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Planet Earth is blue as fans mourn Bowie

FILE - David Bowie attends an awards show in this June 5, 2007 file photo taken in New York. The English singer announced Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 his 66th birthday, that he has released his first song in 10 years titled "Where Are We Now?" A new album, "The Next Day," will be out March 11 and 12 in the United Kingdom and the United States, respectively. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)
FILE - David Bowie attends an awards show in this June 5, 2007 file photo taken in New York. The English singer announced Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 his 66th birthday, that he has released his first song in 10 years titled "Where Are We Now?" A new album, "The Next Day," will be out March 11 and 12 in the United Kingdom and the United States, respectively. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin) STEPHEN CHERNIN

SPACE Shed studio owner Greg Schubert first heard the music of David Bowie when he was seven, and was lucky enough to see Bowie live as a young teenager.

"It would have been around 1974 or '75, my older sister and her boyfriend took me along to see him at the Sydney Showground," he said.

"I remember the band playing the opening riff to Rebel Rebel, and then stopping.

"They were whipping the crowd in to a frenzy, and then they finally played it as the final encore, I'll never forget it."

Mr Schubert was one of many Valley residents yesterday mourning the death of music icon Bowie, aged 69, after an 18-month battle with cancer.
 

Which of David Bowie’s biggest Billboard hits is your favourite?

This poll ended on 30 January 2016.

Let’s Dance (1983) - 10%

Fame (1975) - 1%

Golden Years (1976) - 5%

Dancing in the Street ft. Mick Jagger (1985) - 3%

Blue Jean (1984) - 0%

China Girl (1983) - 3%

Space Oddity (1973) - 23%

Modern Love (1983) - 4%

Day-In Day-Out (1987) - 1%

I never liked David Bowie - 4%

My favourite track is not listed here because I'm a real fan - 40%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

The announcement was made to the world on the artist's Facebook page.

Over the decades in his genre-defying career, Bowie inspired millions with his rare talent and originality in experimenting and embracing various styles of music, from folk to rock and pop to electronic and disco.

Mr Schubert said not only was Bowie's music ground-breaking, but the recording techniques he employed were revolutionary.

"His music was so interesting and influential, and he was extremely innovative in how he used the studio as an instrument," he said.

"He was motivated by the possibilities of what could be achieved when recording music.

"Some of the things that he and (producer) Brian Eno did, they were physically innovative to make the music they did, with microphone placement to get sounds that hadn't been heard that way before.

"Listening to it now, his sound is still so unique, and he isn't copying anyone, it's all coming straight from his heart. "That's the mark of a genius."

After hearing the news Monday night, Mr Schubert said he was lucky to have Bowie in his ears as a teenager.

Hard Road Guitar's Paul Kneller said growing up in the '70s, Bowie was a huge artist.

"I just admire how he kept reinventing himself and his music, and listening today you can go through a lot of artists and see Bowie in them," he said.

"The influence he had is clear when you see how many other bands have covered his music."



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