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David Bowie: The South London Years

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1947 Born David Jones at  40 Stansfield Road, Lambeth on 8th January.
1951 Went to Stockwell Infants School
1953 Jan: Moved to 106 Canon Road, Bromley           
1951 Went to Raglan Infants School. Clarence Road
1954 Feb: Moved to Clarence Road, Bromley
1955 June: Moved to 4 Plaistow Grove, Bromley
Went to Burnt Ash Junior school. Rangefield Road
1958 Sept Went to Bromley Technical High School for Boys, Oakley Road, Bromley 
(Now Ravens Wood School)
1959 Learnt the saxophone.

1961 Photo (aged 14)
1962 Suffered eye damage after a fight with his friend, George Underwood.
 First group was  Konrads with Neville Wills -gtr, 

1963 Left Bromley Technical High School for Boys with one O Level (Art)
Worked at an advertsising agency for a few months then left to pursue music career

Nov: Formed the King Bees 
1964 June: First single Liza Jane by David Jones & King Bees

Aug: Joined
Manish Boys from Maidstone.
Nov Interviewed on Tonight (BBC TV
1965 April: Left home?

April: Linked up with Margate group The Lower Third
Changed surname to Bowie due to actor (& later Monkee) Davy Jones            
1966 Feb: New backing band The Buzz

1967 Sang with The Riot Squad
April: Laughing Gnome
June: First album: David Bowie
Moved to Manchester Street, W1
July Love You Till Tuesday single
Dec: Appeared in Lindsay Kemp’s Pierrot in Turquoise 69 Film 
1968 Aug: Moved to 22 Clareville Grove, SW7

Sept: Formed Feathers trio with partner Hermione and John Hutchinson
1969 Jan:  Made film Love You Till Tuesday promo film
March: Moved to Flat 1, 24 Foxgrove Road, Beckenham
April: Met Angie Barnett 
May: Started Beckenham Arts Club at Three Tuns, Beckenham. 
July: Space Oddity single

Aug 16: Appeared at Beckenham Free Festival
Oct: Moved to Haddon Hall, Flat 7, 42 Southend Road  Bowie had the ground floor of the now-demolished house (now flats plus Shannon Way). He painted the ceilings silver and held parties in the garden. 
Nov: 2nd album: Space Oddity

1970 19 March: Married Angie Barnett at Bromley Registry Office in Beckenham Lane.
Tony Defries manager
Nov: 3rd album Man Who Sold The World
1971 US tour of radio stations
14 Sept: Filmed by Andy Warhol at the Factory

Dec: 4th album  Hunky Dory
1972 Bowie and friends put the finishing touches to the look of his Ziggy Stardust character .
The Ziggy outfits were stitched together at Haddon Hall under the direction of clothes designer Freddie Burrett (known as Burretti  and the songs that became Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust were rehearsed in an impromptu studio created under the stairs, as well as at the Thomas a Becket pub in the Old Kent Road. The haircut was done by Suzi Fussey, who worked opposite the Three Tuns  in Beckenham in the Evelyn Paget (now Gigante) hair salon - although she apparently copied the design from a magazine. The famous red and black platform boots were made by Stan Miller of Greenaway and Sons in Penge.
Feb 8: Bowie as Ziggy on Old Grey Whistle Test: Five Years Film
Feb 10: First Ziggy concert at Tolworth Surrey
cApril: Photographed by Mick Rock at Haddon Hall

June: 5th album Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust
July: Top of the Pops - Starman Film
April: 6th album: Hunky Dory
May: Left Haddon Hall in Beckenham for Maida Vale.
July: Played Hammersmith Odeon           
TV Interview


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