David Bowie Music News and Trivia

David Bowie, whose incomparable sound and chameleon-like ability to reinvent himself made him a pop music fixture for more than four decades, has died. He was 69.

  • His eyes were both blue. However, one pupil was permanently dilated due to a fight, and as a result, one eye looked darker than the other.
  • In 1968 while he was still a struggling artist, David Bowie wrote some English lyrics to a French song titled “Comme d’Habitude” (“As Usual”). His version, “Even a Fool Learns to Love”, never did get recorded, but when the French melody caught the attention of Paul Anka, he reworked the lyrics and the song became “My Way”. Of course, when Frank Sinatra recorded “My Way” his way, it turned to gold.
  • David Bowie had one son in 1971 with his then-wife Angie Bowie, originally named Zowie – who later changed it to Joe and who is now known as Duncan Jones.

David Bowie is dead at the age of  69

  • (August 15, 2000) Daughter, with Iman, Alexandria Zahra Jones born.
  • David Bowie was the first sexually ambiguous British pop star, declaring himself bisexual in 1972 (before contemporaries such as Freddie Mercury and Elton John made similar declarations) and only five years since male homosexuality had been decriminalized in the UK. In a magazine interview, he stated that he met his first wife when they were in a relationship with the same man. Whether this was true or a joke has been the subject of much speculation.
  • He was of English and Welsh ancestry, the Jones side of the family having roots in West Wales.
  • In his composition “Slip Away”, on his album “Heathen”, he makes cryptic references to The Uncle Floyd Show (1974), a program popular in the late 1970s and 1980s in the New York City area. Broadcast on a local television station, it featured two puppets, “Oogie” and “Bones Boy”, mentioned in the song, as well as the host, “Uncle” Floyd Vivino.

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  • Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and the American Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005.
  • David Bowie contributed the song “Loving the Alien” to the War Child album “Hope.”.
  • His 1972 album “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” came 8th in Classic Rock Magazine’s list of the 30 greatest concept albums of all time. [March 2003]
  • Performed with (on separate occasions) Queen, Mick Jagger, Iggy Pop, Al B. Sure!, Tina Turner, Annie Lennox, Nine Inch Nails and Bing Crosby.

