The following year, he further confounded musical expectations with the electronic-inflected album Low (1977), the first of three collaborations with Brian Eno that would come to be known as the "Berlin Trilogy".
"Heroes" (1977) and Lodger (1979) followed; each album reached the UK top five and received lasting critical praise.
After uneven commercial success in the late 1970s, Bowie had UK number ones with the 1980 single "Ashes to Ashes", its parent album Scary Monsters and Super Creeps, and "Under Pressure", a 1981 collaboration with Queen.
He then reached his commercial peak in 1983 with Let's Dance, with its title track topping both UK and US charts.
'Hound Dog' and I had never seen her get up and be moved so much by anything. I started getting records immediately after that." By the end of the following year he had taken up the ukulele and tea-chest bass, begun to participate in skiffle sessions with friends, and had started to play the piano; meanwhile his stage presentation of numbers by both Presley and Chuck Berry—complete with gyrations in tribute to the original artists—to his local Wolf Cub group was described as "mesmerizing ...
like someone from another planet." Despite its status it was, by the time David arrived in 1958, as rich in arcane ritual as any [English] public school.
He was a figure in popular music for over five decades, regarded by critics and musicians as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s.
His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, his music and stagecraft significantly influencing popular music.
During his lifetime, his record sales, estimated at 140 million worldwide, made him one of the world's best-selling music artists.
In the UK, he was awarded nine platinum album certifications, eleven gold and eight silver, releasing eleven number-one albums.
His voice was considered "adequate" by the school choir, and he demonstrated above-average abilities in playing the recorder.