David Bowie


David Bowie

Brendan Smith, Editor In Chief

David Robert Jones, also known as David Bowie, was a very famous song writer and singer in his time. He created many notable songs such as “Space Oddity”, “I’m Afraid of Americans”, and “China Girl.” Although many youth of today’s world might not know the name of Bowie, adults know him for his work towards modern rock.

Bowie was born on January 8 1947 in Brixton, South London. He lived on the border of South London and attended Stockwell Infants School. There he was given a reputation of a “single minded” and a “gifted” child. In 1953, David and his family moved to Bromley, England. A few years later he attended Burnt Ash Junior School. The school choir said his voice was average but, oddly enough, he was excellent at playing the recorder.

At age 15 he created his first band.  They played at various different events from youth gatherings to weddings. He was later angered at the limited ability of his bandmates and quit.  He joined the “King Bees.” He was known as Davie Jones. Although that got very confusing with Davy Jones of “The Monkeys” so he changed his stage name to David Bowie. “Bowie” came from Jim Bowie who made the Bowie Knife popular.

In 1969 “Space Oddity” was released. Just five days before the Apollo 11 launch. That would be one of his most famous songs. In 1972-1973 Bowie was known as “Ziggy Stardust.” During this phase the album being produced was “The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars”. “Stardust” would later drop the alter ego and go back to “David Bowie”. In 1976 he moved to Switzerland. Bowie would produce many songs during his career. The last songs by him was “Lazarus” and “Blackstar” they were released previous of his passing.

Throughout his career Bowie received many awards. He has a star in in the walk of fame in Hollywood. In 1996 the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame proudly inducted him in. In 2016 Bowie was the winner of the Y-Not Radio’s Modern rock Madness. He was the first and only member of the Modern Rock Hall of Fame. Sadly David Bowie died on January 10, 2016. Just two days after his birthday. He suffered from liver cancer. While David Bowie was not perfect and had his demons, he was a musical genius and modern rock would not be the same without him.