David Bowie Exits Our Realm of Existence
by Jody Haskins for The Laguna Spectator
David Bowie (January 8, 1947 – January 10, 2016) has passed away after an 18 month battle with liver cancer. He was a classic rock icon whose unique and innovative contributions to the genre will never be forgotten. His whole life was lived with dignity and class which he personified one last time when he found out he had cancer and chose to keep it to himself. His preferred method to say goodbye to his fans was through his favorite and best form of expression, his music.
David Bowie was an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, painter and actor. Bowie was a figure in popular music for over four decades, and was known as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s.
His first hit single ‘Space Oddity’ was released in 1969 and it reached the top five in the UK. Never one to rest on his success, he re-invented his persona in 1972 as the androgynous Ziggy Stardust on the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. The short-lived alter ego Ziggy was just one of many reinventions throughout his varied career.
In 1975, Bowie achieved his first major American success with the album ‘The Young Americans’ and it’s number-one single ‘Fame’. He had a UK #1 single with the 1980 single “Ashes to Ashes” and in 1981 he scored a mega hit with Queen on the single “Under Pressure” David Bowie scored big hits again thanks to his extremely popular video’s on MTV for ‘China Girl’ and ‘Let’s Dance’ in 1983. He stopped touring after his 2003 tour and he last performed live in 2006. Bowie released the studio album Blackstar on January 8, 2016, his 69th birthday, two days before his death.
Here is the first single from his last album. It is titled Lazarus after the man who died and was raised from the dead after four days by Jesus.