“You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.” – David Bowie

  • Something that he and actor John Hurt had in common is that both men played the Elephant Man.
  • Consistently listed as one of the richest British born pop stars in the world. Heat magazine listed his earnings for the year 2001 at over $30 million.
  • Turned down the role of Max Zorin for the James Bond film A View to a Kill (1985), citing his lack of enthusiasm for recent Bond villains.
  • His song “Life on Mars” was covered by Marillion frontman Steve Hogarth and the H Band on the album “Live Spirit: Live Body” (released 2002).
  • David Bowie cited Little Richard as his first musical influence.
  • He declined the royal honor of Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2000, and turned down a knighthood in 2003.
  • His song “Five Years” was covered by former Marillion singer Fish on his 1993 album “Songs from the Mirror”, a collection of songs which reflected his musical influences.
  • In a 1983 interview with Rolling Stone, he revealed that his bisexuality was really a sham. He claimed he made the story up to create more mystery about himself.
  • Took the pseudonym “David Bowie” to keep himself from being confused with Davy Jones of The Monkees.
  • (June 25, 2004) Had an emergency angioplasty in Germany while on his current tour. The remainder of the tour was obviously cancelled.
  • Recorded with Lou Reed.
  • He could play basically any kind of instrument, even performing the excellent sax solo at the end of “Heroes.” Although a talented rhythm guitarist, the one aspect of music Bowie found himself lacking in was as a lead guitarist.
  • He was voted the 39th Greatest Artist in Rock ‘n’ Roll by Rolling Stone.
  • Turned down the role of Captain Hook in Hook (1991), which went to Dustin Hoffman.
  • Underwent triple heart bypass surgery following a heart attack. [July 2004]
  • His son, Duncan Jones, was his best man at his 1992 wedding to Iman.
  • His son is currently studying at a film school in the United Kingdom.
  • He was loosely the basis for the film Velvet Goldmine (1998).
  • Sang a duet with Kasper Eistrup on the album “No Balance Palace” by the Danish rock band Kashmir.
  • Was credited as himself in Zoolander (2001). He was the judge of the fashion “walk-off” between Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller.
  • He was the first major recording artist to release a song only on the Internet.
  • Mentioned in the song “Life Is a Rock But the Radio Rolled Me” by Reunion.
  • Son of Margaret Mary Jones.
  • Winner of the British Phonographic Industry Award for British Male Solo Artist in 1984 following the success of his multi-million selling album “Let’s Dance”.
  • Winner of the 1996 Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution.
  • Gave up his 50 cigarettes a day smoking habit in 2004.
  • In November 1997, Business Age magazine reported his net worth as being over $900 million, surpassing even that of fellow British musician Paul McCartney, making him Britain’s richest rock star. In 1999, Reuters placed his net worth at roughly $917 million. In 2003, the Sunday Express claimed his net worth was still in the $900 million (£510 million) range but that this placed him second to Paul McCartney. However, in 2005, the Sunday Times Rich List pegged his fortunes at roughly $185 million (£100 million).
  • Played 14 different instruments.
  • Played Serbian/American scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla in The Prestige (2006).
  • He was originally supposed to play Max Zorin in A View to a Kill (1985), but the role went to Christopher Walken instead. Many years later he admitted, “It was simply a terrible script and I saw little reason for spending so long on something that bad, that workmanlike. And I told them so. I don’t think anyone had turned down a major role in a Bond before. It really didn’t go down too well at all. They were very tetchy about it.”.
  • Ranked #12 on VH1’s 100 Sexiest Artists.
  • Ranked #7 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll.
  • He allegedly declined British knighthood in 2003 for his services to music.
  • Considered “Tonight” (released in 1984) and “Never Let Me Down” (released in 1987) to be his weakest albums.
  • Resided in London, England and New York City.
  • Has appeared in Bing Crosby’s last television show before his death, a Christmas special taped in London that aired after Crosby’s death in December 1977. It is memorable for Crosby and Bowie singing a duet of “The Little Drummer Boy”: Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas (1977).
  • He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 12, 1997.
  • Early in his career, Bowie was once snubbed by The Beatles’ Apple record label.
  • Had a fear of flying (Aviophobia).
  • Asked Stevie Ray Vaughan to play guitar on the album “Let’s Dance” after seeing Double Trouble perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
  • The Sunday Times list estimated his net worth at $164 million.
  • His song “Heroes” was recorded by Peter Gabriel on his album “Scratch My Back”, released in 2010. It was a very different arrangement from Bowie’s original, with Gabriel’s voice accompanied only by orchestral instruments.
  • In 1969, he starred in a black-and-white Lyons Maid ice cream commercial directed by Ridley Scott. (The slogan was: “The pop ice cream. Nine pence.”) In 1983, Bowie starred in The Hunger (1983) directed by Ridley’s brother Tony Scott.
  • He went through a heroin addiction, which resulted in him blacking out and unable to account for his own behavior for much of the mid-1970s. His song “Ashes to Ashes” documents his struggles with drugs.
  • Was good friends with the late Freddie Mercury and remains friends with Elton John, both of whom were his big chart rivals in the 1970s and 1980s.
  • He was awarded Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters by French culture minister Catherine Trautmann in 1999.
  • Inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in June 2013.
  • Was the main inspiration for Tilda Swinton’s character in A Bigger Splash (2015), Rock musician Marianne Lane. Swinton appeared next to Bowie on the music video for his song “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”.
  • Bob Geldof envisaged him as singing the first line on “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Band Aid. However, Bowie was unavailable for the recording, so Paul Young sang it instead as it was felt he had the closest voice to Bowie.
  • He is mentioned in the lyrics of the theme tune for Only Fools and Horses…. (1981), one of the UK’s most popular sitcoms of all time.

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