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Bowie: He Did it His Way

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January 15, 2016

As I was sitting at my computer at 2:30am Monday morning, breaking news came over the telly. The announcement of David Bowie’s death took my breath away…

 

I just couldn’t wrap my head around the news. I immediately went to the internet and yes, it was true. Over the next couple of days, people were calling knowing that I knew the man. I hadn’t seen him in a while but definitely spent some time with him when I was with John and later on when he comforted me when John died.

My memories of David are good ones. I was there when John, David and Carlos Alomar started creating the song FAME, David’s first #1 single. David, in later years, invited me to go see the play ELEPHANT MAN just before he was about to take on the role himself. It was amazing how fast he learned his lines for this play. Sitting next to him, I could hear him reciting the lines along with the actor playing John Merrick. He had also invited me to his Opening Night on Broadway… all I can say is he was absolutely fabulous.

I was taken aback when he asked me to appear in his video FASHION from his Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) album. He even managed to show up at my birthday party one year at my apartment. The place was packed and no one could move but when he walked into the room it was like the parting of the Red Sea. Quite hilarious! He only stayed for a very short time. He wanted to drop off a present for me. I won’t forget that.

In later years, I was married to Tony Visconti, his producer. It comes full circle. I remembered a phone conversation with David and I mentioned how my favorite song of his was HEROES… and he said, it was his too. Like everyone around the world, we will miss him but he left us with an amazing amount of work that we can go over and over time and time again.

 

(Photograph from unknown photographer, 1980, print gifted to May by Bowie)

 

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  • Ellie Carley

    His favourite song was Heroes? Awwww…. great words May x

  • Willy Ouellette

    May, thank you for sharing this story with us. It is always refreshing to hear/read them. He is no longer with us on this plane, however, his body of work will continue to keep us entertained for many years to come……may he RIP

  • http://www.digiscrapcafe.com/ Sojournstar

    Love you May, and him!

  • http://brianriley.us/ Brian Riley

    Precious memories!

  • Littledoyouknow

    Thanks, May. You were obviously in the thick of exciting times.

  • Littledoyouknow

    Thanks, May, for this memory. I enjoy your very direct comments about your time with John Lennon and now Bowie (may he rest in peace). You were among the noise-makers in very exciting times.

  • Tim Webb

    Never knew about you, May.
    But I really, really, like you.
    Blessed are the peacemakers.

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