Ode to David Bowie

David Bowie ….Timeline



1947 – 2016, RIP, age 69. Liver cancer.

Legacy includes: Reinvention of his public persona, three times with a specific character. Extensive film work, androgyny and gender exploration.  Electrifying live concerts. German cabaret. Lou Reed. Iggy Pop. Powerful unique singing voice. Several classic pop/rock hits.


The Singles Collection 2-CD

Disc One
1. “Space Oddity” – 3:31
2. “Changes” – 3:33
3. “Oh! You Pretty Things” – 3:11
4. “Life on Mars?” – 3:48
5. “Ziggy Stardust” – 3:13
6. “Starman” – 4:13
7. “John, I’m Only Dancing” – 2:46
8. “Suffragette City” – 3:25
9. “The Jean Genie” – 4:06
10. “Sorrow” – 2:52
11. “Drive-In Saturday” – 4:27
12. “Diamond Dogs” – 6:03
13. “Rebel Rebel” – 4:28
14. “Young Americans” – 5:10
15. “Fame” – 4:16
16. “Golden Years” – 3:58
17. “TVC 15”  – 3:43
18. “Be My Wife” – 2:55
19. “Sound and Vision” – 3:00
20. “Beauty and the Beast” – 3:33

Disc Two
1. “Heroes”  – 3:35
2. “Boys Keep Swinging” – 3:16
3. “DJ” – 3:20
4. “Look Back in Anger” – 3:05
5. “Ashes to Ashes”  – 3:34
6. “Fashion”  – 3:23
7. “Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)” – 5:09
8. “Under Pressure” with Queen – 4:01
9. “Cat People (Putting Out Fire)” Giorgio Moroder – 6:43
10. “Let’s Dance”  – 4:07
11. “China Girl”  – 4:14
12. “Modern Love”  – 3:56
13. “Blue Jean” – 3:09
14. “Loving the Alien”  – 4:39
15. “Dancing in the Street” with Mick Jagger – 3:14
16. “Absolute Beginners”  – 5:36
17. “Day-In Day-Out”  – 4:14
18. “Never Let Me Down” – 4:03
19. “Jump They Say”  – 3:54

1957 PETER FRAMPTON – School yard friends, Frampton and Bowie, in Bromley Technical School, England. Bowie 3 years older.

1964 Debut record Davy Jones and the King Bees release “Liza Jane” in 1964.

1966 Debut record as DAVID BOWIE “Can’t Help Thinking about Me”.

1966 Question.Why the name change from DAVY JONES to DAVID BOWIE ?

Answer. During 1966 and 1967, THE MONKEES charted four number one albums, in the US. Worldwide chart-topping singles, 8-tracks tapes, reel to reel tapes and vinyl albums. TV show 1966-68, 58 episodes. Live concert tours.Their lead singer, DAVY JONES.

On the night of the BEATLES debut, on The Ed Sullivan Show. Davy Jones appeared as one of the other acts that historic night. [February 9th 1964] DAVY JONES was The Artful Dodger in the Broadway revival of “OLIVER”.
Jones appeared in over 2600 “Oliver” performances in London and 774 performances on Broadway (NYC). This production ended in November 1964.
Jones was Nominated for a Tony Award.
“Oliver” [1964] 9 noms/ 3 wins.
“Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens.

1965: DAVY JONES, solo, “What Are we going to do?” Then, 1966-1971 The Monkees, DAVY JONES, lead vocal.

1967 Debut album, called “David Bowie”.

1969 “Space Oddity”. “Ground control to Major Tom…”    Single produced by GUS DUDGEON.  Dudgeon career highlights. “She’s Not There” by the Zombies (1964).“Space Oddity” by David Bowie (1969) Beginning in 1970, Dudgeon produced all of ELTON JOHN classics 1970’s albums. This including the single, “Rocket Man” (1972).

