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Mind The Gap: Winter 2016

January 10, 2016 was a tragic day for both the US and UK alike when British music legend David Bowie lost his battle with cancer. Bowie was born David Robert Jones in Brixton on January 8, 1947. Bowie showed an interest in music from an early age and began playing the saxophone when he was 13.  As his career continued he changed his last name to Bowie out of fear of being confused with Davy Jones of The Monkees.  In 1969, Bowie signed a deal with Mercury Records and released the single Space Oddity.  This song gained popularity when the BBC used the single during its coverage of the Apollo 11 moon landing.  With growing stardom in both the US and UK, Bowie released his second album in 1970, The Man Who Sold the World.  His 1972 album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, made him a superstar.  Bowie was much more than just a musician and his love of film helped land him the title role in The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976). In 1980, Bowie performed on Broadway in The Elephant Man.  Many hit albums later, in 1996, Bowie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he was a 2006 recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.  He released Blackstar, his final album on January 8, 2016, his birthday, just two days before his death.  Bowie will be remembered as a legendary rock star, and his music forever cherished.

Trivia Question: Which famous album did David Bowie record in Philadelphia?

The first person to email the correct answer to babc@greaterphilachamber.com will receive a BABC 25th Anniversary edition of Alice in Wonderland.

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