Welcome to the life of a very talented man.
In the early ‘60s, Bowie took on his stage name to avoid confusion with Davy Jones of the Monkees (imagine making that mistake!). In 1969, Bowie tapped into the global psyche by releasing the single “Space Oddity” just five days ahead of the Apollo 11 launch. The majestic interstellar tragedy hit #5 in the U.K.
Through the ‘70s and ‘80s, Bowie enjoyed continued success on both the album and singles charts in spite of his willful tendency to veer sharply off course of his previous triumphs. From the “plastic soul” of his mid-70s work, to the German minimalism of his late-70s albums, to his New Romantic pop in the early-80s, Bowie sustained an enviable relationship with the Billboard charts. Still, his musical curiosity never waned.
Clancy's comment: Wow. You'd have to like a guy who knocked back some 'so-called' prestigious awards from Britain.