British rock star and legend, David Bowie is no more. The 69-year-old was battling cancer. He died peacefully yesterday surrounded by his family. Many gathered outside his homes in Brixton, London, New York and Berlin to lay flowers or light candles and pay tributes.
While much was known about this beloved star, here are some things about him, you might have missed out on:
- His real name is David Robert Jones, which he later changed to avoid confusion with Davy Jones from Monkee.
- According to Mirror, his mum Peggy was a waitress and his dad, John worked for Barnardo’s.
- He shares the same birthday as Elvis. It seems Elvis Presley seriously considered recording a cover version of Bowie’s 1976 hit, Golden Years reports Mirror.
- He began playing the piano at the age of ten and the saxophone at the age of 12 years old.
- He didn’t have differently coloured eyes. The pupil from one of his eyes was left permanently dilated, when during a fight, his friend accidentally scratched his eyeball and paralyzing the muscles that contract the pupil.
- Bowie and this person, George Underwood, remained friends despite the fight.
- According to BBC, he declined the CBE (Commander of British Empire) in 2000 and a knighthood in 2003.
- Bowie married supermodel Iman twice states Mirror. In fact he first proposed to her while on a boat cruise on the Seine, in Paris.
- In fact, DailyMail states that he lived in Sydney for 10 years. In 1983, while filming China Girl, he fell in love with Australian-based New Zealand model Geeling Ng.
- David Bowie was fascinated by Australian culture, which featured heavily in his music.
- According to news.com.au, he had a place in Elizabeth Bay, Sydney which was his base when recording or touring across Australia.
- He had his own mime troupe called Feathers.
- According to Mirror, Christoper Walken played the role of Max Zorin in James Bond film ‘A View To A Kill’ only after it was declined by David Bowie.
- He made an appearance in popular movie, The Prestige, alongside Hugh Jackman and Scarlett Johansson.
- BBC reports that he was in 10 bands over a period of time. They are: The Konrads, The Hooker Brothers, The King Bees, The Manish Boys, The Lower Third, The Buzz, The Riot Squad, The Hype, Tin Machine and Tao Jones Index.