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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th December 1942 Allies in London sentence German war criminals
17th December 1936 Singer Tommy Steele, born in Bermondsey, London.
17th December 1891 Born today: Robertson Hare, London England, actor (Our Girl Friday, Banana Ridge)
David Bowie's School
School to David Bowie and his astonishing dancing
Location: Rangefield Road, Bromley, BR1 4QX
Description: David Bowie, born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947 is an all round legend, from musicianship, through acting and producing.
Bowie is widely regarded as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s, and is known for his distinctive voice and the intellectual depth 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.
Bowie's impact at that time, as described by biographer David Buckley, 'challenged the core belief of the rock music of its day' and 'created perhaps the biggest cult in popular culture.'
Biographer David Buckley says of Bowie: 'His influence has been unique in popular culture - he has permeated and altered more lives than any comparable figure.'
In the BBC's 2002 poll of the 100 Greatest Britons, Bowie was placed at number 29. Throughout his career, he has sold an estimated 136 million albums.
In the United Kingdom, he has been awarded 9 Platinum album certifications, 11 Gold and 8 Silver, and in the United States, 5 Platinum and 7 Gold certifications. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him 39th on their list of the '100 Greatest Artists of All Time', and 23rd on their list of the best singers of all-time.
And so to this school... Bowie progressed here to Burnt Ash Junior School. His singing voice was considered 'adequate' by the school choir, and his recorder playing judged to demonstrate above-average musical ability.
At the age of nine, his dancing during the newly introduced music and movement classes was strikingly imaginative: teachers called his interpretations 'vividly artistic' and his poise 'astonishing' for a child.
Tagged in this Tour: David Bowis's London Life