The Legendary British Pop Star, David Bowie, the Stardust-man of Multicolours died on this Sunday (8.1.1947-10.1.2016)
by Elizabeth Menon

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The Legendary British Pop Star, David Bowie, the Stardust-man of Multicolours died on this Sunday (8.1.1947-10.1.2016)



David Bowie was a multitalented artist, a Pop-Rock singer, Lyricist, Actor, Record Producer, Painter, who also played many musical instruments. He was very flamboyant, changing his persona over the years, both in his music albums and various films. He was born, David Robert Jones, in Brixton, England on 8.1.1947 and bid farewell on 10.1.2016, two days after his 69th birthday, succumbing to liver cancer. His career started with 'Space Oddity' in 1969 few weeks before the first Moon landing to 'Let's Dance' and 'Ziggy Stardust', followed by many more albums and finally, the dramatic goodbye with 'The Black-Star and Lazarus', two days before his death – 143 million record sales around the world, many singles and albums and around 25 films, including Martin Scorsese's 'The Last Temptation of Christ' and 'The Man who Fell to Earth' in between!

The multicoloured images of 'Ziggy Stardust' and the colourful personas reach the listeners even before the very characteristic voice of David Bowie. My favourite is the classic, 'Under Pressure' that he has performed with Freddie Mercury, which is legendary! David Bowie performed 'Under Pressure' with Annie Lennox at the 'Tribute Concert for Freddie Mercury in Wembley' in 1992, the year after Freddie's passing. It was a heart wrenching moment that brought everyone to tears when David Bowie knelt before the crowd and said the 'Lord's Prayer' at the end of the song!

The album, 'The Black-Star and Lazarus' that was released on his 69th Birthday on 8 January 2016 turned out to be the legendary 'Stardustman’s' 'Goodbye' and he says it with, “Look up to me here; I am in heaven ...”, almost as if he knew that he would be 'On the Other Side', by the time we listen to his final words of 'Goodbye'! He was the 'Picasso' of music, as he brought 'Art' into music! He is no more, but his music will be with us for ever! May his soul Rest in Peace!
©EmenonJanuary2016

'Under Pressure': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8qm8KPti7A Freddie mercury and David Bowie (1981)
David Bowie performing 'Under Pressure' with Annie Lennox at the 'Tribute Concert for Freddie Mercury in Wembley' in 1992: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCP2-Bfhy04
'Ziggy Stardust': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Muh1pk7xc2k
'Heroes: David Bowie at Wembley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGOx0ZpMrrU

© E Menon

 

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