Singer and actor David Bowie has died aged 69, following a battle against Cancer.
The performer, who turned 69 only three days ago, had been ill for 18 months a statement via his official website states. Bowie has recently had album success both stateside and in the UK with his latest release Blackstar, the title track the theme tune to Sky drama The Last Panthers which debuted in November last year. The six part series, jointly pan-European commission from Sky and CANAL+ in France, starred Samantha Morton alongside Tahar Rahim, Croatian star Goran Bogdan and John Hurt.
David’s music career has spanned five decades with several image re-inventions over the years. Including glam persona Ziggy Stardust. Collaborations included with Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger for 1985’s Dancing In the Street and Queen’s 1981 track Under Pressure sharing vocals with the late Freddie Mercury.
Born in Brixton, London, in 1947, his first major hit was 1969’s Space Oddity reaching the UK top 5 in July that year. In 1972 as Ziggy he released Starman and his first big success stateside was 1975’s Fame – reaching number one on the US Billboard and making the top twenty in the UK. The track had been co-written with John Lennon who also provided the backing vocals on the track. Other popular tracks include Young American’s, Let’s Dance, The Jean Genie, The Man Who Sold The World, which proved a bigger hit for Lulu, with Bowie on backing vocals and Life On Mars? to name only a few.
In 1977 the unusual pairing of Bing Crosby and David were brought together for the ITC-ATV Christmas Special ‘Merry Olde Christmas‘ produced at the ATV Elstree centre for ITV. The duet, Little Drummer Boy, never recorded in a professional studio was released from the TV soundtrack, and has been a festive favorite ever since.
As well as working as a music producer, songwriter, instrumentalist and painter Bowie also had a successful career as an actor appearing in television series Dream On as well as numerous movies including Absolute Beginners, which he performed the title track, Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, Yellow Beard and the narrator in the re-issued version of festive cartoon The Snowman.
In a statement published via David’s official social media, it notes the singer died on January 10th, two days after his 69th birthday. It continues:
“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”
Pictured Top: Recent publicity shot released to promote Blackstar in 2015. Pictured Middle: Davie Bowie performs on Granada Television’s Marc show in 1977 hosted by fellow singer Marc Bolan and Pictured Bottom: Two shots of David Bowie on ITC-ATV’s Merry Olde Christmas presented by crooner Bing Crosby in 1977.