David Bowie passed away yesterday morning at the age of 69. He had just announced a new album.
I’m not the biggest fan of Bowie, musically, but he did make several of my all-time favorite songs: “Let’s Dance”, “I’m Afraid of Americans”, and, with Queen, “Under Pressure”. Even though I don’t enjoy his landmark works, like Ziggy Stardust, that doesn’t preclude me from recognizing his talent and impact on the industry.
For example, when he found out Mott The Hoople was breaking up, he wrote the song “All the Young Dudes” for them in less than a day. It became a smash Glam Rock hit, one of the songs that shaped Rock & Roll. (More here.)
Talented, driven, alternately wildly successful and wildly unsuccessful, he was one of the greats. And, of course, he gave a brilliant performance in Labyrinth: Jareth, the Goblin King.
RIP David Bowie. RIP.
UPDATE: The last photo of David Bowie, taken a couple of days before his death.