David Bowie also took a place 23th in Rolling Stones 100 Greatest Singers List Every great Bowie song has a specific persona behind it. His chameleonic transformations aren't just in his appearance but also in his voice, from the androgynous curlicues at the edges of his Ziggy Stardust vocals to the Philly-soul affectations of Young Americans to the hard-boiled crooning of his Eighties arena-rock period. Bowie always keeps his cool, but as anyone who's ever crashed and burned trying to sing "Ashes to Ashes" at karaoke can tell you, he's a phenomenally agile singer — as his longtime collaborator Carlos Alomar said, "This dude can wail." Source : Rollingstones.com
Despite battling cancer, Bowie was still incredibly busy with his career. He had just released an album called “Blackstar” on his birthday and had a show, “Lazarus,” on Broadway. Jon Pareles reviewed Blackstar in The New York Times and referred to it as a “strange, daring, ultimately rewarding” album. Blackstar was his 27th album and the very first album that didn’t include a picture of the artist on the cover,
It was a heart attack requiring emergency surgery in july 2004 that caused David Bowie to cancel the remaining 15 dates of what had been his biggest – and best-received world tour in years. Since then, his live appearances have been sporadic.
His first television appearance was in 1964, at the age of 17, he was interviewed on a BBC program as the founder of The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Long-haired Men.
'Space Oddity' gave Bowie his big break. This now-famous track was used by the BBC in its coverage of the moon landing in 1969. Bowie was practically unknown back then – the song became his first UK hit. The fictional astronaut “Major Tom” has appeared in three of Bowie’s songs: “Space Oddity” (1969), “Ashes To Ashes” (1980) and “Hallo Spaceboy” (1996). His hit song “Fame”, was co-written by John Lennon, who also sang backing vocals. “Fame” was David’s first number No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, as well as his first to break the top 10.
Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos was overwhelmed upon meeting his idol in 2004. “There's no actor who'll ever come close to influencing me as much as Bowie,” he said.
"Song for Bob Dylan" is a song written by David Bowie for his 1971 album Hunky Dory. The song parodies Bob Dylan's 1962 homage to Woody Guthrie, "Song to Woody". Yet while Dylan opens with "Hey, hey, Woody Guthrie, I wrote you a song," Bowie addresses Dylan by his birth name saying, "Hear this, Robert Zimmerman, I wrote a song for you." In the song, Bowie also describes Bob Dylan's voice "like sand and glue" which is similar to how Joyce Carol Oates described it upon first hearing Dylan: "When we first heard this raw, very young, and seemingly untrained voice, frankly nasal, as if sandpaper could sing, the effect was dramatic and electrifying."
The song ‘Under Pressure’ – a collaboration between Bowie and Queen – evolved from a collective jam session at Bowie’s studio in Montreux, Switzerland. He’d originally intended to sing backing vocals on a different Queen song, ‘Cool Cat’. Even though it was a huge hit single, Bowie never performed the song “Under Pressure” before a live audience until the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert. He and Annie Lennox sang it as a duet (backed by the surviving members of Queen):
Bowie co-produced tracks on Lou Reed's legendary second studio album Transformer. He was a keen artist in his spare time and drew, painted, sculpted and wrote. Some of his favourite artists included Picasso, Michael Ray Charles and Tintoretto.