Person Born 8/1/1947 Died 10/1/2016
Musician and actor. Born David Robert Jones 40 Stansfield Road, Brixton. The family left here when David was 6 and moved to Plaistow Grove, Bromley.
David changed his surname to avoid confusion with Davy Jones of The Monkees. Bowie's early work included the 1967 single The Laughing Gnome (which he'd probably rather forget). He had a major hit in 1969 with Space Oddity, when he was living in Foxgrove Road Beckenham, and went on to greater success with the albums Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars and Diamond Dogs. As an actor his films include: The Elephant Man on Broadway and on film in The Man Who Fell to Earth and Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence.
2013: Mark Buttimer informed us of a plaque to Bowie on Zizzi’s restaurant at 157, Beckenham High Street. Bowie lived in Beckenham for 5 years and in 1969 ran the Beckenham Arts Lab from this building which was the Three Tuns pub. First erected in 2001 the plaque was taken down two years later but re-erected in 2010. Report in the Bromley Times.
The Daily Mail reported that Bowie lived in New York from 1993 but after being diagnosed with cancer he returned to London in summer 2014 with his wife and then 13 year-old daughter to visit his former homes at his birth-place in Brixton and in Bromley and Beckenham.
He had more style and charisma than your average earthman and we are very sad that he had to go.