(born David Robert Jones: 8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016) was an English rock
singer, songwriter and actor. 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. In the US, he received five platinum and seven gold
certifications. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.