R.I.P David Bowie
On the 10th January 2016, David Bowie sadly passed away after his battle with cancer. Bowie was a figure in popular music for decades and entetained thousands. He was a great English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, painter, and actor that will be missed by all.
David Bowie’s first hit song, “Space Oddity”, reached the top five of the UK Singles Chart after its release in July 1969. After a three-year period away from music, he came back with the hit single “Starman” and the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Bowie’s impact at that time, as described by biographer David Buckley, “challenged the core belief of the rock music of its day” and “created perhaps the biggest cult in popular culture”.
Graduating from his plastic saxophone to a real instrument in 1962, Bowie formed his first band at the age of 15. Playing guitar-based rock and roll at local youth gatherings and weddings, the Konrads had a varying line-up of between four and eight members, Underwood among them. When Bowie left the technical school the following year, he informed his parents of his intention to become a pop star. His mother, Margaret Mary “Peggy”, from Kent, worked as a waitress, while his father, Haywood Stenton “John” Jones, from Yorkshire, was a promotions officer for Barnardo’s.
Before his death, David Bowie released his last album on Friday 8th January and has been set to top the charts.
R.I.P David Bowie!