This slideshow features rare photos of a young David Bowie, showcasing him in his early twenties before he was an international superstar. He was a massive influence in the music industry, especially in the 1970s and 1980s, and in addition to his unique singing voice and sound he was also known for his androgynous beauty. His career has spanned over four decades, and he continues to rock out today in his late sixties. Bowie released his first song “Space Oddity” in 1969, then took a three-year sabbatical to focus on re-inventing himself as an artist. He re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era and revealed his alter ego, Ziggy Stardust with the release of “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.” His crossover into the American music industry was achieved in 1975 after he released the album “Young Americans.” He has sold an estimated 140 million albums worldwide and has been awarded nine Platinum album certifications, 11 Gold and eight Silver, and in the US, five Platinum and seven Gold certifications. “Rolling Stone Magazine” ranked him at number 23 of their “best singers of all time” list.