Two years ago, fans mourned the loss of David Bowie, an irreplaceable icon for music…and the world. But today, we want to celebrate Bowie on his birthday, by listening to his music and remembering all of the genius that he left behind for us before his journey through the stars.

Many Musicians Institute instructors and students can count Bowie as an inspiration to their musical dreams, so here are some of epic David Bowie performances to remind you why he was one of the best to ever do it.

One of His First Rare Appearances On TV

He started gaining fans with the iconic, “Space Oddity,” which he performed here on a Swiss TV show in 1969.

Singing “Heroes” At Top Of The Pops

“Heroes” was originally released as a single in September of 1977, and then appeared on his Heroes album later that year.

The Last Time He Performed As Ziggy Stardust

On July 3rd, 1973, Bowie shocked fans by announcing (after the final encore of “Rock and Roll Suicide”) that this show would be the final Ziggy Stardust concert.

His Final Televised Performance

In 2005, David Bowie performed in public for the final time, as part of the charity concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York, singing a beautiful rendition of “Life On Mars?”

He Sings A Tribute To John Lennon

On the 3rd anniversary of John Lennon’s death, Bowie decided to cover “Imagine” in memory of his friend.

Are you a Bowie fan? What is your favorite song of his?