The IMC Magazine Issue 12/February 2016 - Page 61

'Space Oddity' gave Bowie his big break. This now-famous track was used by the BBC in its coverage of the moon landing in 1969. Bowie was practically unknown back then – the song became his first UK hit when it was re-released in 1972.

The song ‘Under Pressure’ – a collaboration between Bowie and Queen – evolved from a collective jam session at Bowie’s studio in Montreux, Switzerland. He’d originally intended to sing backing vocals on a different Queen song, ‘Cool Cat’.

David Bowie's real name is David Robert Jones. He changed his surname to Bowie to avoid confusion with Davy Jones, a member of the popular band of the time "The Monkees.

Depite popular belief, David Bowie’s eyes are not different colours. They only appear so because one eye has a permanantly dilated pupil, result from a fight with his friend George Underwood punching him in the eye while the pair were still at school, in a fight over a girl!

He left school with just one qualification, an O Level in art.

Bowie was lined up to star alongside Michael Caine in "The Eagle Has Landed", a film about a plot to assassinate Hitler. He had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts. Yes let's not forget the many movie roles he has played in. Among some of his movies - Just a Gigolo 1978, The Man Who Fell to Earth 1976, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence 1983, The Labyrith 1986, Zoolander 2001 and The Prestiege 2006

Peter Frampton - of 'Baby I Love Your Way' fame - was Bowie's friend at school - his dad was head of the art department.

At a gig in Oslo in 2004, Bowie was struck in the eye by a lollipop hurled from the crowd. It became lodged there, before being removed by a member of his road crew. Like a trooper, Bowie then continued with the show.

Did you know that in the song "Fame", he invited John Lennon to sing on the song. After John passed away in 1980, he beame a father figure for his son Sean.

Bowie cover of The Beatles song "Across the Universe was featured on his album Young Americans and John Lennon plays backing guitar and vocals.

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