If you were asked to name a British pop-rock star who first came to recognition in the 1960s and whose birth name was David Jones, you'd likely feel more inclined to name a Monkey than Ziggy Stardust. While David Robert Jones (David Bowie) and David Thomas Jones (Davy Jones) of the Monkees began their rise to fame in the same decade, Bowie's career has been much more glamorous. While making a name for himself in the '60s, Bowie made a name for his alter-ego Ziggy Stardust with 1972's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. By 1975, Bowie was an international star after his single "Fame" reached #1 on US charts. He has also starred in a number of films, most famously he played Jareth, the Goblin King in the 1986 cult flick, Labyrinth. Bowie's 2013 album The Next Day peaked at #1 in the UK and #2 in the US.
David Robert Jones (born 8 January 1947), known by his stage name David Bowie, is an English musician, actor, record producer and arranger. A major figure for over four decades in the world of popular music, Bowie is widely regarded as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. He is known for his distinctive voice as well as the intellectual depth and considerable eclecticism of his work. Bowie first caught the eye and ear of the public in July 1969, when his song 'Space Oddity' reached the top five of the UK Singles Chart. After a three-year period of experimentation he re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era with the flamboyant, androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust.
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