Published Jan 11, 2016 at 8:22 AM | Updated at 1:36 PM EST on Jan 8, 2019
David Bowie, the innovative and iconic singer whose illustrious career lasted five decades, died Jan. 10, 2016, after battling cancer for 18 months. He would have turned 72 today.
Bowie was born David Jones in Brixton, England on 1947 and his first hit song was "Space Oddity" in 1969. The song reached the top five of the UK Singles Chart. Bowie would go on to reinvent himself throughout the years from his alter ego Ziggy Stardust to the post-apocalyptic Thin White Duke of the mid-1970s.
The artist's influence spanned many generations, various circles and extended beyond planet Earth. When Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield ended his five-month stint on the International Space Station in 2013, the ship's commander gave his Twitter followers "a last glimpse of the world," with an outer space rendition of the Bowie classic "Space Oddity."
Bowie shares a birthday with fellow icon and rocker Elvis Presley.
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