A David Bowie biography offers a great lesson in the rewards of never giving up on your dreams. Frim humble beginnings, Bowie has grown to become a singer, songwriter and actor, often referred to as a chameleon for his uncanny ability to change his look and sound to fit current trends.
David Robert Jones, who later changed his last name to David Bowie, was born on Jan 8, 1947 in London, England. He became interested with music early on, learning to play the saxophone at 13 years old. It was during his childhood that Jones got into a fight with a friend that resulted in a scratched eye. The scratch created a permanently dilated pupil that gives him the appearance of having two different colored eyes.
As Jones hit his teen years, the revolutionary 1960s were just beginning. He was already singing with rock bands in the early 1960s; by 1966, he had recorded singles with three different groups. However, Jones decided he wanted to go solo. He changed his name from David Jones to David Bowie to avoid confusion with the popular singer, Davy Jones.
Bowie recorded an unsuccessful solo album in the mid 1960s. After the albums failure, he began to dabble in other artistic fields, particularly mime. His other artistic pursuits did not take off, so he signed another album deal. In 1969 his single, "Space Oddity," was released and used in Britain's coverage of the US moon landing. Though the single was a hit, Bowie's next two albums fizzled.
In 1972, Bowie made a huge comeback with his conceptual album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, where he played a bi-sexual alien rock star. He was the quintessential glam rocker for awhile, but switched gears in 1975 to release the soul-inspired album, Young Americans. In 1976 he appeared in his first big movie, The Man Who Fell to Earth.
In 1983, Bowie became a huge commercial success with his album, Let's Dance. He also won critical acclaim for his role in the film, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence. His next albums received little notice and Bowie abandoned his solo career to start a heavy metal band called Tin Machine. In 1986 he got a leading role in the flop Labyrinth, which effectively ended his appeal as an audience-drawing name for film.
In 1992, Bowie re-launched his solo singing career with the album, Black Tie White Noise, inspired by his recent marriage to supermodel Iman. This was the second marriage for Bowie. He married his first wife, Angela, in 1970, but they'd divorced in 1980 after having one son, Zowie, in 1971. In 2000, his second child, a daughter named Alexandria, was born to Bowie and Iman.
In 1995, Bowie released his album, Outside, to dismal reviews. However, the album soon gained respect and popularity. In 1997 he was officially awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He released a few more luke-warm albums until, in 2002, he finished Heathen, which was released to enthusiastic reviews. Bowie continues to re-invent his sound and appearance with each passing year, proving that true talent is never out of style.