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Back in 1965, a fresh-faced, 18-year-old Bowie was known as Davy Jones, but he changed his stage name (which was inspired by frontiersman Jim Bowie) so as not to be confused with a certain member of the Monkees.

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David Bowie: His Life in Photos

Rock legend David Bowie shockingly died Sunday, only two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his 25th album ‘Blackstar,’ following a secret 18-month battle with cancer. Over the course of his unparalleled five-decade career, Bowie was a man of mystery and of many faces: the Laughing Gnome, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, the Thin White Duke, the Man Who Fell to Earth. Perhaps no other artist in the history of rock ‘n’ roll underwent so many fascinating transformations as did David Bowie. Here, Yahoo Music looks at some of his greatest, most iconic looks.