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2010 A Reality Tour

On January 26th, legendary rocker David Bowie will release a new two disc set of songs recorded during 2003's Reality Tour. Get ready for his career-spanning live album by taking a look back at all of his videos and two performances from his new release, "New Killer Star" and "Heroes."


2009 VH1 Storytellers

A CD/DVD package of Bowie's 1999 appearance on VH1's Storytellers was released in 2009, including eight audio tracks and twelve video tracks in which he elaborates on the story of his career and the creation of his most popular songs. "Can't Help Thinking About Me" is a song Bowie originally released as a single in 1965 with his band the Lower Third.


2002 Heathen

Both the early 1997 release Earthling and 1999's Hours… were heavily influenced by techno and drum'n'bass, culminating with 2002's Heathen which melds Bowie's new electronic direction with the atmosphere and tone of his '70s work. The album also credits Dave Grohl and Pete Townsend as guest guitarists. Heathen is followed by the 2003 album Reality.


1994 Buddha of Suburbia

Bowie wrote and recorded all new songs for the 1993 British TV miniseries, Buddha of Suburbia. In 1995, Bowie recorded Outside with former collaborator Brian Eno, revisiting the atmospheric, electronic soundscapes they created on the late '70s albums Low, Heroes and Lodger.


1993 Black Tie White Noise

Bowie released Black Tie White Noise in 1993 after marrying model Iman (the album opens with the track, "The Wedding").


1990 Fame '90

The updated re-recording of "Fame" was released as a single in 1990 and also appeared on the Pretty Woman soundtrack. Bowie's short-lived rock group Tin Machine disbanded the year after.


1987 Never Let Me Down

Never Let Me Down included the singles "Day-In Day-Out," "Time Will Crawl" and the title track "Never Let Me Down." Bowie supported the album with the Glass Spider tour. In 1989 the three-disc box set and tour titled Sound + Vision became wildly popular and as a by-product, Ziggy Stardust re-charted.


1986 The Labyrinth

In 1985, Bowie recorded a duet of Martha & the Vandellas' "Dancing in the Street" with Mick Jagger for Live Aid as well as appearing in the movie Into the Night. The following year he starred in two more movies, Absolute Beginners and Labyrinth—for which he wrote the entire soundtrack.


1984 Tonight

Bowie followed up the enormous success of Let's Dance with 1984's Tonight. The album credits vocalists Tina Turner and Iggy Pop—who also co-wrote several of the songs on the album. "As The World Falls Down," "Absolute Beginners" and "This Is Not America" were later released as bonus tracks.


1983 Let's Dance

EMI records signed Bowie in 1983 and released Let's Dance, produced by guitarist Nile Rodgers. The album featured the then unknown Stevie Ray Vaughan as lead guitarist. The videos for "Let's Dance" and "China Girl" made Let's Dance Bowie's most commercially successful album.


1982 Christiane F. and The Hunger

Bowie took a break from recording, appearing in the films Christine F and The Hunger, which both released in 1982. He only returned to the studio for his 1981 collaboration with Queen, "Under Pressure," and the theme for Paul Schrader's remake of Cat People—which appeared on his next album, Let's Dance.


1980 Scary Monsters

The 1980 release, Scary Monsters, was created as a culmination of Bowie's various musical and artistic experiments of the '70s and was his last with RCA. The videos for "Ashes to Ashes" and "Fashion" became early staples on MTV as well as "D.J." from his previous album, Lodger.


1979 Lodger

Lodger was recorded in New York, Switzerland and Berlin with artist and producer Brian Eno.


1977 Heroes

Low and Heroes were both released in 1977 with help from Eno, while he lived with Bowie in Berlin. As well as recording two albums, Bowie also helmed Iggy Pop's The Idiot and Lust for Life, toured anonymously as Pop's Keyboardist, acted in the film Just A Gigolo and narrated Eugene Ormandy's version of Peter and the Wolf.


1976 Station to Station

Bowie was denied rights to adapt George Orwell's 1984 into a musical, so transformed it into the 1974 release Diamond Dogs which included the popular track "Rebel, Rebel." Bowie became fixated on soul music and began to develop his new "plastic soul." By the time Young Americans was released in 1975, he had altered his costume style from glam rock to sophisticated, stylish fashions. Young Americans contained Bowie's first U.S. number one crossover hit, "Fame" which he co-wrote with John Lennon. He moved to L.A., earned his first movie role in The Man Who Fell To Earth and released Station to Station in 1976.


1973 Aladdin Sane

Along with releasing Aladdin Sane in 1973, Bowie also produced Lou Reed's Transformer, The Stooges' Raw Power and Mott the Hoople's All the Young Dudes, for which he also wrote the title track.


1972 Ziggy Stardust

Bowie began calling himself Ziggy Stardust—an androgynous, bisexual rock star from another planet. The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars was released in England in late 1972 and helped to redefine glam rock in America. The track "John, I'm Only Dancing" was later released as a bonus track on the album. Man of Words, Man of Music was re-released and re-titled Space Oddity that year and reached the Top 20 in America.


1971 Hunky Dory

The Man Who Sold the World released in 1970 and Hunky Dory followed in 1971 which features the hits "Changes" and "Life On Mars." Shortly after Hunky Dory's release, Bowie told the press he was gay, dyed his hair orange and began dressing in women's clothing to prepare for unveiling his Ziggy Stardust character the following year.


1969 Man of Words, Man of Music

Bowie signed on to Mercury Records to finance his experimental art group Beckenham Arts Lab. He recorded Man of Words, Man of Music which included "Space Oddity," a song that became such a hit in the U.K. that it convinced Bowie to focus on his music career instead of his art group.


1963 Graduation and Name Change

Bowie graduated from High School at 16 and began work as a commercial artist while playing saxophone in mod bands including the King Bees, the Manish Boys (which also featured Jimmy page as a session man), and David Jones and the Lower Third. In 1966 the Monkees' Davy Jones became an international star which prompted Bowie to change his last name from Jones to Bowie to separate himself from the singer.


1947 Birth

David Bowie was born David Robert Jones on January 8, 1947 in Brixton, London, England. He began performing music when he was 13 years old, learning the saxophone while he was at Bromley Technical High School.  While there, a schoolyard fight left his left eye permanently dilated.

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