SPACE was a hot cultural and news topic. 1966-69 “Star Trek” TV series, 79 episodes.  All of NASA’S  7 Moon Landings: [1969-72]  1972-Harry Nillsson “Spaceman”, (“…now that I am a spaceman, nobody cares about me”).  1968: FILM: “2001: A Space Odyssey”.

1970 1st of 2 Marriages Bowie marries Angela Barrett [1970-1980] 10 years

1971 Rolling Stone “Hunky Dory”.
RS Top 500 Albums All-Time. #108.

1972 MOTT THE HOOPLE . “All The Young Dudes” Written Produced By Bowie
RS Top 500 songs (#256)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bowie’s Version 1972 (Finally Available On “RarestOneBowie”, CD in 1995.

1972 Rolling Stone “Ziggy Stardust”.
RS Top 500 Songs, All-Time. Ranked # 282.
1972 Rolling Stone ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars’.
RS Top 500 Albums All-Time. #35.

1972 The Dick Cavett Show : David Bowie, guest.

1973 Lou Reed Lou Reed, “Transformer” LP. Bowie, producer.

1973 “Angie” Song By the Rolling Stones (1973)
Recorded in Nov/Dec1972.          Bowie married Angela Barrett (marriage. 1970-80).        Keith Richard’s daughter name is Angela (Born April 1972). Possibly, Keith Richards’ biography implys that …………… ANGIE was HEROIN

1973 Rolling Stone “Aladdin Sane”.
RS Top 500 Albums All-Time. #279.

1973 The Midnight Special. Full live concert. Nov. 1973, Marquee Club. London (40 min). Bowie and band performs.
“The 1980 Floorshow Midnight Special” a.k.a. The 1984 Midnight Special. Set List: Sorrow/Everything’s Alright/Space Oddity/I Can’t Explain(The Who)/Time/The Jean Genie/I Got You Babe(Sonny & Cher).
Also….His last appearance as Ziggy Stardust.

1973 The Midnight Special. “Space Oddity” Burt Sugarman’s Midnight Special. (Roy Orbison, on cover). Bowie performs” Space Oddity”.

1975 LUTHER VANDROSS  …..Vandross, the backgound singer, before his 1981 breakthrough success, “Never Too Much”. Many sessions with many diverse acts including Change, Bionic Boogie, Roberta Flack and dozens of superstars.                                                                                                                           -Two Bowie hits with Luther, background vocals.
First: “Fame”, 1975.      Second:  “Young Americans”, [BTW:  B-Side “Suffragette City”] 1975.                                                                                                   Vandross co-wrote (w/Bowie) ” Fascination” found on Bowie’s Young Americans” LP

1975 JOHN LENNON “Fame” co-written by Lennon/Bowie/Alomar. Carlos Alomar was Bowie’s longtime Guitar player. Bowie’s first US Billboard Number 1 song. Bowie records the Beatle’s “Across The Universe”.

1975 Rolling Stone “Young Americans”.
RS Top 500 Songs, All-Time. Ranked # 486.

1975 “The Cher Show” As “Fame” hits Number One in the US, Bowie sings that and a duet with Cher, his “Can You Hear Me?”. Bowie sings a medley of rock ‘n’roll hits.

1976 Saturn Award “The Man Who Fell To Earth” (1976). Bowie wins a Saturn Award for Best Actor.
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films bestow this award, beginning in 1974. …Film, TV and home video.  ……1st James Caan, ”Rollerball” (1974)……….2nd Don Johnson, “A Boy And His Dog” (1975) later, Miami Vice’s Don Johnson! ………3rd David Bowie, “The Man Who Fell To Earth”(1976)

1976 Top of the Pops TV series (UK). 20 episodes as performer.

1976 to 1979 Bowie’s  “The Berlin Years”.  Three albums while living in Germany.   “Low” – 1977, “Heroes”- 1977, “Lodger” – 1979.

