R.I.P. David Bowie (1947 – 2016)

A thunderclap. I do believe that is the appropriate description to how I just felt when I happened to hop over to Facebook to read that David Bowie, the legendary singer, actor, producer, muscian, and of course songwriter passed away Sunday at the too young age of 69.

From 1967 until 2016, Bowie released 28 studio albums, it has been stated that in his career he has sold over 140 million albums. In the UK he has earned 8 Silver, 11 Gold, and 9 Platinum albums and here in the States he garnered 7 Gold and 5 Platinum.

In his career as an actor he has 38 acting credits with notable roles in 1976’s The Man Who Fell To Earth, 1983’s The Hunger, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, 1986’s Labyrinth, 1988’s The Last Temptation of Christ, 1992’s Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, 2001’s Zoolander, and one of my favorite of his roles 2006’s The Prestige, where he stole the show from Hugh Jackman as Nikola Tesla.

Much like I did when James Horner passed away I thought I might share some of my favorite songs from David Bowie. These are in no particular order. But as we all take a moment and mourn the loss of such a talented individual let us also take a moment this morning to look at the lasting legacy he left behind.

Released in 1977, the titular song of the album, “Heroes”.

[Via] EMI Music

Released in 1986, Absolute Beginners was the title song for the Julien Temple film of the same name and features back-up vocals by Janet Armstrong.

[Via] EMI Music

There isn’t a single song on the 1986 Labyrinth soundtrack that I dislike but Magic Dance was the song that blew me away in my youth.

[Via] Jake Dude 182

David Bowie’s Cat People (Putting Out Fire) was the title song for the sort of remake of 1942’s film of the same name. It’s an amazing song and one that I believe Quentin Tarantino used fantasticaly in his 2009 film Inglourious Basterds.

[Via] DB!

Released in 1972 on The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars album, Moonage Daydream is a very groovy bit of glam rock!

[Via] Allan Mardle

While we could certainly go on most of the day with the beautiful music that David Bowie gave us, I’m going to end my tribute with his 1971 song Life on Mars from Bowie’s Hunky Dory album. Like I mentioned at the beginning of the post these are but some of my favorites, we would love to hear those that you cherish.

[Via] EMI Music


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