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A double commemoration of my hero David Bowie today - his birth (8th January, 71 years ago) and his passing (10th January, two years ago). Here's an article published today by The Economic Times, in which his son Duncan 'Zowie Bowie' Jones looks back wistfully at the death of his father, and introduces to us David's grandson, Stenton David Jones ('Stenton' also being the middle name of Bowie's own late father, Haywood Jones):


NEW DELHI: David Bowie's son Duncan Jones has paid an emotional tribute to his father on what would have been the late star's 71st birthday.

The legendary singer known as 'Ziggy Stardust' died from cancer just days after he turned 69 in 2016.

Jones, 46, commemorated the birth anniversary by resharing an old sketch [ http://pbs.twimg.com/media/DTB6bACVQAAKiWD.jpg ] he posted to mark the birth of his son, Stenton David Jones.

He wrote on Twitter, "8th of Jan again. A strange feeling for me. I know how excited dad was to have a grandson on the way, & I made this card for his birthday having told him a month earlier he was going to be a grandad. Makes me smile at our shared goofy sense of humour. Happy birthday dad."

Stenton was born six months after the "Space Oddity" hit-maker passed away, and 46-year-old Duncan shared the same photo of the birthday card on his social media.

Meanwhile, Jones - director of the films "Moon" and "Source Code" - recently launched a "David Bowie Book Club" in honour of his father.

Born on January 8th 1947, Bowie is widely regarded as one of the most influential writers of popular music.

Born David Jones, he changed his name to Bowie in the 1960s, to avoid confusion with the then well-known Davy Jones.

He achieved his commercial breakthrough in 1969 with the song "Space Oddity", which was released at the time of the moon landing. Despite the fact that the literal meaning of the lyrics relates to an astronaut who is lost in space, this song was used by some media outlets in their coverage of the moon landing.

But the albums which followed "Space Oddity" failed to reproduce that magic. However, he made the first of many successful "comebacks" in 1972 with "Ziggy Stardust", a concept album about a space-age 'rock' star.

Bowie influenced the course of popular music several times and had an effect on several generations of musicians. His promotional videos in the 1970s and 1980s are regarded as ground-breaking, and as a 'live' concert act he was regarded as the most theatrical of them all.


Today's Bowie song, "Fashion", spent two weeks at No. 5 in November 1980 during a 7-week stay in the UK Top 40. Almost a year later in the USA, it only made it to No. 70 in the Billboard Hot 100 (October 1981).

I always miss Bowie, even though I was never an ardent follower or fan of his later work (except the album "Heathen", which I thought was a fabulous collection of songs so sympathetic to each other). I'll keep his memory going as long as I have breath in my body to post here! Resting in peace pain-free, David.
1980 - RCA Victor - Album version from "Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)".
Posted: 9th January 2018
Born in 1954, leaving education by 1972, 'glam' was my thing, "Ziggy" Bowie my hero. I was even the only guy in my town with the haircut (though not the carrot red colouring!). Therefore every seventh selection is a Bowie track.
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