Perhaps one of the most influential, interesting, iconic and talented people ever to hit the stage and screen, David Bowie was not only our childhood hero through the cult film Labyrinth, but also someone we have known and loved our entire lives for his simply genius music.
Always on the hunt for a good bit of tasty knowledge to sink our teeth into, we thought we would do some digging and pop together some cool facts we’ve recently learned about the legend himself. Sit back and enjoy our 10 Things You [Probably] Didn’t Know About David Bowie…
> His eyes are actually the same colour – Perhaps hard to believe we know, his eyes are the same colour, however after a fight as a kid his left eye was left permanently dilated which gives it the appearance of being darker.
> As impressive at it is, Bowie was in a total of 10 bands; The Hype, Tao Jones Index, Tin Machine, The Buzz, The Riot Squad, The King Bees, The Lower Third, The Manish Boys, The Konrads and The Hooker Brothers.
> He released the first downloadable single from a major artist – Back in 1996, Bowie released his single ‘Telling Lies’ on his website. Given the dial-up speeds back then this might have taken around 11 minutes to complete. How did we have the patience back then?? Well worth the wait though huh.
> He did the voice (gurgling) for the baby in the song “Magic Dance,” in the movie Labyrinth.
> He was buddies with a young Elton John – When he was 17, Bowie (who was then still David Jones) loved to meet up with his friend Reginald Kenneth Dwight (who later of course became Elton John) at the Soho’s Giaconda Cafe, to hang out and talk about music.
> He really didn’t like the song ‘The Little Drummer Boy’ – A classic clip of the man himself with music veteran Bing Crosby singing together shows Bowie singing a song called ‘Peace on Earth’ while Bing sang ‘The Little Drummer Boy’. Bowie’s part, ‘Peace on Earth’, was written for him so Bowie didn’t have to sing a simple duet of ‘The Little Drummer Boy’, so they turned it into a mix of the two. Awesome stuff!
> Letting the numbers speak for themselves, David Bowie sold more than 140 million records in his lifetime.
> His first television appearance was in 1964, at the age of 17, he was interviewed on a BBC program as the founder of The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Long-haired Men.
> David Bowie’s best known duets are of course with Freddie Mercury, Mick Jagger, and Bing Crosby. However, have you seen this live duet of ‘Tonight’ he did with Tina Turner?
>In 1980, he starred in the Broadway production of The Elephant Man.
So there you have them folks. Hopefully we’ve given you a little extra glimpse into the life of this extraordinary man who shook the world and stamped his mark on it forever.
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