But as we learned in this 1999 E! True Hollywood Story interview, the man who unexpectedly passed away on Wednesday, revealed that had he been the one who had become David Bowie, he would have been just fine with that, too.
"I say this without any reservation whatsoever," Jones told E!. "I could have quite as easily been Davy Bowie. I could have done what he did, with all that material he used, with all that kind of presentation, with all that kind of makeup, because it's theater."
Well, given how Jones did get his start on the stage, namely playing the Artful Dodger in the musical Oliver!, it certainly doesn't sound too far-fetched.
But what did take us by surprise, albeit in a good way, was Jones admitting that he enjoyed, of all things, karaoke.
"I'm asked to get up in karaoke bars and I've sung 'Daydream Believer' because it pleases the 12 or 15 people that are there," he said. "Why shouldn't I? I sing it better than anybody else. I'll give them the best. Let them hear the one who did it first. It doesn't matter if there's 10 people or 10,000 people, my performance is the same. I put it right out there."
He did indeed.