One of the most important figures in music history, Bowie was born David Robert Jones on January 8th, 1947 in South London. He rose to prominence in 1969 with the British hit “Space Oddity,” having adopted the surname Bowie to avoid confusion with Monkees singer Davy Jones, and went on to have a successful, influential and lengthy career.
Bowie died five years ago this Sunday, January 10th, 2016, just two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his latest album, Blackstar. He succumbed to liver cancer.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, he was survived by his wife, model-turned-businesswoman Iman, their daughter, Alexandria Zahra Jones, and his son, Duncan Jones.
To mark the anniversary, Peter Frampton, Ian Hunter, Rick Wakeman, Joe Elliott, Adam Lambert, Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan and many others will perform on A Bowie Celebration: Just for One Day!, a streaming concert, today at 9 p.m. ET.
Also, a 2016 London performance of Bowie’s musical Lazarus will be streamed on Dice.fm today through Sunday.
The 2021 edition of the annual Dublin Bowie Festival, which is normally held in Dublin, Ireland, is virtual this year and runs from Sunday through January 17th.
Among the livestreamed events are Q&A sessions with Rick Wakeman, producer Tony Visconti and other Bowie collaborators; musical tributes, a Hunky Dory listening party in celebration of its 50th anniversary, a Bowie-themed quiz and more. Details at DublinBowieFestival.ie.
And finally, two previously unreleased cover versions of John Lennon’s “Mother” and Bob Dylan’s “Tryin’ to Get to Heaven” will be released today as a limited edition seven-inch single.
It is limited to 8,147 (his birthday) numbered copies, 1,000 of which will be on cream colored vinyl. It is available through the official David Bowie store and Warner Music’s Dig! Store only. Both tracks will also be available to stream and download.