On Jan. 10th, David Bowie died at age 69 after an 18-month battle with cancer. Due to his infinitely musical transformations, Bowie was often known as one of the most influential singer-songwriter and producer of his time, teaching generations of musicians about the power of drama, images, and persona. While Bowie’s personality and character changed dramatically from time to time, his songs were almost always about being an outsider. In 1969, Bowie published his first hit song, “Space Oddity”. In the following years, Bowie published many more singles, two of which made it to No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100, “Fame” in 1975 and “Let’s Dance” in 1983. In 1998, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On Jan. 8th, two days before he died and also his birthday, Bowie published his final album, Blackstar, which is currently No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
While Bowie undoubtedly influenced many musicians, he also served as an important model for his fans. In fact, several of these fans are teachers at CHS. Watch The Prospector's video highlighting various teacher's reactions to Bowie's legacy and recent death.