1977  Bing Crosby  “Peace On Earth /  Little Drummer Boy”. Crosby’s last Christmas special called“Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas”]   The show aired, just 45 days AFTER Crosby’s death on Nov 30, 1977. {imdb.com} . Bing Crosby [1903-1977] RIP, age 74. Died on Oct.14 1977.

1977 Dinah! The Dinah Shore Show. Iggy Pop – punk music pioneer, with DAVID BOWIE keyboards. Bowie looking classy, Iggy more punk and rebellious looking and acting.

1977 Rolling Stone “Heroes”. Produced by Brian Eno.
RS Top 500 Songs, All-Time. Ranked # 46.


1977 Iggy Pop Collaborator. “The Idiot”, LP.
The song, “Lust For Life”, “The Passenger” and “China Girl” (later on 1983’s Let’s Dance”)

1979 Saturday Night Live Dec. 15, 1979. Season 5, Episode 7. Host: Martin Sheen. Musical Guest: David Bowie. Bowie performs “The Man Who Sold The World”, “TVC 15” and “Boys Keep Swinging”

1980 “The Elephant Man” Bowie performed this role on stage, for 3 months.

1981 QUEEN “Under Pressure”
Queen’s only collaboration, while Freddie Mercury was alive.

1982 “Fashion” With collaborator, King Crimson guitarist, Robert Fripp.

1982 “Cat People” With Giorgio Moroder, (1942 horror film, “Cat People”, a 1982 remake) Morodor was the disco producer behind Donna Summer greatest songs. “Call Me” by Blondie.

1983 “CHINA GIRL” Songwriter, Iggy Pop

1983 STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN SRV’s Breakthrough.
During SRV’s recording of his debut “Couldn’t Stand The Weather”, Bowie hired him to play on what turned out to be the four hit singles. Bowie and SRV first met at the 1982 Montreax Jazz Festival. “Let’s Dance”, album, Produced by Nile Rodgers

1983 NILE RODGERS Producer, Let’s Dance (LP)  The biggest-selling LP of David Bowie’s career.

Rodgers also produced the career, biggest-selling album for Diana Ross. CHIC: Nile Rodgers [rhythm guitar] Bernard Edwards [bass]
and Tony Thompson [drums] create, Chic, a disco power-house [1977-80]. Also, the studio/backing band for Sister Sledge [1979-81] 2103: Pharrell Williams teams up with Rodgers and creates the Grammy Award-winning smash, “Get Lucky”.

1983 “Major Tom (Coming Home)” Sung by Peter Schilling.
Schilling created this sequel to Bowie’s “Space Oddity”, in English and German versions.

1983 TIME Magazine cover. “David Bowie” “Dancing To The Music – David Bowie Rockets Onward”. Also cover of TIME, in tribute, after his death in 2016.

1984 TINA TURNER . “Tonight” the title cut, from Bowie’s album, studio version with Tina Turner.  Turner was riding the crest of the block-buster, “Private Dancer” LP. 25 Million $old. Four Grammy Awards. Six hit singles. Plus her “Ike & Tina” legacy and worldwide acclaim during her non-stop, frenetic, world tour, 177 shows in 320 days in 1985.  The last cut on the “Private Dancer” album is “1984”, written by David Bowie.

1984 “Jazzin’ For Blue Jean” Grammy Award winning Video. “Jazzin For Blue Jean”. A 20-minute short film.

1985 LIVE AID Four songs: “TVC 15”, “Rebel Rebel”, “Modern Love” and “Heroes”. Thomas Dolby (“She Blinded Me With Science”, 1982) was on keyboards for Bowie.

1985 LIVE AID MICK JAGGER “Dancing In The Streets” Video Debut.
Bowie and Jagger, very energetic and fun.   Original: Martha & the Vandellas (1964) Motown.

1985 Pat Methany “This Is Not America” from “The Falcon and the Snowman” (film, 1985). Bowie’s last Billboard Top 40 single.

