#517 David Bowie / Terry Sylvester – 08 January 1947

David Bowie

David Bowie, born David Robert Jones, (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016) was 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, and the intellectual depth and eclecticism of his work. In 1999, Bowie was made a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. He received an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music the same year. He declined the royal honour of Commander of the British Empire in 2000, and turned down a knighthood in 2003. Throughout his career he has sold an estimated 250 million albums. In the United Kingdom, he has been awarded 9 Platinum, 11 Gold and 8 Silver albums, and in the United States, 5 Platinum and 7 Gold. In the BBC’s 2002 poll of the 100 Greatest Britons, he was ranked 29. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him 39th on their list of the 100 Greatest Rock Artists of All Time and the 23rd best singer of all time. Bowie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on 17 January 1996.

Terry Sylvester

Terry Sylvester (born Terence Sylvester, 8 January 1947, Allerton, Liverpool, Lancashire), was the guitarist/singer with The Escorts, The Swinging Blue Jeans(1966–69) and The Hollies. In the latter guise, he replaced Graham Nash who left the band in December 1968. He immediately had a single hit with the band in 1969 with “Sorry Suzanne” which reached number 3 in the UK Singles Chart. “Sorry Suzanne”, was followed by “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” (1969) another UK No.3 plus a US chart hit.

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Bowie
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Sylvester

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