David Bowie

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David Bowie
Birth nameDavid Robert Jones
BornJanuary 8, 1947
London, England
DiedJanuary 10, 2016(2016-01-10) (aged 69)
New York City, US
WikipediaDavid Bowie

David Robert Jones (January 8, 1947 – January 10, 2016), known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer-songwriter and actor who is regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Billy Corgan is a self-proclaimed life long fan.

The song "Zowie" from Corgan's second studio album, Ogilala, was written as a tribute to Bowie following his death in 2016.

Background with Billy Corgan[edit | edit source]

Corgan first met Bowie in the 90s. At the time, Bowie was also with Virgin Records, so they would occasionally encounter each other. They appeared together on a few television shows (it's unclear which shows). Eventually he asked Corgan to play with him on his 50th Birthday Party at Madison Square Garden in 1997. When Corgan asked him about why he had him play on "All the Young Dudes", Bowie replied that the lyric "Billy's picking stars off of his face" reminded him of Corgan.[1]

In the long run, Corgan said he didn't get to know him too well because Bowie was apparently a very private person.[1] In a VIP pre-show, Corgan explained the difficult time Bowie was going through career-wise when he shared the stage with Corgan, and watching how the music business treated Bowie served as a lesson for Corgan:

Most covered David Bowie songs by SP[edit | edit source]

Song Plays
Space Oddity 171
Let's Dance 26
Fame 17
Rock 'n' Roll With Me 6
All the Young Dudes 2
Rebel Rebel 2
Ziggy Stardust 2
Kooks 2
Heroes 2
Suffragette City 2
The Jean Genie 1
Love to Be in Love With You 1

Videos[edit | edit source]

"The Jean Genie" with Corgan, 50th birthday party

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]