The music world has lost one of its greatest talents, as the indelible English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, painter, and actor David Bowie has passed away at the age of 69 after a long battle with cancer. Over the course of his close to 50-year music career, Bowie was a constant innovator who pushed the boundaries of pop music and style, as his infamously androgynous looks and well-crafted songwriting influenced countless musicians and artists, such as Lady Gaga, The Arctic Monkeys, and even Jay Z, just to name a few.
With a career as long and storied as Bowie’s, it makes sense that it would contain all sorts of cool facts and unique stories. While one could easily spend days just reading about Bowie’s fascinating life, we’ve rounded up some of the best bits of trivia to celebrate his life and legacy. With that in mind, here are some bits of David Bowie trivia that you (probably) don’t know about.
8. The Next Day Was Created In Secret
Bowie released his final album, Blackstar, less than a week before his death, which will surely only help that album’s mystique in the long run, but it’s important to remember that his previous album, 2013’s The Next Day, was also a fantastic work that signaled a late-career comeback for Bowie. What you may not know is that Bowie made the album in secret and didn’t even let his PR team know about it. He even went as far as forcing any staff who worked with him to sign non-disclosure agreements. If that’s not rock n’ roll, we don’t know what is.