On January 11, 2016 the world said goodbye to one of the world’s most iconic singers, David Bowie, after his courageous 18-month battle with cancer.
Bowie, who was born David Jones, came of age in the glam rock era of the early 1970s.
In the first of many re-inventions that were to make him a style icon, he renamed himself David Bowie in 1966 to avoid confusion with Davy Jones. The 1970s was the decade that saw him dominate the British music scene and conquer the United States, bringing forth a string of successful albums.
The 1980s saw Bowie win over a new generation with “Let’s Dance,” which yielded the hit singles “China Girls,” and “Modern Love.” His unwavering ability to reinvent his image was accompanied by a string of albums until heart problems curtailed his productivity in the 2000s.
“My entire career, I’ve only really worked with the same subject matter,” Bowie said in a 2002 interview with The Associated Press. “The trousers may change, but the actual words and subjects I’ve always chosen to write with are things to do with isolation, abandonment, fear and anxiety - all of the high points of one’s life.”
Bowie kept a low profile in recent years after a reported heart attack in the 2000s. After a decade of silence, Bowie released “The Next Day,” in 2013. It recalled his days in Berlin in the 1970s and was hailed by critics as a major comeback. An innovator to the end, Bowie moved away from pop into a new jazz sound in his 26th and final studio album, “Blackstar,” which was released just days before his passing.