David Bowie’s Family Gives Thanks for Wave of Posthumous Tributes, Elton John Honors Bowie With ‘Space Oddity’ Performance
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David Bowie‘s death has prompted an outpouring of public affection from his friends, fans, peers and acolytes all over the world, as well as a virtual avalanche of press — and it definitely hasn’t gone unnoticed by his family.
A broad (but by no means complete) sample of the many Bowie-inspired features that have run since word broke of his passing can be viewed at his official Facebook page, where admins have posted a graphic collecting shots of the Guardian, Time, the NME and many others. The image arrived on the heels of a note posted on behalf of Bowie’s family, which begins with a simple “THANK YOU.”
While planning their own private ceremony — and asking fans to respect their privacy — the family acknowledged their gratitude toward those who’ve already paid their respects, writing that they are “overwhelmed by and grateful for the love and support shown throughout the world.” The note goes on to remind fans that any Bowie tribute that’s been announced at this point has not been planned or organized by his estate.
“While the concerts and tributes planned for the coming weeks are all welcome, none are official memorials organized or endorsed by the family,” concludes the post. “Just as each and every one of us found something unique in David’s music, we welcome everyone’s celebration of his life as they see fit.”
Another of those tributes came courtesy of Elton John, who took a few moments out of his show at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles yesterday to thank Bowie for inspiring him to make some crucial connections early in his recording career.
Looking back on the making of his 1970 self-titled LP, John recalled that he wasn’t sure who he wanted to hire to produce or arrange the record — and then everything changed after he heard Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” featuring production from Gus Dudgeon and a string arrangement from Paul Buckmaster. He hired both of them, starting a long and incredibly fruitful partnership. “I have David Bowie to thank for that amazing collaboration,” John told the audience, then moved into an instrumental performance of “Space Oddity” that led into his own hit, “Rocket Man.” Check it out in the above video.
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