We take a look at the singer's career...
Holly Frith

14:31 8th January 2012

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David Bowie celebrates his 65th birthday today (January 8) – he’s officially become a pensioner!

With rumours that the singer has retired from music (we don’t want to believe it) he’s certainly packed a lot into those 65 years.

What better way to celebrate David Bowie's 65th year on our humble planet than to look at some defining photos.

From Ziggy to The Thin White Duke, from space cadet with bad teeth to fully formed rock legend, click through to see the master in all his glory...

Check out our gallery of David Bowie below. Leave those birthday messages as well!!

  • The promo photo from Bowie's 1965 single 'You've Got a Habit of Leaving' under his real(ish) name Davy Jones and his band The Lower Third. He later dropped the 'Davy' to avoid confusion with The Monkees member of the same name

  • David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust circa 1972. Rumour has it he stuffed a sock down his pants for this photo...

  • David Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King in seminal 1986 movie Labyrinth.

  • A defining moment in pop culture. The androgynous David Bowie and Mick Ronson are about to embrace during the Top of the Pops rendition of ‘Starman’

  • David Bowie in 1983 at Wembley Arena during the Serious Moonlight Tour

  • A fresh faced Bowie with a very fresh faced Iggy Pop in 1979

  • Bowie appears on Bing Crosby's 1977 television special, Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas, to sing 'Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy'. Crosby died just a month after it was filmed and never lived to see it broadcast

  • The timeless sleeve to ‘Aladdin Sane’ 1973

  • Looking dapper in green at the Freddie Mercury tribute concert in 1992

  • David Bowie live in New York, 1995

  • From the UK version of the 1969 album ‘Space Oddity’

  • With Ricky Gervais, Chris Martin and other guests on the BBC comedy 'Extras' in 2006

  • A crooked-toothed, 22-year-old Bowie in the 1969 video to 'Space Oddity'.

  • Bowie looking svelte in August 1998

  • Circa ‘Hunky Dory’ in 1971. Nice hair Dave.

  • The quiff-tastic David Bowie in the '80s. Legend.

  • The rock chameleon close up and personal

  • The mugshot from when 29-year-old Bowie was arrested for cannabis possession in Rochester, New York in 1976.

  • Live in Chicago, 2002

  • Bowie at Glastonbury's 30th anniversary in June 2000. A performance widely regarded as one of the Greatest Glastonbury shows of all time

  • Bowie starring as the madcap inventor Nikola Tesla in 2006 movie 'The Prestige'

  • David Bowie and his wife Iman at the 6th Annual Tribeca Film Festival in New York, 2007

  • Bowie sporting a black eye and a bandaged hand as he kicked off fashion week in New York in September 2005.

  • A new spider species discovered in Malaysia in 2009. Its founders dubbed Heteropoda Davidbowie. Spider from Mars indeed.

  • Bowie and his movie director son Duncan at the Sundance Film Festival 2009

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