans, which was quickly followed by the album Station to Station, which gave us ‘Golden Years.’ After that the music just seemed to keep coming.
We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of his albums (not including collaborations):