1947 - Born on January 8th in London, England. A British singer, songwriter, and actor who was most prominent in the 1970s and best known for his shifting personae and musical genre hopping.
1969 - “Space Oddity,” the science-fiction single that marks the real beginning of his career, reached the Top Ten in Britain but did not become an American radio staple until some years later, though Bowie had cannily pegged its original release to the Apollo 11 Moon mission.
1970 - His first album of note, "The Man Who Sold the World", a prescient hybrid of folk, art rock, and heavy metal, did not turn him into a household name either.
1971 - Not until "Hunky Dory" did he hit on the attractively postmodern notion of presenting his chameleonism as an identity rather than the lack of one.
1972 - In the wake of the counterculture's failure to achieve utopia or even a workable modus vivendi, Bowie concocted a series of inspired, nervily grandiose pastiches that insisted on utopia by depicting its alternative as inferno, beginning with the emblematic rock-star martyr fantasy "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars".
1974-1975 - He stayed so hard on the heels of the zeitgeist that the doomsaying of "Diamond Dogs" and the disco romanticism of "Young Americans" were released less than a year apart.
1977-1979 - As music, "Low" and its sequels, “Heroes” and "Lodger", would prove to be Bowie's most influential and lasting, serving as a blueprint for a later generation of techno-rock.
1980-1983 - Despite the impressive artistic resolve of "Scary Monsters" and the equally impressive commercial calculation of "Let's Dance", which produced three American Top 20 hits, Bowie's work grew steadily more trivial.
1996 - Bowie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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