Considered as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, David Bowie's sonic and visual work had an undeniable impact on popular music. Born in Brixton, South London, Bowie's interest in music and arts was apparent from an early age. Six years after embarking on a professional music career in 1963, "Space Oddity" became his first UK Top Five Single propelling his breakthrough.
His alter-ego, Ziggy Stardust turned Bowie into an international superstar, redefining glam rock in the early 70s. However, it was the 80s when Bowie hit the height of his powers, with his blockbuster 1983 album, "Let's Dance" arguably being the pinnacle. Following the success of this album, Bowie's presence may have weakened, but his impact and influence certainly did not. Each of his phases sparked numerous subgenres throughout the 70s from punkrock to goth rock and electronica.
Bowie has sold more than 140 million albums worldwide and has numerous awards and accolades, including being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Few artists have had such impact on music worldwide.