David Bowie: Timeline

  
  
  
  
  
  
  

  • 1940s

    • January 8, 1947: "David Robert Jones (born 8 January 1947), best known by his stage name David Bowie, is a British singer, songwriter, and actor." - David Bowie, Wikiquote.
    • September, 1947: David Bowie was born David Robert Jones in Brixton, London to parents who were married in September 1947 shortly after his birth. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
  • 1950s

  • 1960s

    • 1962: Graduating to a real instrument, he formed his first band in 1962, The Konrads. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • January 14, 1966: Young singer David Jones changes his last name to Bowie to avoid being confused with Davy Jones of the Monkees - 1966 in music, Wikipedia.
    • 1967: Bowie released his first album in 1967 for the Decca Records offshoot Deram, simply called David Bowie. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 1969: And 1970, "Space Oddity" was used by the BBC during both its Apollo 11 moon landing coverage and its coverage of Apollo 13. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 1969: Bowie's first flirtation with fame came in 1969 with his single "Space Oddity," written the previous year but recorded and released to coincide with the first moon landing. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • August, 1969: The Arts Lab hosted a Free Festival in a local park, later immortalised by Bowie in his song "Memory of a Free Festival". - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • November, 1969: The corresponding album, his second, was released in November 1969 and originally titled David Bowie, which caused some confusion as both of Bowie's first and second albums were released with that name in the UK. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
  • 1970s

    • March 19, 1970: They married on 19 March 1970 at Bromley Register Office in Beckenham Lane, Bromley, Kent, England where she permanently took his adopted last name. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 1970: Bowie released his third album, The Man Who Sold the World, rejecting the acoustic guitar sound of the previous album and replacing it with the heavy rock backing provided by Mick Ronson, who would be a major collaborator through to 1973. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 1970s: The core band that coalesced around this album and tour—rhythm guitarist Alomar, bassist George Murray, and drummer Dennis Davis—would remain a stable unit through the 1970s. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 1970s: Active in five decades of popular music and frequently reinventing his music and image, Bowie is widely regarded as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • May 30, 1971: Their only son was born on 30 May 1971 and named Zowie (Zowie later preferred to be known as Joe/Joey, although now he has reverted to his legal birth name - "Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones"). - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • January, 1972: Bowie confirmed his bisexuality in an interview with Melody Maker in January 1972, a move coinciding with the first shots in his campaign for stardom as Ziggy Stardust. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • June, 1972: Bowie further explored his androgynous persona in June 1972 with the seminal concept album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, which presents a world destined to end in five years and tells the story of the ultimate rock star, Ziggy Stardust. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 1972: The album was re-released on both sides of the Atlantic by RCA Records as Space Oddity, the title it has kept ever since. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 1972: The Tower introduced America to David Bowie and The Spiders from Mars in 1972 as well as the then-unknown Genesis with Peter Gabriel that same year; Genesis played a midnight concert with a $4 admission price. - Tower Theater (Upper Darby, Pennsylvania), Wikipedia.
    • 1972: Bowie's own back catalogue was now highly sought: The Man Who Sold the World had been re-released in 1972 along with the second David Bowie album (Space Oddity). - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 1972: The Ziggy Stardust character became the basis for Bowie's first large-scale tour beginning in 1972, where he donned his famous flaming red mullet and wild outfits, designed by Kansai Yamamoto. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 1972: As with the single "Changes", Hunky Dory was not a big hit but it laid the groundwork for the move that would shortly lift Bowie into the first rank of stars, giving him four top-ten albums and eight top ten singles in the UK in eighteen months between 1972 and 1973. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 1972: Other covers include a version by Claudia Lennear who was probably introduced to the song after her meeting with David Bowie during his 1972 USA tour. - It Ain't Easy (song), Wikipedia.
    • September 22, 1972: This was Bowie’s first tour to visit the US, making his first appearance on 22 September 1972 at Music Hall in Cleveland, Ohio. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • April, 1973: The Spiders From Mars came together again on Aladdin Sane, released in April 1973 and his first number one album in the UK. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 1973: David Bowie recorded a cover for his Pin Ups album in 1973. - Shapes of Things, Wikipedia.
    • July 3, 1973: Bowie toured and gave press conferences as Ziggy before a dramatic and abrupt on-stage "retirement" at London's Hammersmith Odeon on 3 July 1973. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • December, 1974: To follow on the release of the album, Bowie launched a massive Diamond Dogs tour in North America from June to December 1974. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 1976: The album was produced in 1976 and released in early 1977. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 1976: Bowie's first major film role in The Man Who Fell to Earth in 1976, earned acclaim. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 1977: It was the first of two LPs released in 1977 which Pop wrote and recorded in collaboration with David Bowie. - The Idiot (album), Wikipedia.
    • 1977: David Bowie and Iggy Pop received a tape of Devo demos from the wife of Michael Aylward, guitarist in another Akron band, Tin Huey. - Are We Not Men? We Are Devo!, Wikipedia.
    • 1977: Bowie also appeared on the Granada music show Marc, hosted by his friend and fellow glam pioneer Marc Bolan of T. Rex, with whom he had regularly socialised and jammed before either achieved fame. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 1977: Their name was taken from a track on the seminal 1977 David Bowie album Low. - Subterraneans (band), Wikipedia.
    • 1978: Bowie and his band embarked on an extensive world tour in 1978 (including his first concerts in Australia and New Zealand) which featured music from both Low and Heroes. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 1978: 1978 was also the year that saw Bowie narrating Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
  • 1980s

