January 11, 2016

Legendary Singer-Songwriter and Musical Shapeshifter, David Bowie, Dies at 69

David Bowie<br>Photo by Adam Bielawski

David Bowie
Photo by Adam Bielawski

David Bowie, pop music’s most notable changeling, died of cancer on January 10th. The British-born singer-songwriter (whose real name was David Jones) enjoyed a 50-year career that spanned genres including art rock, punk, electronica, glam, soul, funk, jazz, dance and more. Almost from the start, Bowie sounded ahead of the curve, anticipating and creating trends. No artist was more instrumental in combining theater with rock, creating well-conceived characters like Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust, the Thin White Duke and many others. An inveterate and restless experimenter, Bowie was nonetheless accepted by devoted fans around the world, scoring 25 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 and 39 entries on the Billboard album chart – not including Bowie’s final studio album, Blackstar, released on Bowie's 69th birthday just last Friday.

ASCAP President & Chairman Paul Williams had this to say about David Bowie: “David’s passing is a personal one for me because, back in 1971, he was among the very first to record one of my songs (“Fill Your Heart,” co-written with Biff Rose) on his Hunky Dory album. Of course, David’s musical contributions have enriched the world – in addition to his work as an actor, fashion icon and video pioneer. 'Sound + Vision' was a credo for David Bowie, and he anticipated the importance of 'the look of music' long before the video and internet ages. David’s impact on culture was monumental.”