1986 Labyrinth Jim Henson movie. Bowie as Jareth, the Golblin King.

1987 Rolling Stone cover STYLE ISSUE

1989 TIN MACHINE Two Albums And a 3rd {Live} Album.

1992 2nd of 2 Marriages Bowie marries Iman. [1992-2016] 24 years. World famous Somalian model.

1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute “Heroes” performed by Bowie, Mick Ronson (Bowie’s longtime guitarist) , and the three members of Queen (Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor).

1993 Documentary “Chameleon Of Pop”, David Bowie Story.  TV movie. Directors: Rudi Dolezal, Hannes Rossacher.

1995 Later with Jools Holland.  Episode 6.5 (1995) Bowie performs “Hallo Spaceboy”, “The Man Who Sold The World” and “Strangers When We Meet”.

1996 Hall Of Fame Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame Inducted. Presented by David Byrne (Talking Heads) and then, Madonna.      Bowie, not present.

1997 Saturday Night Live Feb.8, 1997. Season 22, Episode 12. Host: Neve Campbell. Musical Guest: David Bowie.  Bowie performs “Little Wonder” and “Scary Monsters”.

1998 Godzilla The Wallflowers cover “Heroes”. “Godzilla”, (1998, film).

1999 French Honor Bowie was made a “Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” by the French government.

1999 Massachusetts Berklee College of Music Honorary Doctorate.

1999 Saturday Night Live Oct.2, 1999. Season 25, Episode 1. Host: Jerry Seinfeld. Musical Guest: David Bowie. Bowie performs: “Thursday’s Child” and “Rebel Rebel”.

SNL Promo: Seinfeld and Bowie talking, shrugging, not excited at all. {Paraphrasing the conversation}
“You gonna do “Heroes”, “yeah”.
“You gonna do the one about the socks getting lost in the dryer?”. “Yeah”

2000 Declined the CBE……….. Bowie declines the CBE honor.  CBE: The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Rewarding contributions to arts and sciences.

2001 The Concert For New York City .   (Post 9-11 tribute) 9-11 Benefit concert. Bowie performs “ Heroes”.

2003 Declined “KNIGHTHOOD” Bowie declines the honor of “knighthood”.

2004 Rolling Stone Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Rock Artists of All-Time. Ranked # 39.

2004 Heart Surgery for Bowie. Heart Surgery!

2005 Rolling Stone Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All-Time.
David Bowie – Five albums.

2006 Pink Floyd – Live “Remember That Night” – David Gilmour (2007). Recorded in 2006. Royal Albert Hall, London. Bowie sings the finale, “Arnold Layne” and then, “Comfortably Numb”.    FYI: “Arnold Layne”, Pink Floyd’s first single, 1967.

2006 : Directly quoted from Rolling Stone………

Flashback: David Bowie Sings ‘Changes’ at His Last Public Performance
The Thin White Duke hasn’t sang a note onstage since this 2006 New York charity gig
By Andy Greene August 26, 2014

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/flashback-david-bowie-sings-changes-at-his-final-public-performance-20140826#ixzz3xBnVJwEy
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“David Bowie’s three-song set at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom didn’t draw a lot of attention back in November 2006. He played as part of Keep a Child Alive’s annual Black Ball fundraiser, along with Alicia Keys, Damian Marley and comedian Wanda Sykes, breaking out “Wild Is the Wind,” “Fantastic Voyage” and “Changes,” which he sang as a duet with Keys. Nobody had even the faintest idea it would be his last public performance before his grand disappearing act.

2006 (above) Directly quoted from Rolling Stone on-line.

2007 The Heartbreak Kid “The Heartbreak Kid”. (2007) Film starring, Ben Stiller. Several Bowie songs.

2006 The Guardian (UK), the last interview Published January 2, 2016 ………… .http://www.davidbowie.com/news/bowie-profile-guardian-55446..

2012 Rolling Stone cover.

2016 “Blackstar” 26th studio album

David Bowie died 2 days after the release of this album.
(Bowie, RIP, age 69, 18-month battle with liver cancer)

BILLBOARD : Tribute to David Bowie