    • February 8, 1980: They separated after eight years of marriage and divorced on 8 February 1980, in Switzerland. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 1980s: In the 1980s, Bowie continued with film roles and also starred in the Broadway production of The Elephant Man (1980–81). - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • September 24, 1980: As "Ashes to Ashes" hit number one on the UK charts, Bowie opened a three-month run on Broadway starring in The Elephant Man on 24 September 1980. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 1982: The soundtrack was released in 1982 and contained a version of "Heroes" sung partially in German that had previously been included on the German pressing of its parent album. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 1982: He was based in a large chalet in Blonay until 1982 and then moved to an early twentieth-century residence called the Château du Signal in Lausanne, which was built by a Russian prince and decorated with woodwork and ornate faience. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 1982: Five years later, the song would prove a worldwide festive hit, charting in the UK at number three on Christmas Day 1982. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 1982: He made a cameo appearance as himself in Christiane F., focusing on a young girl's drug addiction. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 1983: Bowie had a cameo as The Shark in Yellowbeard, a 1983 pirate comedy made by some of the members of Monty Python, and a small part as Colin the hit man in the 1985 film Into the Night. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 1983: It would mark Bowie’s final new release on RCA, as 1983 saw him change record labels from RCA to EMI America. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 1983: Bowie also starred in The Hunger (1983), a revisionist vampire movie with Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 1983: Before appearing in The Hunger, a TV horror serial based on the 1983 movie, Bowie was invited by musician Goldie to play the aging gangster Bernie in Andrew Goth's Brighton Rock inspired movie, Everybody Loves Sunshine. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 1983: Bowie scored his first truly commercial blockbuster with Let's Dance in 1983, a slick dance album co-produced by Chic's Nile Rodgers. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • November 26, 1983: The final date of David Bowie's Serious Moonlight World Tour was attended by either 74,480 fans (according to bootleg recordings) or by 83,000 (according to the promoter years later [2]). - Western Springs Stadium, Wikipedia.
    • 1984: Bowie had originally planned on writing a musical to 1984, but his interest waned after encountering difficulties in licensing the novel. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 1984: Diamond Dogs was the product of two distinct ideas: a musical based on a wild future in a post-apocalyptic city, and setting George Orwell's 1984 to music. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 1985: Bowie performed several of his greatest hits at Wembley for Live Aid. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 1986: Bowie contributed several songs to as well as acted in the film Absolute Beginners. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 1986: He also took a role in the 1986 Jim Henson film Labyrinth, as Jareth, the Goblin King who steals the baby brother of a girl named Sarah (played by Jennifer Connelly), in order to turn him into a goblin. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • May 30, 1987: The Glass Spider Tour was preceded by nine promotional press shows before the 86-concert tour actually started on 30 May 1987. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 1987: Bowie decided to tour again in 1987, supporting the Never Let Me Down album. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • August, 1988: Bowie portrayed Pontius Pilate in the Martin Scorsese film The Last Temptation of Christ. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 1989s: He was briefly considered for the role of The Joker by Tim Burton and Sam Hamm for 1989's Batman. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
  • 1990s

