David Bowie Has Died

David Bowie Has Died

David Bowie RIP

David Bowie

FULL STORY:  Well this was completely unexpected.  DAVID BOWIE died yesterday at the age of 69.  He’d had cancer for a while, but kept it pretty much a secret.  They didn’t say what kind.



Here’s what the official statement said.  “David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer.  While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”



Obviously Bowie was a rock icon for over 40 years, and his career incorporated glam rock, soul, pop, and electronica.



His big breakthrough was the 1972 album “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”.  That’s the one with “Moonage Daydream”, “Starman”, “Ziggy Stardust”, and “Suffragette City”.



Ziggy Stardust kind of became his alter ego for a while too . . . the pale white makeup, the big orange hair, the weird androgynous outfits.



And he had other personas and styles over the years.  Basically he was doing a weird mixture of rock, art, and fashion 40 years before Lady Gaga.  And that might have been as influential as his music.



Believe it or not, he only had two #1 songs in America . . . “Fame” in 1975, and “Let’s Dance” in 1983.



Other Bowie classics include “Space Oddity”, “Changes”, “Rebel Rebel”, “Young Americans”, “Golden Years”, “Heroes”, “Modern Love”, “Under Pressure” with QUEEN, and Little Drummer Boy” with BING CROSBY.






He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, and got the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.



He also did a bunch of acting:  He played an alien in “The Man Who Fell to Earth” . . . a vampire in “The Hunger” . . . the Goblin King in “Labyrinth” . . . and Pontius Pilate in the Martin Scorsese movie “The Last Temptation of Christ”.



More recently, he had a pretty big part in “The Prestige” . . . the movie where Christian Bale and High Jackman were rival magicians . . . and did a cameo as himself in “Zoolander”.



His real name was David Jones, but he changed it so he wouldn’t be confused with DAVY JONES of THE MONKEES.  And he had a permanently dilated eye after being punched in the face in a schoolyard fight over a girl.






He married the model IMAN in 1992, and they were still together.  They had a daughter, and Bowie had a son from a previous marriage too.






His most recent album was “Blackstar”, and it just came out on Friday . . . which was also his 69th birthday.




A Guy Planted 400 Acres of Sunflowers in His Wife’s Memory

A Guy Planted 400 Acres of Sunflowers in His Wife’s Memory

A 66-year-old woman in Wisconsin named Babbette Jaquish lost her battle with cancer last November. So her 65-year-old husband Don decided to pay tribute to her in a pretty incredible way.

The two of them owned a farm in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and after Babbette was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2006, she said she wanted to start growing sunflowers . . . and sell the seeds to raise money for cancer research.

So this past spring, he planted 400 ACRES of them along both sides of the road next to their property. And if you drive by their place now, the sunflowers go on for four-and-a-half MILES.

Don and his family plan to start selling the seeds soon, and they’re putting Babbette’s story on the back of every bag.

He told ABC News he wanted to do something big to show people how much he loved her, because, quote, “Everyone that ever met Babbette fell in love with her. I was just lucky enough to be the guy that SHE fell in love with.”

(ABC News)

Chris Brown is reportedly in solitary confinement

Chris Brown is reportedly in solitary confinement

spl720946_005Chris Brown’s next month is going to be a little bleak…and maybe smelly. Sources are telling TMZ that not only is the rapper in jail until April 23rd, but while he’s in the slammer, he’s in solitary confinement.

That means Brown spends 23 hours a day in a cell by himself and can only have one shower every two days. While locked up, he can read and work out, but that’s about it.

Brown’s next legal battle will come on April 17th when he faces charges stemming from the assault outside of a D.C. hotel. If convicted, he could face more jail time for violating his probation. Probation that he got as a result of the Rihanna case. See a pattern here?