Rock star David Bowie's first hit was the song "Space Oddity" in The original pop chameleon, Bowie became a fantastical sci-fi character for his breakout Ziggy Stardust album. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Shortly after releasing his final album, Bowie died from cancer on January 10, Bowie showed an interest in music from an early age and began playing the saxophone at age
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The Beatles with their manager Brian Epstein, right, in October By Jim Farber. Managers groomed them and shaped them, and in the classic rock era those managers were often gay men. For decades, the close relationships between the managers and the predominantly straight musicians they advised were not discussed much. Lately, however, they have become a point of pride and celebration. Wenner did not come out to the press until the mids.
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Marc Bolan's third huge hit in a row, No 1 for four weeks. His Top of the Pops performance showed him going truly imperial, with flying-V guitar, pink trousers, silver jacket and, prompted by his friend and colleague Chelita Secunda, glitter on his cheekbones. He did his best to make it happen with this Velvet Underground tribute, saturated in homosexuality and Manhattan sleaze.
His first hit as a songwriter came with the popular Murmaids song "Popsicles and Icicles. Surrounded by music from birth, he was proficient in piano, bass, and guitar by the time he was in high school. The song was written for Gates ' high-school sweetheart, Jo Rita, whom he married and had children with while enrolled at the University of Oklahoma. In , the family moved to Los Angeles, and Gates embarked on a career of songwriting and producing.