Post Music: Remembering David Bowie

To music lovers around the world David Bowie was the Starman immortalised in a song from 1972.

Saturday, 27th February 2016, 2:06 pm
Updated Saturday, 27th February 2016, 2:10 pm
David Bowie, pictured playing at what was then known as the Town & Country Club in Leeds, in 1997.

His death, reportedly from liver cancer, on January 10 provoked widespread shock and grief at the loss of one of the most influential singers, songwriters and musicians of the last 50 years.

In a special Post Music podcast we talk to some of those Bowie worked with or knew him during the course of his remarkable career.

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David Bowie, who died last month, pictured back in 2002.

We look at some of his Yorkshire connections with the likes of Scarborough guitarist John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson, with whom he collaborated in the 1960s and 70s, and Woody Woodmansey, the Driffield-born drummer in the group the Spiders From Mars.

David Bowie, pictured during his 2003 'Reality' tour in the USA. Picture: AP/Kathy Willens.

And also speak to the singer Lisa Ronson, whose father Mick Ronson, from Hull, played guitar in the Spiders From Mars.

Author Mick McCann and Ian De Whytell, owner of Crash Records in Leeds, discuss what it was like being longtime Bowie fans and there are anecdotes from guitarist Reeves Gabrels, who worked with Bowie in Tin Machine and beyond between 1989 and 1999, synth pop star Howard Jones and Billy Duffy of The Cult.

Finally James Brown of Leeds band Pulled Apart By Horses tells why his group have recorded a version of the Bowie song Ziggy Stardust for charity.

David Bowie, pictured in Leeds in 1973.
David Bowie, in Leeds back in 1973.
David Bowie, pictured in 1997.
Writer Mick McCann, from Leeds, who wrote a book about growing up as a David Bowie fan.
Ian De-Whytell, owner of Crash Records, self-confessed David Bowie nut. Picture; Simon Hulme.
Lisa Ronson with Earl Slick, left, and Reeves Gabrels, right. Picture: Tom Wilcox
John 'Hutch' Hutchinson. Picture: Russell J Watkins
Woody Woodmansey. Picture: Chris Youd
David Bowie, who died last month, pictured back in 2002.
David Bowie, pictured during his 2003 'Reality' tour in the USA. Picture: AP/Kathy Willens.
David Bowie, pictured in Leeds in 1973.
David Bowie, in Leeds back in 1973.
David Bowie, pictured in 1997.
Writer Mick McCann, from Leeds, who wrote a book about growing up as a David Bowie fan.
Ian De-Whytell, owner of Crash Records, self-confessed David Bowie nut. Picture; Simon Hulme.
Lisa Ronson with Earl Slick, left, and Reeves Gabrels, right. Picture: Tom Wilcox
John 'Hutch' Hutchinson. Picture: Russell J Watkins
Woody Woodmansey. Picture: Chris Youd