David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), referred to expertly as David Bowie (/ˈboʊi/BOH-ee), was an English vocalist lyricist and on-screen character. He was a main figure in the music business and is viewed as one of the most compelling performers of the twentieth century. He was acclaimed by pundits and artists, especially for his imaginative work during the 1970s. His vocation was set apart by reevaluation and visual introduction, with his music and showmanship significantly affecting mainstream music. During his lifetime, his record deals, assessed at more than 100 million records around the world, made him one of the world's top of the line music specialists. In the UK, he was granted ten platinum collection accreditations, eleven gold and eight silver, and discharged eleven number-one collections. In the US, he got five platinum and nine gold confirmations. He was accepted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Drifter set him among its rundown of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and following his passing in 2016, Bowie was named "The Greatest Rock Star Ever" by the magazine.
Conceived in Brixton, South London, Bowie built up an enthusiasm for music as a kid, in the end contemplating craftsmanship, music and configuration before setting out on an expert profession as an artist in 1963. "Space Oddity" turned into his first top-five passage on the UK Singles Chart after its discharge in July 1969. After a time of experimentation, he reappeared in 1972 during the glitz rock period with his ostentatious and gender ambiguous modify conscience Ziggy Stardust. The character was led by the achievement of his single "Starman" and collection The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, which won him across the board prominence. In 1975, Bowie's style moved drastically towards a sound he described as "plastic soul", at first estranging a large number of his UK lovers however gathering him his first significant US hybrid accomplishment with the main single "Acclaim" and the collection Young Americans. In 1976, Bowie featured in the religion movie The Man Who Fell to Earth, coordinated by Nicolas Roeg, and discharged Station to Station. The next year, he further puzzled melodic desires with the electronic-curved collection Low (1977), the first of three joint efforts with Brian Eno that came to be known as the "Berlin Trilogy". "Legends" (1977) and Lodger (1979) followed; every collection arrived at the UK top five and got enduring basic commendation.
After lopsided business achievement in the late 1970s, Bowie had UK number ones with the 1980 single "Cinders to Ashes", its parent collection Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps), and "Under Tension", a 1981 joint effort with Queen. He arrived at his business top in 1983 with Let's Dance; the collection's title track bested both UK and US outlines. All through the 1990s and 2000s, Bowie kept on trying different things with melodic styles, including mechanical and wilderness. He likewise kept acting; his jobs included Major Jack Celliers in Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983), Jareth the Goblin King in Labyrinth (1986), Pontius Pilate in The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), and Nikola Tesla in The Prestige (2006), among other film and TV appearances and appearances. He quit visiting after 2004 and his last live exhibition was at a cause occasion in 2006. In 2013, Bowie came back from 10 years in length recording rest with The Next Day. He remained musically dynamic until he kicked the bucket of liver malignant growth at his home in New York City, two days after his 69th birthday celebration and the arrival of his last collection, Blackstar (2016).