He was born David Robert Jones on January 8, 1947 in South London, and he influenced pop culture and music for four decades, creating an alien rock star and eventually selling 140 million records.
There seemed to be no end to his talents. He was a singer and songwriter and he could play any instrument in the band. He was a record producer and arranger. He danced, painted, and he could act.
In 1996 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
David Bowie died Sunday after fighting cancer for a year.
Here’s a well-known clip from Extras with Bowie composing (hilariously), singing, playing the piano, and not taking himself (or Ricky Gervais) too seriously.
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