Singer-songwriter and occasional actor David Bowie passed away yesterday following an 18 month battle with cancer. Bowie died two days after his 69th birthday.
It was on his 69th birthday that Bowie would release his final album Blackstar.
I read something quite interesting about Bowie in Patrick Humphries' biography of Nick Drake. In the '60's, in order to appear on BBC Radio, artists had to audition before a talent panel and Bowie (who was then known as David Jones) was no exception. Bowie's didn't fare so well at the audition. The BBC talent panel determined that Bowie was "a singer devoid of personality."
Only a panel of government bureaucrats could conclude that David Bowie was devoid of personality.