Considered to be one of the great musicians of his era, David Robert Jones better known as David Bowie has died aged 69. He was a multi-instrumentalist, a singer, a songwriter, an actor and a painter. With many hits to his name, perhaps he will always be remem-bered for his first – Space Oddity from 1969 – almost 50 years ago. The song was brilliantly featured in the remake of The Secret Life of Water Mitty.
His latest album, Blackstar was released on his 69th birthday, just two days before his death on January 10.
If his innovative alter ego, Ziggy Stardust was anything to go by, Bowie’s success in on the big screen should have been predictable. Among these were Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, Labyrinth, The Last Temptation of Christ and The Prestige.
David Bowie died from liver cancer. His producer, Tony Visconti said of him: “He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was no different from his life—a work of Art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting tennisgift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn’t, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry.”
Of the many other great names that have also passed away recently, here are a few.
Robert Stigwood (81) January 4.The former manager for the Bee Gees and Cream, and the producer of movies like Saturday Night Fever, Grease and Evita.
Frank Armitage (91) January 4. Armitage was an Australian-born painter and animator. His work includes Mary Poppins, The Lady and the Tramp and Jungle Book.
Nicholas Caldwell (71) January 5. One of the founding members of the R&B group, the Whispers, formed in 1964. Their hits include It’s A Love Thing and And the Beat Goes On.
Maria Teresa de Filippis (89) January 8. Maria was the first woman to race F1 debuting in 1958.
Otis Clay (73) January 8. Otis was an R&B Hall of Famer. He died from a heart attack. His hits included Trying to Live My Life Without You which was later a successful cover for John Farnham.
Ed Stewart (74) January 9. Ed was a British radio and TV presenter. His work included the teen music show, Top of the Pops.
Wayne Rogers (82) December 31. Rogers is best remembered as the wise cracking Dr Trapper John McIntyre from TV’s M.A.S.H.
Natalie Cole (65) December 31. Daughter of Nat King Cole. She is remembered for hits including Pink Cadillac and the Unforgettable duet with her then late father.