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Today is Bowie's birthday. He may have gone, but his music lives on. Let's celebrate the genius of the Thin White Duke with some Bowiefacts.
Bowie's real name is David Robert Jones.
His first band was called The Konrads and featured Bowie on Saxophone.
His self-titled debut album was released in 1967 and was a commercial flop. It would be two years before he released another LP.
As a struggling performer in the late 1960s, Bowie auditioned for a part in an advert for Kit Kats. He was rejected.
Bowie's first film was The Image in 1969, playing a ghostly figure that emerges from a painting.
Bowie claimed his Ziggy Stardust persona was based on seeing Lou Reed and Iggy Pop perform live in America in 1971.
Bowie tried to give Elvis Presley the track Golden Years, but The King turned it down.
Bowie famously announced he was retiring his Ziggy Stardust character at a show at London's Hammersmith Odeon on 3 July 1973. He hadn't told the rest of the band.
In 1976, following a period of over-indulgence and general paranoia, Bowie moved to West Berlin and hung out with his mate Iggy Pop. The result was four albums: Bowie's Low and "Heroes" and Iggy's The Idiot and Lust For Life.
Following the release of his album Scary Monsters in 1980 and the No 1 hit Ashes To Ashes, Bowie played the part of John Merrick in The Elephant Man on stage on Broadway.
The 1981 German film Christiane F tells the story of a number of teenage heroin addicts in Berlin and features footage of Bowie in concert - although the gig actually took place in New York.
Bowie's character in the movie Labyrinth is called Jareth. He's a Goblin King.
Bowie's late 80s/early 90s "supergroup", Tin Machine, featured guitarist Reeves Gabrels (now playing with The Cure) and Hunt and Tony Sales, who had formed part of Iggy Pop's band on the Lust For Life album.
In 1997, Bowie issued "Bowie Bonds": allowing purchasers to gain revenue from Bowie's album royalties. The expired in 2007, so don't buy any. BBC finance expert Evan Davis claimed that this sort of thing kicked off the credit crunch and the recession.
At a gig in Oslo, Norway on 18 June 2004, Bowie was hit in the eye by a lollipop thrown by an audience member. The tour was cancelled shortly after when it turned out he was suffering from a blocked artery - it was to be his last tour.