David Robert Jones, most notably known as David Bowie, was born on January 8, 1947 in Brixton, South London. Bowie started showing interest in music at a young age. By 13, he started learning the saxophone. His older brother Terry, who influenced him to take notice of rock and roll, was cited as an important character to this burgeoning interest.
Bowie’s rise to fame was never a steady, straightforward ride. It took years of him experimenting life paths, those of which include him working with other bands, leading his own, living in a Buddhist monastery, and starting a Mime Troupe.
1969 marked a wonderful year for the singer, as he earned his first hit: “Space Oddity”. As inspired by Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, Space Oddity was a hit especially since it was used by BBC’s coverage of the Apollo 11 landing. While Ziggy Stardust was one of Bowie’s first few ventures into his tendency to create wonderful characters, he has taken on other roles that have garnered him the title of a “chameleon”.