David Robert Jones, a.k.a. David Bowie, is born in Brixton, London.
David Bowie’s timely single about an astronaut, “Space Oddity,” hits #5 on the UK charts.
David Bowie releases ‘The Man Who Sold the World’ in the US.
David Bowie releases ‘Hunky Dory,’ which contains the classic “Changes.”
David Bowie scores his first Top Forty hit in the US with the re-release of 1969’s “Space Oddity.”
David Bowie’s ‘Hunky Dory’ hits #93.
Bowie declares his bisexuality in the British Magazine ‘Melody Maker.’ In later years, he distances himself from such statements.
David Bowie’s ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars’ enters the UK album charts.
David Bowie’s “Starman” hits #10 in the UK and #65 in the US.
Mott the Hoople’s “All the Young Dudes,” a glam-rock anthem penned and produced by David Bowie, hits #3 in the UK.
David Bowie opens his first US tour in Cleveland, Ohio.
David Bowie and the Spiders from Mars sell out New York City’s Carnegie Hall on their gender-bending Ziggy Stardust tour.
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.
David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust hits #75.
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),
Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side,” produced by David Bowie, hits #16.
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.
David Bowie hits #8 with ‘David Live’.
David Bowie hosts an NBC-TV special.
David Bowie releases Diamond Dogs which will eventually peak at #5.
David Bowie begins filming ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’.
“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.
David Bowie’s “Golden Years” goes to #10.
David Bowie’s ‘Station to Station’ enters the album charts. It is the highest-charting album of Bowie’s career, peaking at #3.
‘The Man Who Fell to Earth,’ a science-fiction movie starring David Bowie in an award-winning performance, debuts takes place in London.
David Bowie’s compilation album ‘Changesonebowie’ hits #10 in the US.
David Bowie releases ‘Low,’ the first of a trilogy of more experimental albums that also includes ‘Heroes’ (1977) and ‘Lodger’ (1978).
David Bowie wins the US Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror Films Best Actor Award for ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’.
Iggy Pop releases ‘The Idiot’ and it hits #30 in the UK and #32 in the US. The album is produced by David Bowie.
David Bowie records his guest appearance on ‘Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas’. Bowie and Bing perform a duet of “The Little Drummer Boy.”
Iggy Pop releases ‘Lust for Life’. The album is produced by David Bowie.
David Bowie hits #35 in the US with Heroes, a collaboration with Brian Eno.
David Bowie hits #20 in the US with ‘Lodger’.
Pete Townshend, Stevie Nicks, Mick Jagger, Adam Ant, Pat Benatar, the Police and David Bowie kick off the “I Want My MTV” advertising campaign.
“Let’s Dance”, featuring Stevie Ray Vaughn on guitar, is David Bowie’s first #1 hit in both the US and UK.
‘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).
David Bowie’s ‘Outside,’ a challenging and unconventional “gothic hyper-drama,” is released.
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.
David Bowie turns fifty.
The entrepreneurial David Bowie launches his own Internet Service provider, BowieNet.
‘hours...’, a pensive, end-of-the-millenium album by David Bowie, is released.