In Memoriam – David Bowie
David Robert Jones
Born January 8, 1947 – Died January 10, 2016
English singer, songwriter and actor.
In Memoriam – David Bowie – Note
He was a leading figure in popular music for over five decades, acclaimed by critics and other musicians for his innovative work.
His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, his music and stagecraft significantly influencing popular music.
During his lifetime, his record sales, estimated at 140 million albums worldwide, made him one of the world’s best-selling music artists.
In the UK, he was awarded nine platinum album certifications, eleven gold and eight silver, releasing eleven number-one albums.
In the US, he received five platinum and nine gold certifications. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
In Memoriam – David Bowie – Knighthood?
In 1999, Bowie was made a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.
He received an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music the same year.
He declined the royal honour of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2000, and turned down a knighthood in 2003.
Bowie later stated “I would never have any intention of accepting anything like that. I seriously don’t know what it’s for. It’s not what I spent my life working for.”
In Memoriam – David Bowie – Memory
“The man was always outstanding. People are remembering today what a phenomenal musician David Bowie was, and of course, that was the case. He was just mind-blowingly talented, but in my experience, he was an incredibly nice person. He was fun; he was always funny.”
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