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David Bowie

1947

David Robert Jones, a.k.a. David Bowie, is born in Brixton, London.

1969

David Bowie’s timely single about an astronaut, “Space Oddity,” hits #5 on the UK charts.

1970

David Bowie releases ‘The Man Who Sold the World’ in the US.

1971

David Bowie releases ‘Hunky Dory,’ which contains the classic “Changes.”

1972

David Bowie scores his first Top Forty hit in the US with the re-release of 1969’s “Space Oddity.”

1972

David Bowie’s ‘Hunky Dory’ hits #93.

1972

Bowie declares his bisexuality in the British Magazine ‘Melody Maker.’ In later years, he distances himself from such statements.

1972

David Bowie’s ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars’ enters the UK album charts.

1972

David Bowie’s “Starman” hits #10 in the UK and #65 in the US.

1972

Mott the Hoople’s “All the Young Dudes,” a glam-rock anthem penned and produced by David Bowie, hits #3 in the UK.

1972

David Bowie opens his first US tour in Cleveland, Ohio.

1972

David Bowie and the Spiders from Mars sell out New York City’s Carnegie Hall on their gender-bending Ziggy Stardust tour.

1973

Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side,” a musical tour of the New York demimonde from the David Bowie-produced ‘Transformer,’ becomes an unlikely Top Forty hit.

1973

David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust hits #75.

1973

David Bowie releases ‘Aladdin Sane’ ("a lad insane"), a further elaboration upon his hard-rocking spaceman persona. It yields the singles “Jean Genie” (#2 UK, #71 US) and “Drive-In Saturday” (#3 UK),

1973

Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side,” produced by David Bowie, hits #16.

1973

David Bowie’s ‘Pin-Ups,’ on which he covers 13 nuggets from London pop scene of the Sixties, hits #23. It is his third album in little over a year.

1973

David Bowie hits #8 with ‘David Live’.

1973

David Bowie hosts an NBC-TV special.

1974

David Bowie releases Diamond Dogs which will eventually peak at #5.

1975

David Bowie begins filming ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’.

1975

“Fame,” a song from David Bowie’s ‘Young Americans’ album, tops the US singles charts. It is cowritten by Bowie, John Lennon and guitarist Carlos Alomar.

1976

David Bowie’s “Golden Years” goes to #10.

1976

David Bowie’s ‘Station to Station’ enters the album charts. It is the highest-charting album of Bowie’s career, peaking at #3.

1976

‘The Man Who Fell to Earth,’ a science-fiction movie starring David Bowie in an award-winning performance, debuts takes place in London.

1976

David Bowie’s compilation album ‘Changesonebowie’ hits #10 in the US.

1977

David Bowie releases ‘Low,’ the first of a trilogy of more experimental albums that also includes ‘Heroes’ (1977) and ‘Lodger’ (1978).

1977

David Bowie wins the US Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror Films Best Actor Award for ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’.

1977

Iggy Pop releases ‘The Idiot’ and it hits #30 in the UK and #32 in the US. The album is produced by David Bowie.

1977

David Bowie records his guest appearance on ‘Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas’. Bowie and Bing perform a duet of “The Little Drummer Boy.”

1977

Iggy Pop releases ‘Lust for Life’. The album is produced by David Bowie.

1977

David Bowie hits #35 in the US with Heroes, a collaboration with Brian Eno.

1979

David Bowie hits #20 in the US with ‘Lodger’.

1982

Pete Townshend, Stevie Nicks, Mick Jagger, Adam Ant, Pat Benatar, the Police and David Bowie kick off the “I Want My MTV” advertising campaign.

1983

“Let’s Dance”, featuring Stevie Ray Vaughn on guitar, is David Bowie’s first #1 hit in both the US and UK.

1989

‘Tin Machine,’ the first of three albums by Tin Machine—a quartet that includes David Bowie—is released. The other are ‘Tin Machine II’ (1991) and the live ‘Oy Vey, Baby’ (1992).

1995

David Bowie’s ‘Outside,’ a challenging and unconventional “gothic hyper-drama,” is released.

1996

David Bowie is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the eleventh annual induction dinner. Madonna and David Byrne are his presenters.

1997

David Bowie turns fifty.

1998

The entrepreneurial David Bowie launches his own Internet Service provider, BowieNet.

1999

‘hours...’, a pensive, end-of-the-millenium album by David Bowie, is released.