WASHINGTON, January 11, 2016 – Singer David Bowie, arguably one of the most influential, and chameleon- like musicians of his era, has died of cancer at the age of 69. For those of the age that surrounded the record player to listen to his 1969 release “Space Oddity,” news of Bowie’s death is met with a mixture of tears and smiles.
Tears for the loss, smiles for the impact his songs had on our musical library and lives. If I had to chose a theme song for my life it would be Heroes – “I wish you could swim, like dolphins can swim…”
David Bowie was born David Robert Jones in Brixton, South London, England, on January 8, 1947 adopting the name Bowie after the American Bowie Knife.
A statement was issued on his social media accounts, saying he “died peacefully, surrounded by his family” after an “18-month battle with cancer.”
Bowie is popularly known for his song “Space Oddity,” so much that everyone knows the refrain, which framed the moon landing of Apollo 11…
and then again, when Commander Chris Hardfield, aboard the International Space Station, broadcast this gravity free version:
Tributes have been paid from around the world to the “extraordinary artist” who continued working even as he battled the cancer he kept secret. Bowie recently co-wrote “Lazarus,” which opened in New York last month. The new musical featuring his songs was inspired by his role in the 1976 film, “The Man Who Fell to Earth.” Bowie’s last album, Blackstar, was released just days ago days ago to great praise.
Bowie was known for his fearless artistry. Before it was popular, or accepted, he bent the lines of gender and perception while creating music that allowed the listener to reach the stars.
Now the Starman is waiting in the sky – and the stars will surely shine brighter for it.
“Has there ever been a pop star cooler than David Bowie? Through a career spanning nearly 50 years and a wide assortment of styles and genres— including a few he helped pioneer— this multifaceted artist and personality has continued to pique our curiosity without compromising or embarrassing himself.
“Not all of Bowie’s projects have been mind-blowing, of course; but his latest album, Blackstar— out Friday, his 69th birthday— is an unqualified triumph. Texturally adventurous, sonically stunning and full of both ambivalence and yearning, it reveals a musician who has seldom acknowledged boundaries or courted accessibility in top form, with most accessible results.
“Blackstar reaffirms both his gift for flash and the soulfulness that sustains it — the fire under his chilly exterior, which by all indications is burning as brightly as ever.”
Bowie’s son Duncan Jones, who is a Bafta-winning film director, wrote on Twitter: “Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all.”
— Classic Alternative (@altclassic) January 11, 2016
The condolences of Communities Digital News to his family, friends and fans around the world. David Bowie you will be missed.
As John & I had very few friends, we felt David was as close as family. Sweet memories will stay with us forever. pic.twitter.com/WoZsztnm4E
— Yoko Ono (@yokoono) January 11, 2016