  • 2000s

    • 2000: Bowie has previously declined the British honour Commander of the British Empire in 2000, and a knighthood in 2003. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 2000: Sessions for the album commenced in 2000, but the album was never released, leaving a number of tracks, some as yet unheard, on the editing floor. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 2001: Bowie appeared as himself in the film Zoolander, volunteering himself to be a walkoff judge between Ben Stiller's character Zoolander, and Owen Wilson's character, Hansel. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • October, 2001: Bowie opened The Concert for New York City, a charity event for to benefit the victims of the 11 September terrorist attacks, with a minimalist performance of Simon & Garfunkel's "America, followed by a full band performance of "Heroes". - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 2002: The result of the sessions was the 2002 album Heathen, which had a dark atmospheric sound, and was Bowie's biggest chart success in recent years. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 2002: 2002 saw Bowie curate the annual Meltdown festival in London. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 2002: "In the distance a car was driving slowly past the reservoir and these words were just streaming out and there were tears running down my face." - David Bowie, Wikiquote.
    • 2002: "It was early in the morning, the sun was rising and through the windows I could see two deer grazing down below in the field." - David Bowie, Wikiquote.
    • 2002: In the BBC's 2002 poll of the 100 Greatest Britons, Bowie ranked 29. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 2003: Bowie has previously declined the British honour Commander of the British Empire in 2000, and a knighthood in 2003. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 2003: No Balance Palace also featured a spoken word performance by Lou Reed, making it the second project involving both Bowie and Reed in two years, since Reed's 2003 The Raven. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 2003: A report in the Sunday Express named Bowie as the second-richest entertainer in the UK (behind Sir Paul McCartney), with an estimated fortune of £510 million. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • September, 2003: Bowie released a new album, Reality, and announced a world tour. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 2004: A duet of his classic song "Changes" with Butterfly Boucher appeared in Shrek 2. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • October, 2004: Bowie released a live DVD of the tour, entitled A Reality Tour of his performances in Dublin on 22 and 23 November 2003, which included songs spanning the full length of Bowie's career, although mostly focusing on his more recent albums. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 2005: However, the 2005 Sunday Times Rich List credited him with a little over £100 million. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • September 8, 2005: David Bowie finally returned to the stage on 8 September 2005, alongside Arcade Fire, for the US nationally televised event Fashion Rocks, his first gig since the heart attack. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • September 15, 2005: He joined them again on 15 September 2005, singing "Queen Bitch" and "Wake Up" from Central Park's Summerstage as part of the CMJ Music Marathon. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • February 8, 2006: David Bowie was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 2006: Bowie portrayed Nikola Tesla alongside Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman in The Prestige, directed by Christopher Nolan. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • December 26, 2006: The former performance was released, on 26 December 2006, as a single. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • May, 2007: It was announced that Bowie would curate the High Line Festival in the abandoned railway park in New York called the High Line where he would select various musicians and artists to perform. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • September, 2007: He made a contribution of $10,000 to the NAACP[90] for the Jena Six Legal Defense Fund to help with legal bills of six black teenagers arrested and charged with crimes related to their involvement in the assault of a white teenager in Jena, Louisiana. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • November 12, 2007: Later on November 12, 2007 a TV movie aired titled Atlantis SquarePantis, guest staring David Bowie as the voice of Lord Royal Highness. - SpongeBob SquarePants, Wikipedia.
    • June 29, 2008: Bowie released a new compilation entitled iSELECT. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • 2009: EMI released the original multitrack recordings of Space Oddity and held a fan contest to create remixes from the material. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
    • September 25, 2009: A double-album of the 2003 A Reality Tour was announced. - David Bowie, Wikipedia.
  • 2010s







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