Factbox - David Bowie launches new single

Tue Jan 8, 2013 4:07pm IST

An image of David Bowie is projected on screen as it was announced he had won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammy Special Merit Awards and Nominee Reception held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, California February 7, 2006. REUTERS/Phil McCarten/Files

An image of David Bowie is projected on screen as it was announced he had won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammy Special Merit Awards and Nominee Reception held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, California February 7, 2006.

Credit: Reuters/Phil McCarten/Files

REUTERS - Here is a look at British singer David Bowie's career and some of his greatest hits as he launches his first new single and album in 10 years:

* During the 1960s David Bowie was part of various bands from whose shadows he emerged as a solo singer-songwriter. "Space Oddity", the science-fiction single marked the real beginning of his career, reached the Top Ten in Britain in 1969 but did not become an American radio staple until some years later, though Bowie had timed its original release to coincide with the Apollo 11 Moon mission.

* His first major album, "The Man Who Sold the World" (1970), a hybrid of folk, art rock, and heavy metal, did not turn him into a household name. Not until "Hunky Dory" (1971) did he hit on the notion of presenting his chameleon-like stage persona as an identity rather than the lack of one.

* His rock-star fantasy "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars" (1972) was closely followed by "Diamond Dogs" (1974) and the disco romanticism of "Young Americans" (1975) released less than a year apart. By 1977 Bowie had ditched his idiosyncratic version of the mainstream for the avant-garde austerities of "Low", a collaboration in Berlin with Brian Eno. As music, Low and its sequels, "Heroes" (1977) and "Lodger" (1979), would prove to be some of Bowie's most influential and lasting, serving as a blueprint for a later generation of techno-rock.

* In the 1980s, Bowie delivered "Scary Monsters" (1980) and "Let's Dance" (1983), which produced three American Top 20 hits.

* Later albums "Never Let Me Down" (1987) and "Outside" from 1995 appeared just before Bowie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. His last album was "Reality" in 2003.

"Where Are We Now?", produced by his long-term collaborator Tony Visconti, is the new single which will be part of the album "The Next Day" due out in March.

Sources: Reuters/here

(Reporting by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Interview

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Horror Role

Horror Role

From 'Bates Motel' to 'Ouija,' Olivia Cooke finds breakout in horror.  Full Article 

Tokyo Film Festival

Tokyo Film Festival

'Big Hero 6' to the rescue at new-look Tokyo film festival.  Full Article 

Book Talk

Book Talk

Richard Branson on leadership, telling stories.  Full Article 

A Minute With

A Minute With

Shailene Woodley on teen sex, violence and Marvel.  Full Article 

Bad Decision

Bad Decision

UK lawmakers slam police over Cliff Richard house search.  Full Article 

Court Case

Court Case

'Jersey Shore' star pleads not guilty to tax fraud, trial set.  Full Article 

Broadway Debut

Broadway Debut

Keira Knightley to appear on Broadway in 2015 in 'Therese Raquin'.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage