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David Bowie was the genius who sprinkled some Stardust on the musical world

As the world mourns the loss of pop and cultural icon David Bowie, Kerry McKittrick talks to local personalities about what the man and his music meant to them

Published 13/01/2016

David Bowie at the Kings Hall. 3-12-1995.
David Bowie at the Kings Hall. 3-12-1995.
David Bowie with Belfast Telegraph reporter Marie Foy in Belfast on the 6th December 1995.
David Bowie at the Kings Hall. 3-12-1995.
David Bowie at the Kings Hall. 3-12-1995.
FILE - In this June 7, 2010 file photo, David Bowie attends the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York. Bowie, the innovative and iconic singer whose illustrious career lasted five decades, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2015, after battling cancer for 18 months. He was 69. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, File)
David Bowie at the Kings Hall. 3-12-1995.
David Bowie at the Kings Hall. 3-12-1995.
Live Aid...LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 13: Singer David Bowie performs at the Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium in London, 13th July 1985. The concert raised funds for famine relief in Ethiopia. (Photo by Georges De Keerle/Getty Images)...E
Bowie cover...File photo dated 25/11/2003 of David Bowie as an astronaut has said goodbye to life on the International Space Station by making a cover version of the singer's Space Oddity. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday May 13, 2013. Commander Chris Hadfield has built up more than 790,000 followers on Twitter by posting photographs of the Earth from space. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bowie. Photo credit should read: Andy Butterton/PA Wire...E
David Bowie...British singer David Bowie, London 1992. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)...Ent
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New Bowie video cost £8 to make...Embargoed to 0001 Thursday October 31 File photo dated 17/11/03 of Singer David Bowie as he comes face to face with one of his earlier guises in a video which he filmed himself for his new single - and cost him little more than £8 to make. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday October 31, 2013. The music veteran is seen clutching a Pierrot doll mannequin resembling the character he adopted in the video for his chart-topping single Ashes To Ashes 33 years ago. The 66-year-old star filmed it in a dark corridor of the office he has in Manhattan in New York last weekend to accompany his new single Love Is Lost. See PA story SHOWBIZ Mercury Bowie. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire...E
Lou Reed (L) and David Bowie (R) attend the opening of Lou Reed NY photography exhibit at the Gallery at Hermes on January 19, 2006 in New York City.
787-264 The Glass Spider Tour, David Bowie, Slane Castle, 11/7/87... David Bowie on stage. (Part of the NPA and Independent Newspapers Ireland)
DAVID BOWIE 2013
David Bowie short film...Undated handout video still issued by The Outside Organisation of David Bowie starring in a short film entitled "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" which accompanies his new single. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday February 26, 2013. The film is directed by Floria Sigismondi and shot by Jeff Cronenweth and features David Bowie and Tilda Swinton as a happily married couple. Their world is disturbed and then re-arranged by the intrusion of a celebrity couple played by Andrej Pejic and Saskia De Brauw. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bowie. Photo credit should read: Floria Sigismondi/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder....A
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787-264 The Glass Spider Tour, David Bowie, Slane Castle, 11/7/87... David Bowie on stage. (Part of the NPA and Independent Newspapers Ireland)
The 25th Anniversary Of The Annual CFDA Fashion Awards - Inside...NEW YORK - JUNE 4: Model Iman and musician David Bowie pose inside during the 25th Anniversary of the Annual CFDA Fashion Awards held at the New York Public Library June 4, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images for CFDA)...E
BBC Music Awards...EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO MERCHANDISING. File photo dated 13/06/04 of David Bowie, who is among the nominees in the first ever BBC Music Awards. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday December 8, 2014. David Bowie is up against Ed Sheeran, Elbow, Jungle, Royal Blood and Sam Smith for the accolade of British Artist of the Year. See PA story SHOWBIZ BBCAwards. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire...E
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DAVID BOWIE PERFORMS AT NETAID AT WEMBLEY ARENA...LON15D:LONDON,9OCT99 - David Bowie performs at NetAid at Wembley Stadium, October 9. NetAid is putting on concerts simultaneously in New York, Geneva and London and aims to persuade countries to drop Third World debt. as/Photo by Paul Hackett REUTERS...I
Bowie The Elephant...October 1980: Rock singer David Bowie takes a break from his current project; playing the title role in a broadway play based on the life of John Merrick, the hideously deformed ' Elephant Man'. Bowie uses mime to convey the character's deformity, rather than relying on elaborate make-up. The play has opened to critical acclaim, with Bowie's performance in particular receiving praise. (Photo by Keystone Features/Getty Images)...I
Bowie In Concert...British singer David Bowie in concert, 1983. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)...Ent
David Bowie pix for Eamon Carr piece (See attached file: David 1.jpg) (See attached file: David 2.jpg) Eithne Mooney Press & Promotions Sony Music Ireland Embassy House Ballsbridge Dublin 4 Direct line: +353 1 6473404 Fax: +353 1 6473430 Email: eithne_mooney@ie.sonymusic.com www.sonymusic.ie
BOWIE...British rock legend David Bowie smiles during a press conference in Tokyo Monday, March 8, 2004. The 57-year-old singer-songwriter is in Japan as part of his world tour for the first time in about eight years. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)...I
David Bowie performs in a concert during his worldwide tour called "A Reality Tour" at T-mobile arena in Prague, June 23, 2004. REUTERS/David W Cerny...E
DAVID BOWIE
DAVID BOWIE
BRITISH SINGER DAVID BOWIE PREFORMS IN CONCERT IN MANCHESTER...British singer David Bowie performs during the first concert of his UK tour in Manchester, November 17, 2003. REUTERS/Ian Hodgson...E
David Bowie live at the Point last night. Photo: Tony Gavin 22/11/03
David Bowie live at the Point last night. Photo: Tony Gavin 22/11/03
SHOWBIZ David_Bowie 4...Singer David Bowie performs live in concert as part of The Reality Tour at Wembley Arena in London Tuesday 25 November 2003. PA Photo : Andy Butterton...A
DAVID BOWIE ZIGGY
Turner And Bowie...American pop and soul singer Tina Turner with English singer-songwriter David Bowie, 1985. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)...Ent
David Bowie and Tina Turner perform on stage at the NEC Birmingham. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)...E
David Bowie concert at Slane 12/7/1987 Scanned from the Independent/NPA archive box 21
David Bowie Is ...Victoria And Albert Museum undated handout photo of striped bodysuit designed by Kansai Yamamoto for Aladdin Sane tour (1973), part of first museum David Bowie retrospective. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday September 4, 2012. The show, David Bowie Is, opens next spring and will feature Bowie's own instruments, sketches, musical scores, diary entries and album artwork. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bowie. Photo credit should read: V&A/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder....a
DAVID BOWIE - 1973...Mandatory Credit: Photo by ROGER BAMBER / Rex Features (50392a) DAVID BOWIE DAVID BOWIE - 1973
Photo of David Bowie...UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of David Bowie Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images...E
David Bowie, circa 1974
David Bowie performing on stage during a concert in La Courneuve on July 3, 1987. Getty.
David Bowie, who has died following an 18-month battle with cancer.
David Bowie released his Blackstar album on his 69th birthday
FILE - JANUARY 11; 2016: David Bowie Dies At Age 69 3rd February 1973: David Bowie (David Robert Jones) pop star and actor. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)
FILE - JANUARY 11; 2016: David Bowie Dies At Age 69 NEW YORK - JUNE 07: David Bowie attends the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 7, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
(FILES) This file photo taken on July 03, 1987 shows British singer David Bowie performing on stage during a concert in La Courneuve on July 3, 1987. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / BERTRAND GUAYBERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on July 1, 2002 shows British singer David Bowie performing in Paris during his only Paris gig. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / BERTRAND GUAYBERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on October 14, 1999 shows British rock star posing October 14, 1999 in Paris during a press conference. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / ERIC FEFERBERGERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on February 17, 1974 shows British rock star David Bowie, with his wife Angela (Angie) and his son Zowie, after receiving an award for his latest record "Ziggy stardust" in Amsterdam. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / STRINGERSTRINGER/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on February 13, 1997 shows rock music superstar David Bowie (R) and his wife, supermodel Iman smile as they pose for photos after Bowie received a star on the world famous Walk of Fame 12 February in Hollywood, CA. Bowie, whose changing persona has marked him as one of rock music's most dynamic performers over the last three decades, recently released his latest album "Earthlings." British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / VINCE BUCCIVINCE BUCCI/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on September 24, 2002 shows British musician David Bowie performing in Paris. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / MARTIN BUREAUMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on April 20, 1992 shows British singer David Bowie says a prayer for Freddie Mercury after singing a song in front of the 72,000 people gathered, at Wembley Stadium, in London to attend the Aids benefit concert. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / THIERRY SALIOUTHIERRY SALIOU/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on November 5, 2003 shows British singer David Bowie performs on stage during his concert at the Sportpaleis of Antwerp. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / BELGA / PETER DE VEOCHTPETER DE VEOCHT/AFP/Getty Images
Screen grabbed image taken from the Twitter feed of Duncan Jones @ManMadeMoon of a tribute he paid to his father David Bowie, who has died after suffering cancer for 18 months. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday January 11, 2016. See PA story DEATH Bowie. Photo credit should read: Duncan Jones/Twitter/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
File photo dated 01/12/93 of the Princess of Wales, Patron of the National Aids Trust, shaking hands with pop superstar David Bowie, who has died following an 18-month battle with cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday January 11, 2016. See PA story DEATH Bowie. Photo credit should read: Martin Keene/PA Wire
(FILES) This file photo taken on January 23, 1990 shows British singer David Bowie presenting himself to a press conference in London to announce his new world tour due to start in Canada in March, and will take in five continents and will close in August . British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / JOHNNY EGGITTJOHNNY EGGITT/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on April 1, 1976 shows British singer David Bowie is pictured, in April 1976, in Helsinki. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / LEHTIKUVA / STRINGERSTRINGER/AFP/Getty Images
File photo dated 10/04/87 of David Bowie, who has died following an 18-month battle with cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday January 11, 2016. See PA story DEATH Bowie. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
David Bowie's ex-wife Angie Bowie, one of the contestants in this year's Celebrity Big Brother.
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David Bowie at the Kings Hall
David Bowie at the King’s Hall in 1995
David Bowie with Belfast Telegraph reporter Marie Foy before the concert
Starman: Bowie in 1973
Fashion forward: The bodysuit designed for Aladdin Sane tour
Showman: Bowie was forever remoulding his image
On stage: Bowie in 1983
In loving memory: Fans pay tribute to David Bowie as flowers are left outside the apartment he shared with his wife Iman
Iman her husband David Bowie
David Bowie made the video of his 1983 hit Let's Dance at Carinda's only pub

A piece of street art in David Bowie’s native Brixton has become a shrine to the star since his death. The wall mural, which depicts him in his Ziggy Stardust persona, is now covered in floral tributes and messages of love to the late, great idol. As tributes dominate social media and virtually every newspaper and news bulletin, we find out what part Bowie played in the lives of politicians and journalists here who were inspired by his music and philosophy.

Danny Kinahan

Favourite Bowie song Sound and Vision

Danny Kinahan MP (57), lives in Templepatrick with his wife Anna and their children, Eliza (22), Tara (21), Hugo (19), and Mia (15). He says:

I had a good look through all my Bowie albums the day I heard that he died. All the original albums were on vinyl, then I had them on cassette, then on CD before I put them on to a music player.

I’m definitely a fan of that era of music and especially of David Bowie. I had known he was ill but it was still a shock when he passed away. My favourite song is Sound and Vision which was released as a single and came out during his collaboration with Brian Eno so it’s more of an electronic one. That’s been my mobile phone ring tone for a while now.

Life On Mars was my favourite song when I was at school and anything from the Pin Ups album.

When I was younger, having the most up to date album was almost a competition and it almost tied you to supporting a particular artist.

I would have music on all the time if I could and I still listen to Bowie — even at Westminster. Once I finish in Parliament, I sit and read in my room with the iPad on featuring Bowie, Genesis or Supertramp.

Bowie’s cross generation appeal was down to the different ways he did things. Instead of writing songs like a poem or a story, Bowie wrote ideas on scraps of paper then shuffled them around until they were in an order which he was satisfied with. He had a way of looking at things differently and he was a great example to all of us.”

Stuart Bailie

Favourite Bowie song Drive In Saturday

David Bowie, circa 1974
David Bowie, circa 1974
David Bowie and Tina Turner perform on stage at the NEC Birmingham. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)...E
Lou Reed (L) and David Bowie (R) attend the opening of Lou Reed NY photography exhibit at the Gallery at Hermes on January 19, 2006 in New York City.
DAVID BOWIE ZIGGY
David Bowie at the Kings Hall. 3-12-1995. Pic Belfast Telegraph archives
DAVID BOWIE - 1973...Mandatory Credit: Photo by ROGER BAMBER / Rex Features (50392a) DAVID BOWIE DAVID BOWIE - 1973
Paul Trynka wrote Starman: David Bowie - The Definitive Biography
David Bowie Is ...Victoria And Albert Museum undated handout photo of striped bodysuit designed by Kansai Yamamoto for Aladdin Sane tour (1973), part of first museum David Bowie retrospective. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday September 4, 2012. The show, David Bowie Is, opens next spring and will feature Bowie's own instruments, sketches, musical scores, diary entries and album artwork. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bowie. Photo credit should read: V&A/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder....a
David Bowie with Belfast Telegraph reporter Marie Foy in Belfast on the 6th December 1995. Pic Belfast Telegraph archives
Photo of David Bowie...UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of David Bowie Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images...E
David Bowie at the King's Hall, Belfast in December 1995. Pic Belfast Telegraph archives
David Bowie concert at Slane 12/7/1987 Scanned from the Independent/NPA archive box 21
Turner And Bowie...American pop and soul singer Tina Turner with English singer-songwriter David Bowie, 1985. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)...Ent
SHOWBIZ David_Bowie 4...Singer David Bowie performs live in concert as part of The Reality Tour at Wembley Arena in London Tuesday 25 November 2003. PA Photo : Andy Butterton...A
BRITISH SINGER DAVID BOWIE PREFORMS IN CONCERT IN MANCHESTER...British singer David Bowie performs during the first concert of his UK tour in Manchester, November 17, 2003. REUTERS/Ian Hodgson...E
David Bowie live at the Point last night. Photo: Tony Gavin 22/11/03
David Bowie live at the Point last night. Photo: Tony Gavin 22/11/03
DAVID BOWIE
DAVID BOWIE
David Bowie performs in a concert during his worldwide tour called "A Reality Tour" at T-mobile arena in Prague, June 23, 2004. REUTERS/David W Cerny...E
David Bowie pix for Eamon Carr piece (See attached file: David 1.jpg) (See attached file: David 2.jpg) Eithne Mooney Press & Promotions Sony Music Ireland Embassy House Ballsbridge Dublin 4 Direct line: +353 1 6473404 Fax: +353 1 6473430 Email: eithne_mooney@ie.sonymusic.com www.sonymusic.ie
BOWIE...British rock legend David Bowie smiles during a press conference in Tokyo Monday, March 8, 2004. The 57-year-old singer-songwriter is in Japan as part of his world tour for the first time in about eight years. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)...I
Bowie In Concert...British singer David Bowie in concert, 1983. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)...Ent
Bowie The Elephant...October 1980: Rock singer David Bowie takes a break from his current project; playing the title role in a broadway play based on the life of John Merrick, the hideously deformed ' Elephant Man'. Bowie uses mime to convey the character's deformity, rather than relying on elaborate make-up. The play has opened to critical acclaim, with Bowie's performance in particular receiving praise. (Photo by Keystone Features/Getty Images)...I
DAVID BOWIE PERFORMS AT NETAID AT WEMBLEY ARENA...LON15D:LONDON,9OCT99 - David Bowie performs at NetAid at Wembley Stadium, October 9. NetAid is putting on concerts simultaneously in New York, Geneva and London and aims to persuade countries to drop Third World debt. as/Photo by Paul Hackett REUTERS...I
BBC Music Awards...EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO MERCHANDISING. File photo dated 13/06/04 of David Bowie, who is among the nominees in the first ever BBC Music Awards. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday December 8, 2014. David Bowie is up against Ed Sheeran, Elbow, Jungle, Royal Blood and Sam Smith for the accolade of British Artist of the Year. See PA story SHOWBIZ BBCAwards. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire...E
The 25th Anniversary Of The Annual CFDA Fashion Awards - Inside...NEW YORK - JUNE 4: Model Iman and musician David Bowie pose inside during the 25th Anniversary of the Annual CFDA Fashion Awards held at the New York Public Library June 4, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images for CFDA)...E
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David Bowie short film...Undated handout video still issued by The Outside Organisation of David Bowie starring in a short film entitled "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" which accompanies his new single. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday February 26, 2013. The film is directed by Floria Sigismondi and shot by Jeff Cronenweth and features David Bowie and Tilda Swinton as a happily married couple. Their world is disturbed and then re-arranged by the intrusion of a celebrity couple played by Andrej Pejic and Saskia De Brauw. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bowie. Photo credit should read: Floria Sigismondi/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder....A
787-264 The Glass Spider Tour, David Bowie, Slane Castle, 11/7/87... David Bowie on stage. (Part of the NPA and Independent Newspapers Ireland)
2hf David Bowie Press Pic.jpg
DAVID BOWIE 2013
787-264 The Glass Spider Tour, David Bowie, Slane Castle, 11/7/87... David Bowie on stage. (Part of the NPA and Independent Newspapers Ireland)
New Bowie video cost £8 to make...Embargoed to 0001 Thursday October 31 File photo dated 17/11/03 of Singer David Bowie as he comes face to face with one of his earlier guises in a video which he filmed himself for his new single - and cost him little more than £8 to make. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday October 31, 2013. The music veteran is seen clutching a Pierrot doll mannequin resembling the character he adopted in the video for his chart-topping single Ashes To Ashes 33 years ago. The 66-year-old star filmed it in a dark corridor of the office he has in Manhattan in New York last weekend to accompany his new single Love Is Lost. See PA story SHOWBIZ Mercury Bowie. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire...E
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David Bowie...British singer David Bowie, London 1992. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)...Ent
Live Aid...LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 13: Singer David Bowie performs at the Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium in London, 13th July 1985. The concert raised funds for famine relief in Ethiopia. (Photo by Georges De Keerle/Getty Images)...E
Bowie cover...File photo dated 25/11/2003 of David Bowie as an astronaut has said goodbye to life on the International Space Station by making a cover version of the singer's Space Oddity. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday May 13, 2013. Commander Chris Hadfield has built up more than 790,000 followers on Twitter by posting photographs of the Earth from space. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bowie. Photo credit should read: Andy Butterton/PA Wire...E
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David Bowie with Belfast Telegraph reporter Marie Foy in Belfast on the 6th December 1995.
David Bowie in 1970
David Bowie and Iman
Flowers left below a mural of David Bowie on the wall of a Morley's store in Brixton, south London, the singer's birthplace
David Bowie, who has died following an 18-month battle with cancer.
David Bowie performing on stage during a concert in La Courneuve on July 3, 1987. Getty.
David Bowie released his Blackstar album on his 69th birthday
FILE - JANUARY 11; 2016: David Bowie Dies At Age 69 3rd February 1973: David Bowie (David Robert Jones) pop star and actor. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)
FILE - JANUARY 11; 2016: David Bowie Dies At Age 69 NEW YORK - JUNE 07: David Bowie attends the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 7, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
(FILES) This file photo taken on July 03, 1987 shows British singer David Bowie performing on stage during a concert in La Courneuve on July 3, 1987. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / BERTRAND GUAYBERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images
FILE - JANUARY 11; 2016: David Bowie Dies At Age 69 9th July 1973: Pop singer David Bowie is seen off at the station by his wife Angie. (Photo by Smith/Express/Getty Images)
(FILES) This file photo taken on July 1, 2002 shows British singer David Bowie performing in Paris during his only Paris gig. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / BERTRAND GUAYBERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on October 14, 1999 shows British rock star posing October 14, 1999 in Paris during a press conference. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / ERIC FEFERBERGERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on February 17, 1974 shows British rock star David Bowie, with his wife Angela (Angie) and his son Zowie, after receiving an award for his latest record "Ziggy stardust" in Amsterdam. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / STRINGERSTRINGER/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on February 13, 1997 shows rock music superstar David Bowie (R) and his wife, supermodel Iman smile as they pose for photos after Bowie received a star on the world famous Walk of Fame 12 February in Hollywood, CA. Bowie, whose changing persona has marked him as one of rock music's most dynamic performers over the last three decades, recently released his latest album "Earthlings." British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / VINCE BUCCIVINCE BUCCI/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on September 24, 2002 shows British musician David Bowie performing in Paris. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / MARTIN BUREAUMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on April 20, 1992 shows British singer David Bowie says a prayer for Freddie Mercury after singing a song in front of the 72,000 people gathered, at Wembley Stadium, in London to attend the Aids benefit concert. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / THIERRY SALIOUTHIERRY SALIOU/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on November 5, 2003 shows British singer David Bowie performs on stage during his concert at the Sportpaleis of Antwerp. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / BELGA / PETER DE VEOCHTPETER DE VEOCHT/AFP/Getty Images
Screen grabbed image taken from the Twitter feed of Duncan Jones @ManMadeMoon of a tribute he paid to his father David Bowie, who has died after suffering cancer for 18 months. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday January 11, 2016. See PA story DEATH Bowie. Photo credit should read: Duncan Jones/Twitter/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
File photo dated 01/12/93 of the Princess of Wales, Patron of the National Aids Trust, shaking hands with pop superstar David Bowie, who has died following an 18-month battle with cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday January 11, 2016. See PA story DEATH Bowie. Photo credit should read: Martin Keene/PA Wire
(FILES) This file photo taken on January 23, 1990 shows British singer David Bowie presenting himself to a press conference in London to announce his new world tour due to start in Canada in March, and will take in five continents and will close in August . British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / JOHNNY EGGITTJOHNNY EGGITT/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on April 1, 1976 shows British singer David Bowie is pictured, in April 1976, in Helsinki. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / LEHTIKUVA / STRINGERSTRINGER/AFP/Getty Images
FILE - In this June 7, 2010 file photo, David Bowie attends the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York. Bowie, the innovative and iconic singer whose illustrious career lasted five decades, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2015, after battling cancer for 18 months. He was 69. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, File)
David Bowie at the Kings Hall. 3-12-1995. Pic Belfast Telegraph archives
David Bowie at the Kings Hall. 3-12-1995. Pic Belfast Telegraph archives
David Bowie at the Kings Hall. 3-12-1995. Pic Belfast Telegraph archives

Stuart Bailie (53) is a broadcaster, DJ and founder member of Belfast’s Oh Yeah Centre. He says:

One of my favourite songs was Drive In Saturday from the album Aladdin Sane which was a beautiful song. It’s like a cheesy Fifties song that he turned into a Bowie space romance along the way. Everything he did had his own magnificent spin on it.

The other song would be Young Americans. After the glam rock era he went into this plastic phase and out of nowhere he pulled this fantastic soul song that other people would spend their entire careers trying to create — it would make a stone dance.

When Bowie was at the height of his fame I used to rent records each week from Mike’s Record shop and I got one or two David Bowie records so I worked my way through the collection, which was a great education.

I never met him and it was a bit of a shock to discover that he had died. I was distraught because he was one of those people in the Seventies whose music was a lifeline to so many people. It was a time when things over here were so dark and David Bowie brought colour and glamour and peculiar wonderful things from outside of the darkness.

His songs were endlessly fascinating and there’s such a breadth there. He was like The Beatles — there has to be something of Bowie’s that everyone will like. It would be a very dull person that would hate David Bowie.

There is always a bit of mystery and intrigue about him — I think Bowie never told the whole story. There’s always been something about him that brings you back to his music.”

Jamie Delargy

Favourite Bowie song Suffragette City

Jamie Delargy (61) is the business editor of UTV. He is married to Claire and they have three grown-up children. He says:

Suffragette City, a track off the Ziggy Stardust album, is my favourite. I even bought the album when it first came out — I didn’t come to it late. It’s a hard thing to do to pick one song on it. I could pick other songs on the album but that one stands out to me. The record sleeve and a bit of advice that the album should be played at maximum volume — which of course I did — appealed. I also really loved Jean Genie which came out as a single around about the same time; that was a super tune too.

If you take the decade between 1965-1975, you can really see rock music flowering and developing with new talents emerging and David Bowie was one of those talents. He appealed because he was so different in both his sound and look. We’re always looking for something novel and David Bowie supplied that.”

