David Bowie Departs: The Stars Look Very Different Today

by Peter Wendel
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David Bowie ch-ch-changed everything.

The London-born musical genius who brought us Ziggy Stardust, Major Tom and smash hits like “Changes,” “Rebel Rebel,” “Let’s Dance” and “Fame” brought a new sound and spectacle to rock music in the early-’70s. He was light years ahead of his time.

After a hard-fought battle with cancer, David Bowie has departed this Earth at the age of 69.

As one of the most influential artists of his generation, Bowie synthesized an array of sub-genres like glam rock, hard rock, art rock, dance pop, punk, electronica and soul. The result remains one of the most unique sounds in music today. He will be dearly missed.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Be sure to check out some of David Bowie’s most memorable songs and appearances at bottom.

Billboard reports:

David Bowie has died after a battle with cancer, his rep confirmed to Billboard. He was 69.

Image_edited-1“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief,” read a statement posted on the artist’s official social media accounts.

The influential singer-songwriter and producer excelled at glam rock, art rock, soul, hard rock, dance pop, punk and electronica during his eclectic 40-plus-year career. He just released his 25th album, Blackstar, Jan. 8, which was his birthday.

Bowie’s artistic breakthrough came with 1972’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, an album that fostered the notion of rock star as space alien. Fusing British mod with Japanese kabuki styles and rock with theater, Bowie created the flamboyant, androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust.

Three years later, Bowie achieved his first major American crossover success with the No. 1 single “Fame” off the top 10 album Young Americans, then followed with the 1976 avant-garde art rock LP Station to Station, which made it to No. 3 on the charts and featured top 10 hit “Golden Years.”

Other memorable songs included 1983’s “Let’s Dance” — his only other No. 1 U.S. hit — “Space Oddity,” “Heroes,” “Changes,” “Under Pressure,” “China Girl,” “Modern Love,” “Rebel, Rebel,” “All the Young Dudes,” “Panic in Detroit,” “Fashion,” “Life on Mars,” “Suffragette City” and a 1977 Christmas medley with Bing Crosby.

Here are some of David Bowie’s most memorable songs and appearances. Rest in peace.

Space Oddity

Ziggy Stardust

Changes

Rebel Rebel

Let’s Dance

Peter Wendel is a journalist and PR consultant. He's attended hundreds of concerts and festivals, including the Peach, Mountain Jam, the All Good and Lockn'. He's ridden legendary Grateful Dead runs from Ventura County Fairgrounds to Irvine Meadows (CA) from the Nassau Coliseum (NY) to the Boston Garden (MA). Peter is a former U.S. Marine who – after running into trouble with every last one of his commanding officers – received an honorable discharge and a direct order never to return. Born in California and raised in New Jersey, Peter lived in Boston and Joshua Tree (CA) before settling in the nation's capital. Find him on tour at PWendel@SongMango.com.

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