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David Bowie

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Born: January 8, 1947; Brixton, London, England  
The cliché about David Bowie says he's a musical chameleon, adapting himself according to fashion and trends. While such a criticism is too glib, there's no denying that Bowie demonstrated remarkable skill for perceiving musical trends at his peak in the '70s. After spending several years in the late '60s as a mod and as an all-around music-hall entertainer, Bowie reinvented himself as a hippie singer/songwriter. Prior to his breakthrough in Read more 1972, he recorded a proto-metal record and a pop-rock album, eventually redefining glam-rock with his ambiguously sexy Ziggy Stardust persona. Ziggy made Bowie an international star, yet he wasn't content to continue to churn out glitter-rock. By the mid-'70s, he developed an effete, sophisticated version of Philly soul that he dubbed "plastic soul," which eventually morphed into the eerie avant-pop of 1976's Station to Station. Shortly afterward, he relocated to Berlin, where he recorded three experimental electronic albums with Brian Eno. At the dawn of the '80s, Bowie was still at the height of his powers, yet following his blockbuster dance-pop album Let's Dance in 1983, he slowly sank into mediocrity before salvaging his career in the early '90s. Even when he was out of fashion in the '80s and '90s, it was clear that Bowie was one of the most influential musicians in rock, for better and for worse. Each one of his phases in the '70s sparked a number of subgenres, including punk, new wave, goth-rock, the New Romantics, and electronica. Few rockers ever had such lasting impact. Read less
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  • 1.
    Prokofiev: Symphony No 5, Peter & The Wolf / Ormandy
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 38295 Release Date: 02/06/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  David Bowie
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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    Basic 100 Volume 43 - Prokofiev: Peter And The Wolf / Bowie
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 62563 Release Date: 05/10/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Benjamin Britten,  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  David Bowie,  Leo Litwin,  Martin Hoherman,  Samuel Lipman
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Boston Pops
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    David Bowie Narrates Prokofiev's Peter And The Wolf
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60878 Release Date: 02/11/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  David Bowie
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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