David Bowie cemented his place is rock history with his many personas and timeless classic such as Fashion, Rebel Rebel, Let’s Dance and Under Pressure. In honor of David Bowie’s life, here are 17 facts you probably didn’t know about the man behind music that spanned 6 decades. David Bowie’s death was a tragedy, but he will always be remembered through his music.
1. He was nominated for an MTV award for the cameo he did in Zoolander.
2. His original name was David Robert Jones. He changed it to David Bowie as to not be confused with The Monkees member Davey Jones.
3. Bowie’s first hit in the UK, 1969’s Space Oddity, was used in BBC’s coverage of the moon landing.
4. Bowie is believed to have sold in the area of 140 million albums throughout his career.
5. He married a Somalian supermodel named Iman in 1992. They have a daughter, born in 2000, named Alexandria Zahra Jones.
6. In 1988, Bowie played Pontius Pilate in Martin Scorsese’s movie The Last Temptation Of Christ.
7. Bowie started playing the Saxophone when he was 12 years old.
8. He was in 10 bands – The Konrads, The Hooker Brothers, The King Bees, The Manish Boys, The Lower Third, The Buzz, The Riot Squad, The Hype, Tin Machine and Tao Jones Index (Some of these performed under other names).
9. During his 2004 North American tour, Bowie was followed around by a 5’3″ pink bunny. The bunny would show up in front row at every show.
10. His 1973 album Pinups featured famed 60’s super model “Twiggy” on the cover with Bowie.
11. Bowie was the voice of Lord Royal Highness in a 2007 episode of Spongebob Squarepants.
12. He starred in a broadway production of The Elephant Man in 1980.
13. A not yet famous Luther Vandross was hired by Bowie to create the vocal arrangements and sing backup vocals on his 1975 album Young Americans.
14. David had turned down two of the highest British honors one can receive. Commander (CBE) in 2000, and Knighthood in 2003.
15. Bowie released his single “Telling Lies” exclusively on his website in 1996. It was the first ever downloadable single by a major artist.
16. His hit song “Fame” was actually co-written by John Lennon. Lennon also sang background vocals on the track.
17. Bowie’s left pupil was permanently dilated after getting punched in the eye by his friend George Underwood. They were fighting over a girl.
Bowie has a legacy unmatched by all but a few other rock stars in history. He was an ever evolving figure in rock, and could incorporate different aspects of every conceivable genre into his music seamlessly. He is a figure that will never be able to be replaced in rock and roll. RIP.