Key dates in the life and times of David Bowie

David Bowie. Picture: Contributed
David Bowie. Picture: Contributed
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HERE are some key dates in the life and works of David Bowie, who died on Sunday aged 69.

1947 - David Jones is born in Brixton, south London, to parents Margaret Mary Jones and Haywood Stenton Jones

David Bowie pictured in April 1976 in Helsinki. 'Picture: AFP/Getty Images

David Bowie pictured in April 1976 in Helsinki. 'Picture: AFP/Getty Images

1962 - Aged 15, and still at school, Bowie forms his first band, The Konrads

1967 - Releases self-titled debut album, which fails to chart

1969 - He makes his first appearance in the charts, as David Bowie, with Space Oddity. The song is released on the eve of the Apollo 11 space mission and later receives an Ivor Novello award

1970 - Marries Angela Barnett, his first wife. They later have one child, Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones. Released The Man Who Sold The World the same year

David Bowie on stage with the band Tin Machine at The Forum Livingston in July 1989. Picture: TSPL

David Bowie on stage with the band Tin Machine at The Forum Livingston in July 1989. Picture: TSPL

1971 - Releases Hunky Dory - featuring the singles Changes and Life On Mars

1972 - Co-produces Lou Reed’s breakthrough solo album Transformer. Finds time to release The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars

1973 - A prolific period continues with Aladdin Sane, spawning the stand-out tracks Drive-In Saturday and The Jean Genie. Also releases covers album Pin Ups

1974 - Bowie moves to the US, but lasts two years Stateside before heading to Switzerland. Releases the Diamond Dogs LP

1975 - A re-release of Space Oddity earns him his first number one single in the UK

1976 - Earns acclaim for his first major film role, portraying Thomas Jerome Newton, an alien from a dying planet, in The Man Who Fell To Earth

1977 - Releases “Heroes”

1980 - Bowie divorces from his wife, Angela. Also scores a number one single with Ashes to Ashes, from the album Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)

1983 - Reaches a new peak of popularity and commercial success with Let’s Dance

1986 - He takes the role of Jareth in Jim Henson’s dark fantasy film Labyrinth

1991 - He marries for a second time, to supermodel Iman Abdulmajid. They have a daughter, Alexandria Zahra Jones

1996 - Bowie is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

2003 - Releases Reality, a year after Heathen. It would become his last album for 10 years.

2004 - Bowie plays his last UK show, at the Isle of Wight Festival. He suffers a suspected heart attack later in the year and is rarely seen on stage again

2006 - His final live performance is in November, at a benefit concert in New York. He plays three songs, closing with Changes

2013 - Ends his hiatus with the announcement, on his 66th birthday in January, that he will be releasing The Next Day - his first new music in a decade

2014 - He is diagnosed with cancer - although the announcement is only made public after his death

2016 - Releases his final album, Blackstar, on his 69th birthday. Dies two days later, surrounded by his family

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