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Rick Wakeman's musical tribute for late David Bowie

Rick Wakeman's musical tribute for late David Bowie

Rick Wakeman has recorded a musical tribute to the late David Bowie.

The musician - who worked with the 'Starman' hitmaker as his keyboardist - appeared on BBC Radio 2 last week to play a poignant piano version of 'Life On Mars', which he has now recorded and released in aid of the Macmillan Cancer Support charity.

He said: "I feel extremely fortunate to be able to release my piano version of David Bowie's 'Life On Mars' and 'Space Oddity', both of which I performed on the original releases. I think it's very apt for the proceeds to go to Macmillan, a charity that is so crucial to so many people. I witnessed this first hand when I lost my mother to cancer and the work they do comes from the heart and is truly priceless."

Rick, 66, hopes the tracks will be a "fitting tribute" to the star - who tragically passed away earlier this month from cancer aged just 69 - as well as raising money for the "wonderful work" the charity do.

He added: "Whilst some amazing advances in medicine mean that some form of cancers have a very high survival rate and indeed prolonged life in others, with all cancers it is a very tough time for both the patient and their loved ones. Hopefully the songs will not only be a fitting tribute to David, but will also raise some money to help Macmillan with the wonderful work they do, ensuring no-one faces cancer alone."

The tracks are available to be streamed on Spotify and pre-ordered from Amazon.