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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Remembering David Bowie 1947 - 2016

Singer/songwriter David Bowie, who died Sunday at age 69, won two Grammy Awards - including a 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award - and sold an estimated 140 million records worldwide during his career. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, and he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1997.

As an actor, his feature film credits include The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), Just a Gigolo (1978), Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983), The Hunger (1983), Into the Night (1985), Labyrinth (1986), Absolute Beginners (1986), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), The Linguini Incident (1991), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), Basquiat (1996) and The Prestige (2006). He also appeared on Broadway in the play, The Elephant Man, in 1980, and he won a 2003 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Special for AMC's Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The 1970s.

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate David Bowie's life and career.

17-year-old "Davie Jones" gave his first television interview as the founder of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Long-Haired Men on the BBC's Tonight on November 12, 1964 (he renamed himself "David Bowie" in 1966).

He performed "Space Oddity" in his 1969 promotional film, Love You till Tuesday.

He performed "Changes" at London's Hammersmith Odeon on July 3, 1973.

He was interviewed on Russell Harty Plus in 1973.

He performed "Young Americans" on The Dick Cavett Show on December 5, 1974.

He performed "Fame" on Soul Train on November 4, 1975 (it was his first single to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100).

He appeared on the CBS variety show, Cher, on November 23, 1975.

On March 3, 1976, he was a guest on Dinah Shore's talk show, Dinah!, along with Nancy Walker, Henry Winkler, Natalie Cole and Candy Clark.

He was a guest on Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas special on November 30, 1977.

He was interviewed by Mavis Nicholson on the British show, Afternoon Plus, on February 16, 1979.

He performed (with Klaus Nomi and Joey Arias as backup singers) on Saturday Night Live on December 15, 1979.

On October 10, 1980, he was interviewed by Tim Rice about The Elephant Man on the British talk show, Friday Night, Saturday Morning.

He played a vampire in the 1983 horror film, The Hunger, which also starred Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon.

In May 1983, "Let's Dance" became his second and last single to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100

"Modern Love" reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1983.

During a 1983 interview with MTV's Mark Goodman, he criticized the network's lack of videos featuring black artists.

He and Mick Jagger made a music video of "Dancing in the Street" in 1985 to raise money for the Live Aid famine relief cause.

He and Tina Turner performed "Modern Love" in a 1987 Pepsi commercial.

He was a guest on The Arsenio Hall Show on May 6, 1993.

On January 7, 2016, he released the music video of his single, "Lazarus", from his 25th studio album, Blackstar.

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