David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie (/ˈboʊi/), was an English singer, songwriter, and actor. He was a figure in popular music for over five decades, regarded by critics and musicians as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. 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 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 seven gold certifications. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
Born and raised in south London, Bowie developed an interest in music as a child, eventually studying art, music, and design before embarking on a professional career as a musician in 1963. "Space Oddity" became his first top-five entry on the UK Singles Chart after its release in July 1969. After a period of experimentation, he re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era with his flamboyant and androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust. The character was spearheaded by the success of his single "Starman" and album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, which won him widespread popularity.
Yesterday Once More Edit
David Bowie's song Jean Genie" is featured when a disorientated and bleeding Richie finally arrives at work.
To raise promotion for American Century Records, Andrea Zito tells the executives she's going to stop by David Bowie's rehearsal to see if he'll help them with a Biafra benefit. She invites Zak Yankovich to tag along. Andrea and Zak watch Bowie's rehearsal performing "Suffragette City". David is delighted to see Andrea, but mistakes Zak for her new boyfriend. Oblivious, Zak pitches the Biafra benefit right away, turning off the musician. He quietly agrees to dinner with Andrea but stipulates it should be just the two of them.
Later that evening, while the staff cleans up after the Yankovich bat mitzvah, Zak watches in awe as the house band's lead singer, Gary Giombetta, delivers a soulful rendition of David Bowie's "Life on Mars?"
Songs featured on Vinyl (HBO) Edit
Yesterday Once More Edit
- Jean Genie (1973) - David Bowie
- Suffragette City (1972) - David Bowie
- Life on Mars? (2016) - Trey Songz
- The real life David Bowie died of liver cancer two days after the release of his final album, Blackstar (2016) and a month before the premiere of the show. "Cyclone" the sixth episode is dedicated to Bowie, which is fitting since he appears in that episode and two of his songs "Suffragette City" and "Life on Mars" appear in the episode (the latter song was covered by Trey Songz). Series creator and friend of the late Bowie Mick Jagger added the dedication after his death in January.