Kerry McLean

Favourite Bowie song Absolute Beginners

Kerry McLean (40) is a Radio Ulster broadcaster. She lives in Ballymoney with her husband Ralph and their children, Tara (9), Dan (7) and newborn daughter Eve. She says:

When I heard that David Bowie had died I was heartbroken. He was my absolute idol when I was young and his were the very first pictures I had up in my bedroom.

My friends reminded me just after he died that the posters were all covered in lipstick kisses — it was Rimmel’s Heather Mist and it was the only lipstick I was allowed to wear back then. They also reminded me that every time they came over to my house, I made them watch Labyrinth because it had David Bowie in it. I always felt that we had something in common because we both have different coloured eyes —  I was born with one green and one brown.

But I managed to meet him when I was in my mid-20s and making education programmes for the BBC’s World Service.

We got lots of very good interviews because people were keen to do things for global education. I was at a press junket interviewing someone else and then they came to me and told me I could have two minutes with David Bowie.

I’ve been lucky to interview lots of very famous people, but Bowie had an aura about him that was something special.

I could see it when I was waiting outside to meet him because all of these big name journalists from music magazines were there too and they were just as nervous as I was.

When I got in he was lovely but I was so nervous. I started to talk but I got so flabbergasted that I literally forgot how to speak. He just said, ‘right, just take a deep breath and start again’. I had literally two minutes with him so I only managed to ask two questions and I can’t remember what they were. He was the world’s coolest man right up until he passed away — he didn’t have to try like the rest of us, he just had it.

He was so kind when I stumbled in that interview and wasn’t snarly at all.

He was clearly used to people just losing it in front of him. I think there’s only a very small handful of famous people who have the character to draw people to them as soon as they walk into a room — and he was certainly one. He was just magnetic.

I’m very pleased I got to meet him, although I wish I has been a little cooler when I did. David Bowie — as an artist — has endured because very few rock stars or musicians step outside the box that they create for themselves, but he did nothing but that.

He changed so much and I think he wasn’t famous for being a musician but famous for being an artist who just happened to be a musician.

My favourite Bowie song is probably Absolute Beginners. It reminds of the time when I first really got into Bowie and I remember putting that song on to play and realising that it was something different. That’s the one that made me fall in love with him.”

Ian Paisley

Favourite Bowie song Starman

Ian Paisley is DUP MP for North Antrim where he lives with his wife Fiona and their four children. He says:

I first remember listening to David Bowie’s music in the Eighties around about the time he released Let’s Dance.

But that wasn’t my favourite song, I preferred Starman because the music was so hypnotic and majestic. It has a nice, orchestrated feel about it and you can’t help but listen to it when it comes on the radio.

I can’t say I would have discovered David Bowie through my dad’s record collection.

I don’t even think I bought a David Bowie album but his songs would have been on all the compilation albums I used to buy. It was always there and I always used to listen to it and appreciate the music because it was always something different. His death has come as a shock because so few people knew he was seriously ill. He seems to have been very clever, like Freddie Mercury, and created his own requiem in his last album which was released just days before he died.”

Ivan Little

Favourite Bowie song China Girl

Writer and broadcaster Ivan Little.   He says:

The first time I heard my all-time stand-out David Bowie song China Girl in the late Seventies, it wasn’t him singing — it was his co-writer Iggy Pop and its raw power transfixed me. But in the Eighties I saw Bowie’s video for the song which he’d recorded for his album Let’s Dance produced by the incomparable Niles Rodgers. And that was that.

Bowie looked and sounded like the king of cool and the spicy ending with his lover in the surf on an Australian beach —  which was censored in some countries — made a similar entanglement in From Here to Eternity look like Snow White.

I’ve heard all sorts of speculation about the song’s racism messages and the lyrics’ apparent references to heroin but the only thing that’s certain for me is that China Girl was pure genius from the erstwhile Jean Genie creator.”

Eamonn McCann

Favourite Bowie song Let's Dance

Eamonn McCann is a broadcaster and writer. He says:

One of the best phrases ever to ornament a song is “in this serious moonlight”. Ominous, original, intriguing, entrancing. It’s repeated twice in Let's Dance, a pop song with ideas above its station that it carries off with aplomb. Bowie in majestic voice, shrill unsettling flourishes in the music, a stance that’s both arrogant and vulnerably aching for love. Intonations of performance art … ‘dance the blues’. It’s not that nobody did it better, but that nobody else did it at all.”

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