David Bowie

  • Birth Name: David Robert Jones
  • Birth Place: Brixton, London, England
  • Died: January 10, 2016
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Producer
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  • Changed his name from Jones to Bowie to avoid confusion with Davy Jones of the Monkees.
  • His teacher in art school was Peter Frampton's father; Frampton later played guitar for Bowie on a concert tour.
  • Sang "Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth" with Bing Crosby on a 1977 Christmas special.
  • Penned signature songs for Mott the Hoople ("All the Young Dudes") and Iggy Pop ("Lust for Life," cowritten with Pop).
  • Parlayed his distinctive speaking voice and icy good looks into a part-time acting career, earning roles in such films as The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), Labyrinth (1986) and The Prestige (2006), plus a stint on Broadway in The Elephant Man (1980).
  • Was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
  • Received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2006.
  • Was named one of GQ's 50 Best Dressed British Men in 2015.
  • Released the album Blackstar on his 69th birthday in January 2016; he succumbed to cancer only two days later.


  • 1983, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1984, Grammy — Best Music Video - Short Form: Winner
  • 2016, Grammy — Best Rock Song: Winner
  • 2016, Grammy — Best Rock Performance: Winner
  • 2016, Grammy — Best Alternative Music Album: Winner
  • 2016, Grammy — Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: Winner


  • Margaret Mary Burns — Mother
  • Terry Burns — Half Brother
  • Angela Bowie — Ex-wife
  • Alexandria Zahra Jones — Daughter
  • Hayward Stenton Jones — Father
  • Iman — Wife
  • Duncan Jones — Son
  • Zulekha Haywood — Stepdaughter
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