British director and producer Bruce Gowers died at the age of 83. The BBC confirmed the news of his death, paying tribute to the accomplished filmmaker who left a lasting impact on the entertainment industry.
A career in music videos
Gowers was a trailblazer in the world of music videos, revolutionizing the way in which music was consumed and perceived.
In a statement to the media, Gowers once said, "I changed the way music was perceived and that at that time everyone started doing music videos because they found that if the videos were good, their sales and position on the music charts went up." With an Emmy and a Grammy under his belt, Gowers worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, and Queen.
One of his most iconic videos is the classic "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen. The video, which was shot in just three hours, was the first to air on "Top of the Pops" and set the standard for music videos that followed. Throughout his career, Gowers went on to direct videos for a wide range of artists, including Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You,” Prince’s “1999,” Rod Stewart’s “Hot Legs,” John Mellencamp’s “Jack & Diane,” Rush’s “Limelight” and “Tom Sawyer,” the Bee Gees’ “How Deep Is Your Love,” 10cc’s “I’m Not In Love,” Chaka Khan’s “I’m Every Woman,” and many more.
He won a Grammy in 1986 for directing Huey Lewis And The News’ “Heart Of Rock And Roll” video. Gowers also developed the Kidsongs video series with his wife, Carol Rosenstein.
A beloved colleague and friend
Gowers was known for his boundless enthusiasm, energy, passion and joy in his work, as well as his generosity towards his colleagues.
According to his family, "He loved and was loved by the crews that he worked with and was known far and wide for his generosity as a colleague, constantly encouraging and promoting the talented people on his team. Funny, irreverent and wonderfully candid, he will be remembered in countless legendary stories that will keep his charming spirit alive for many years to come.
He was always happiest in the control room, on a boat in the Bahamas, and of course, at home with the dogs, friends and family." Gowers is survived by his wife, Carol Rosenstein; his daughter, Katharine Polk; his son, Sean Gowers and his four grandchildren: Sean Jr., Robert, Charlotte and Layla.
His legacy will live on through the countless music videos he directed and produced, which continue to entertain and inspire audiences around the world.