David Bowie was a visionary musician, actor, and artist. Born David Jones in 1947 in London, he began playing piano, ukulele, and guitar at a young age, though his voice was considered“adequate” by his choir teacher. He formed his first band in the'60s and changed his name to David Bowie to avoid confusion with Davy Jones(lead singer of The Monkees). Bowie dabbled in different musical styles and art forms including painting, playwriting, and mime.
Bowie’s love of acting showed on stage with his alter ego“Ziggy Stardust,” a space-age rock star. He immersed himself in the Ziggy character and thrilling audiences. He appeared in several feature films including the 1986 cult hit“Labyrinth,” which is still beloved today. Bowie died in 2016 in New York of liver cancer. Bowie sold more than 140 million albums and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.